O'Reilly logo

Vintage Games by Matt Barton, Bill Loguidice

Stay ahead with the world's most comprehensive technology and business learning platform.

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required

9

GRAND THEFT AUTO III (2001): THE CONSOLEJACKING LIFE

Although Rockstar Games’ 2001 Grand Theft Auto III, or GTA III, for the Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) was by no means the first open-ended or “sandbox” game,1 it was the first with a believable, fully 3D world that was designed with Western audiences in mind. This fact may account for part of its blockbuster commercial success over Sega's innovative Shenmue (1999; Sega Dreamcast), which—while an amazing achievement—played out at times like a slow-paced Chinese soap opera. GTA III impressed gamers with its realistic simulation of a modern city and its inhabitants, as well as its almost comical, over-the-top violence and tongue-in-cheek parody and satire. Gamers enjoyed exploring this vibrant virtual ...

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, interactive tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required