History VideoGame / GrandTheftAuto

25th Jan '17 12:34:30 PM v-n-n-n-n
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* NoNameGiven: The player character in ''III'', until ''San Andreas'' revealed his name to be Claude. Before that, he was often referred to as "Fido" [[FanNickname by fans]].

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* NoNameGiven: The player character in ''III'', until ''San Andreas'' revealed his name to be Claude. Before that, he was often referred to once as "Fido" by Maria, which stuck [[FanNickname by with fans]].
25th Jan '17 12:23:27 PM v-n-n-n-n
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* RobotMaid: Domestobot! Mentioned on the radio in ''Vice City'' and becomes controllable for a mission in ''Vice City Stories''.
19th Jan '17 4:22:10 AM erforce
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** The games are based on many popular American crime movies and tropes but often the distorted the popular-culture vision rather than the UnbuiltTrope of the original. Brian de Palma's Film/{{Scarface}} starring Creator/AlPacino is an anti-drug story and a tragedy, the SpiritualAdaptation VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity is a sociopath's gleeful and successful RoaringRampageOfRevenge with none of the qualms and drawbacks of dealing drugs addressed once in the game. VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV faced the problem of trying to portray crime in New York after the city underwent gentrification and historically low drops in the crime rate.

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** The games are based on many popular American crime movies and tropes but often the distorted the popular-culture vision rather than the UnbuiltTrope of the original. Brian de Palma's Film/{{Scarface}} ''Film/{{Scarface|1983}}'' starring Creator/AlPacino is an anti-drug story and a tragedy, the SpiritualAdaptation VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity is a sociopath's gleeful and successful RoaringRampageOfRevenge with none of the qualms and drawbacks of dealing drugs addressed once in the game. VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV faced the problem of trying to portray crime in New York after the city underwent gentrification and historically low drops in the crime rate.
13th Jan '17 8:38:45 PM JulianLapostat
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** ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'' has CJ fleeing the 'Hood of Los Santos to carjacking in Liberty City, and be regarded as a ProdigalHero by the Grove Street Families who have decayed even more after his departure. CJ sees no hope in the old community-oriented gang represented by his elder brother Sweet, because they don't make enough money and can't compete with the drug dealing Ballas gangs but Sweet is unwilling or incapable to do anything else. His friends, Big Smoke and Ryder, also agree but [[spoiler:they betray Sweet and CJ and go into the drug business, leaving Sweet imprisoned and CJ forced by the BigBad and circumstances to work as a freelance mercenary]] doing jobs for the Triads, the US Government and eventually becoming a legitimate entertainment mogul. Indeed when he [[spoiler:reunites with Sweet, he brings up his legitimate success as Madd Dogg's manager and as a stakeholder in a Las Venturas casino, but Sweet insists that they deal with the Hood first. So CJ out of love for Sweet he returns to his gangster ways to reclaim the hood, purge the Ballas and Sweet and at the end "fixing to hit the block, and swee what's up"]].
** VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV and its two expansion pack also explores it. Niko Bellic laments that it's unlikely he'll ever be anything more than a hitman and thug, since it's all he's ever known. In [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIVTheBalladOfGayTony The Ballad of Gay Tony]], Luiz actually likes being a club manager and dislikes doing gangster work even if he is good at it. The most tragic case is [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIVTheLostAndTheDamned The Lost and the Damned]], the Lost MC club are stuck in a timewarp of TheFifties and are little more than thugs for other gangs. The one time Johnny Klebitz tries to fix things, he ends up destroying the club.
** VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV has Michael who is an ex-gangster bored by StepfordSuburbia, while Franklin is a ghetto hood who, like CJ, wants to move up the crime ladder and work for bigger scores. Trevor however is entirely conformtable being a gangster and wouldn't dream of being anything else.

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** ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'' has CJ fleeing the 'Hood of Los Santos to carjacking in Liberty City, and be regarded as a ProdigalHero by the Grove Street Families who have decayed even more after his departure. CJ sees no hope in the old community-oriented gang represented by his elder brother Sweet, because they don't make enough money and can't compete with the drug dealing Ballas gangs but Sweet is unwilling or incapable to do anything else. His friends, Big Smoke and Ryder, also agree but [[spoiler:they betray Sweet and CJ and go into the drug business, leaving Sweet imprisoned and CJ forced by the BigBad and circumstances to work as a freelance mercenary]] doing jobs for the Triads, the US Government and eventually becoming a legitimate entertainment mogul.mogul with business interests across the state. Indeed when he [[spoiler:reunites with Sweet, he brings up his legitimate success as Madd Dogg's manager and as a stakeholder in a Las Venturas casino, but Sweet insists that they deal with the Hood first. So CJ out of love for Sweet he returns to his gangster ways to reclaim the hood, purge the Ballas and Sweet and at the end "fixing to hit the block, and swee see what's up"]].
** VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV and its two expansion pack also explores it. Niko Bellic laments that it's unlikely he'll ever be anything more than a hitman and thug, since it's all he's ever known. In [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIVTheBalladOfGayTony The Ballad of Gay Tony]], Luiz actually likes being a club manager and dislikes doing gangster work even if he is good at it. The most tragic case is [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIVTheLostAndTheDamned [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIVTheLostAndDamned The Lost and the Damned]], the Lost MC club are stuck in a timewarp of TheFifties and are little more than thugs for other gangs. The one time Johnny Klebitz tries to fix things, he ends up destroying the club.
** VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV has Michael who is an ex-gangster bored by StepfordSuburbia, while Franklin is a ghetto hood who, like CJ, wants to move up the crime ladder and work for bigger scores. Trevor however is entirely conformtable comfortable being a gangster and wouldn't dream of being anything else.
13th Jan '17 8:32:29 PM JulianLapostat
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* JustAGangster: GTA has a running conflict between gangsters who broaden their horizons and go into other areas, and those who want to stick to what they're good at:
** VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity has Tommy Vercetti who was a mob hitman who wants to make a transition into legitimate business, while his mob bosses back in Liberty City wanted him to remain as a gangster. Lance Vance is likewise not as competent in civilian endeavors, so [[spoiler:they turn on Tommy and Tommy ends up killing them both and in the PlayableEpilogue is a druglord and property-owner though we never quite learn if he ever went completely legit]].
** ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'' has CJ fleeing the 'Hood of Los Santos to carjacking in Liberty City, and be regarded as a ProdigalHero by the Grove Street Families who have decayed even more after his departure. CJ sees no hope in the old community-oriented gang represented by his elder brother Sweet, because they don't make enough money and can't compete with the drug dealing Ballas gangs but Sweet is unwilling or incapable to do anything else. His friends, Big Smoke and Ryder, also agree but [[spoiler:they betray Sweet and CJ and go into the drug business, leaving Sweet imprisoned and CJ forced by the BigBad and circumstances to work as a freelance mercenary]] doing jobs for the Triads, the US Government and eventually becoming a legitimate entertainment mogul. Indeed when he [[spoiler:reunites with Sweet, he brings up his legitimate success as Madd Dogg's manager and as a stakeholder in a Las Venturas casino, but Sweet insists that they deal with the Hood first. So CJ out of love for Sweet he returns to his gangster ways to reclaim the hood, purge the Ballas and Sweet and at the end "fixing to hit the block, and swee what's up"]].
** VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV and its two expansion pack also explores it. Niko Bellic laments that it's unlikely he'll ever be anything more than a hitman and thug, since it's all he's ever known. In [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIVTheBalladOfGayTony The Ballad of Gay Tony]], Luiz actually likes being a club manager and dislikes doing gangster work even if he is good at it. The most tragic case is [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIVTheLostAndTheDamned The Lost and the Damned]], the Lost MC club are stuck in a timewarp of TheFifties and are little more than thugs for other gangs. The one time Johnny Klebitz tries to fix things, he ends up destroying the club.
** VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV has Michael who is an ex-gangster bored by StepfordSuburbia, while Franklin is a ghetto hood who, like CJ, wants to move up the crime ladder and work for bigger scores. Trevor however is entirely conformtable being a gangster and wouldn't dream of being anything else.
11th Jan '17 5:46:12 PM JulianLapostat
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* ThirdIs3D

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* ThirdIs3DTheThemeParkVersion: The games are over the top satirical theme park versions of American cities, American culture, American institutions and American popular culture.
** All its cities (Liberty City, Los Santos, Vice City) are FantasyCounterpartCulture of New York, Los Angeles and Miami respectively but much, much smaller than the real thing, far easier to navigate but with just enough of the general feel and look of the real-world counterparts to give players a facsimile of the real thing. [[http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2013/09/23/grand_theft_economics_why_no_traffic_jams_in_los_santos.html A common observation is how Los Santos]] doesn't have the notorious traffic of Los Angeles and no traffic jams, which obviously helps the central game mechanic but makes it less convincing as a simulation.
** The general gameplay more or less only works with a satirical distorted view that Rockstar submit its portrayal too, since the cities are portrayed to be as corrupt as a BananaRepublic with suspects of multiple felonies buying their way out of murders with a slap on the wrist, an income system that doesn't punish you for losing your health (when American health care is incredibly expensive) and allowing a single individual to somehow learn how to drive multiple vehicles on land, sea and air which in real-life only few individuals ever accumulate the required knowledge to do so, leave alone the proficiency which allows for vehicle stunts as the games invites you to do.
** The games are based on many popular American crime movies and tropes but often the distorted the popular-culture vision rather than the UnbuiltTrope of the original. Brian de Palma's Film/{{Scarface}} starring Creator/AlPacino is an anti-drug story and a tragedy, the SpiritualAdaptation VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity is a sociopath's gleeful and successful RoaringRampageOfRevenge with none of the qualms and drawbacks of dealing drugs addressed once in the game. VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV faced the problem of trying to portray crime in New York after the city underwent gentrification and historically low drops in the crime rate.
** The later games have a mechanic by which gamers can buy and invest in property and businesses which unlock missions that involve improving and building said works. Actual property acquisition and businesses is a complex process that involves mortgage, electricity and maintenance which is usually handwaved with a one-time cash payment with no additional expenses incurred on the part of the owner.
* ThirdIs3D: GrandTheftAutoIII is one of the kmost
2nd Jan '17 10:57:16 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* StrawmanPolitical: Rockstar uses this against ''both'' sides, having liberal and conservative strawmen bashing each other on the radio, although the right does seem to get the worst of it. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment And that's all we're saying on that subject.]]

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* StrawmanPolitical: StrawCharacter: Much like ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' and Radio/HowardStern, Rockstar uses this against ''both'' sides, having liberal loves to mock activists on every corner of the political spectrum, left and conservative strawmen bashing each right, often from a cynical, broadly libertarian standpoint -- and even libertarian causes aren't safe.[[note]]''GTA V'' was quite unsympathetic towards New Atheists and pro-marijuana activists, for instance.[[/note]] It's probably easier to name a political position, other on the radio, although the right does seem to get the worst than a generic defense of it. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment And that's all we're saying on freedom of speech, that subject.]]they ''haven't'' made fun of.
2nd Jan '17 10:47:48 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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** In ''Vice City'', you get Pastor Richards, an {{expy}} of Jim Bakker and other corrupt televangelists, Jack Howitzer, a parody of [[TheEighties '80s]] [[TheAhnold action stars]] like Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone (who reappears in ''San Andreas''), and Love Fist, a gleeful mockery of every HairMetal band ever.
** In ''San Andreas'', you've got rapper Madd Dogg (three guesses as to who he's an expy of, and the first two don't count -- oh, and he's voiced by Ice-T), and Cris Fromage, a parody of Creator/LRonHubbard.

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** In ''Vice City'', you get Pastor Richards, an {{expy}} of Jim Bakker and other [[CorruptChurch corrupt televangelists, televangelists]], Jack Howitzer, a parody of [[TheEighties '80s]] [[TheAhnold action stars]] like Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone Creator/SylvesterStallone (who reappears in ''San Andreas''), and Love Fist, a gleeful mockery of every HairMetal band ever.
** In ''San Andreas'', you've got rapper Madd Dogg (three guesses as to who he's an expy of, and the first two don't count -- oh, and he's voiced by Ice-T), Music/IceT), and Cris Fromage, a parody of Creator/LRonHubbard.Creator/LRonHubbard who founded a ChurchOfHappyology-style group called the Epsilon Program.



** ''IV'', meanwhile, gives us Samantha Muldoon (a Madonna-esque pop singer who has adopted pretty much half the babies in Africa), Jill Von Crastenberg, Cloe Parker, and January Natasha Vasquez (parodies of famous-for-being-famous celebritarts like Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian), Tony [=McTony=] (a club-friendly rapper whose lyrics are only about money, bling, guns, pimped-out cars, and hot bitches), and Brandon Roberts (a big-name actor who associates himself with liberal causes solely to enhance his public image -- oh, and he's also a [[strike:Scientologist]] member of the Epsilon Program).

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** ''IV'', meanwhile, gives us Samantha Muldoon (a Madonna-esque Music/{{Madonna}}-esque pop singer who has adopted pretty much half the babies in Africa), Jill Von Crastenberg, Cloe Parker, and January Natasha Vasquez (parodies of famous-for-being-famous celebritarts celebutantes like Paris Hilton Creator/ParisHilton and Kim Kardashian), Creator/KimKardashian), Tony [=McTony=] (a club-friendly rapper {{glam rap}}per whose lyrics are only about nothing but money, bling, guns, pimped-out cars, and hot bitches), and Brandon Roberts (a big-name actor who [[BourgeoisBohemian associates himself with liberal causes causes]] solely to enhance his public image -- oh, and he's also a [[strike:Scientologist]] member of the Epsilon Program).[[strike:a Scientologist]] an Epsilonist).
2nd Jan '17 10:44:22 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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** ''V'', being set in a pastiche of Los Angeles, has too many to list here.

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** ''V'', being set in a pastiche of Los Angeles, has too many to list here. One of the, an [[WeightWoe anorexic]], coke-snorting TeenIdol named Lacey Jonas, apparently hit a bit too close to home for Creator/LindsayLohan, who [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/28129505/lindsay-lohan-is-suing-the-makers-of-grand-theft-auto-v sued the developers]] over it.
28th Dec '16 5:48:29 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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** Averted somewhat in ''Vice City Stories''; PhilCollins appears as himself in a few missions, complete with an ingame performance of "In The Air Tonight".

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** Averted somewhat in ''Vice City Stories''; PhilCollins Stories''. Music/PhilCollins appears as himself AsHimself in a few missions, complete with an ingame in-game performance of "In The Air Tonight".


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** Donald Love, an eccentric and corrupt Liberty City media and real estate mogul, is essentially Creator/DonaldTrump (as he was seen in the '90s and '00s as opposed to today) meets UsefulNotes/RupertMurdoch. His failed run for mayor of Liberty City in ''LCS'' is also inspired by Michael Bloomberg's real-life (and successful) run for mayor of New York in 2001.
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