* ActorAllusion
** Music/GunsNRoses vocalist Axl Rose is the DJ of the classic rock station K-DST. He mocks the modern/grunge rock station Radio X, despite their rotation including "Welcome to the Jungle".
** Chris Penn, known for playing Nice Guy Eddie in ''Film/ReservoirDogs'', plays Eddie Pulaski.
* BadExportForYou: Since German politicians are extremely touchy with the subject of violence in video games, the German version of this game had to undergo some censorship. Some of the changes are only visual (people don't get mutilated by headshots anymore, for example), but there are changes that directly affect gameplay as well. Most infuriating is probably the fact that people don't drop money anymore when killed, which effectively robs the player ([[AccidentalPun no pun intended]]) of one source of income.
* BannedInChina: During the time period of the Hot Coffee debacle, the game was banned in Singapore, probably one of the first few video games to be banned in the country.
* HeyItsThatGuy: Where to begin? It is as much fun playing "spot the superstar" here as you did in ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity GTA: Vice City.]]''
** Ryder is voiced by MC Eiht (fans will recognize his signature "ch'yeah").
** Faizon Love -- Big Worm from ''Film/{{Friday}}'' -- is your brother Sweet.
** Creator/SamuelLJackson and Chris Penn play the villains, Officers Tenpenny and Pulaski respectively.
** Peter Fonda is The Truth, Creator/DavidCross is Zero, James Woods is Mike Toreno, Music/IceT is Madd Dogg.
** The DJ for the Classic Rock station (K-DST) is voiced by [[Music/GunsNRoses Axl Rose]], who often takes shots at the heavy metal/grunge station Radio X. Radio X plays ''Welcome to the Jungle''.
** Chuck D of Music/PublicEnemy fame as "Forthright MC" on Playback FM and Motherfunking Music/GeorgeClinton himself as "The Funktopus" on Bounce FM. There are no Parliament/Funkadelic tracks in the game, but Bounce FM features a melody of many songs by the P-Funk collective, and sometimes, in the outro to "Rebel Without A Pause" Chuck D says "now Public Enemy is a group I have always been behind!" The meta here is sickening.
** Creator/WilWheaton also provides his take on KentBrockmanNews as Richard Burns on WCTR
** And Michael Bivins of New Edition and Bell Biv Devoe as the DJ of the new jack swing station CSR.
* UsefulNotes/MediaClassifications: Thanks to the discovery of the HotCoffeeMinigame and the game's subsequent re-rating, San Andreas holds the distinction of being the only game on a major console to be rated AO by the ESRB, as all three major console manufacturers forbid AO rated games on their platform.
* ThrowItIn: The random plane crashes were a glitch Rockstar discovered during beta testing, due to a spawned plane's randomly set trajectory sometimes intersecting with the ground. They found the crashes so funny and appropriate for the comedic CrapsackWorld setting that they left the glitch alone.
* UrbanLegendOfZelda: Persistent rumors had it that Bigfoot is in the woods somewhere. It is a mod, and not a very visually impressive one at that. Similar rumors, disproven, held that it's possible to find aliens wandering the desert around Area 69 and Leatherface from ''Texas Chainsaw Massacre'' around The Panopticon. Another rumor involving the woods is the odd beat-up cars found in the Back O' Beyond, dubbed the "ghost cars", due to one of them rolling down a hill upon spawning, spooking some players.
* Los Santos itself gets reimagined in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'', and it is ''huge''.
** There're plenty of {{callback}}s to this game: One of the radio stations is the HD equivalent of WCTR, the [[ChurchOfHappyology Epsilon Program]] led by Cris Formage. The gangs you'll come across are the Chamberlain Hills Gangster Families, of which the Grove Street Families used to be a set. The Ballas have taken over the Grove Street cul-de-sac in the 21 years between the two games. The Los Santos Vagos and the Varrios Los Aztecas also make appearances, though the Aztecas are somewhat different, now a gun-running cartel in the countryside.
** In one of Lamar's missions, you actually go to where CJ's house on the cul-de-sac would be. It's designed differently and the place is controlled by the Ballas now, but the Grove Street Families are referenced here and there. Turns out that they moved to greener pastures.
** Various mentions of "The OG, Johnson" are made in pedestrian dialogue. CJ has apparently reached some kind of mythical status with the Families.
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