Grand Theft Auto is one of the most well-known video games of all time. However, it wasn’t nearly as popular when it was first released. Rolly Cellan Jones, a reporter, went to the Dundee offices of a video game developer in 1996. DMA Design had achieved some success with a game called Lemmings. However, it seemed that this was just the beginning.
The Start of the Grand Theft Auto Franchise
Rolly Cellan Jones entered the office and claimed that the people around him were working on a new game that would be released shortly. DMA Design is what you now know as Rockstar Games, and the game they were working on was, of course, Grand Theft Auto. The reporter chatted with Dave, a software designer, who told him everything about the game. He told him that it’s a game in which a person can drive around a city stealing cars and dealing with emergency services.
In 1997, the very first GTA game was released on PC and PlayStation. While the later games had an open-world layout, this version was not 3D, it had a top-down view. Players would wander around a city, stealing cars. Back in time, Gordon, who was their game tester, said that it’s not strictly true that they played all day. They also communicated with programmers at each stage to inform them of what was fun. That said, a programmer has an idea of what a game should do.
One of the Most Influential Games Ever
The 3D gameplay was introduced in Grand Theft Auto III, which most gamers, if not all, consider to be iconic. Since then, the game has thrilled and delighted its fans while horrifying its detractors all across the world. Fun fact – the series was prohibited in some countries, including Australia and Brazil, due to its violent content.
However, the series, which began in a small office in Dundee, is now widely regarded as one of the most influential video games ever created.