With "Jacked," veteran video games journalist David Kushner explains how the Grand Theft Auto franchise helped usher in a new generation of games and set the tone for a decade. In the summer of , one of the biggest scandals in the history of video games broke: Hot Coffee. If you don't recall the brouhaha over some very sexual content that was found to be hidden on the disc for Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, then you probably weren't reading much news that summer. The scandal embroiled one of the most popular game franchises in the industry's history, and it wasn't because the game allowed players to shoot cops or run over hookers. Grand Theft Auto, which emerged from Scotland, took the world by storm and went on to break some of the entertainment industry's all-time sales records , besting even behemoths like Harry Potter and the biggest movie openings of all time. But while anti-game heavies like lawyer Jack Thompson and California Assemblyman Leland Yee tried to take the game and Rockstar down for having left some very explicit material on GTA: San Andreas' game disc which was subsequently discovered by "modders" while carrying an "M" rating -- meaning it was suitable for those 17 and older -- the franchise only flourished. Now, veteran games journalist David Kushner has written "Jacked: The Outlaw story of Grand Theft Auto," a deep look at the game's development, its rise to the top of the charts, and its battle with the Jack Thompsons of the world. Kushner, who had previously chronicled the beginnings of the modern game industry in "Masters of Doom," sat down for a CNET 45 Minutes on IM interview yesterday and shared his thoughts about why GTA was such a genre- and culture-shifting franchise and why it still matters today. Q: Thanks very much for doing this.
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The name of the series references the term "grand theft auto", used in the U. Most games in the series are set in fictional locales modelled on cities, usually either Liberty City, Vice City or San Andreas, which are stand-ins for New York City, Miami and the state of California, respectively. The first game encompassed three fictional cities, while subsequent titles tend to emphasise a single setting. Gameplay focuses on an open world where the player can choose missions to progress an overall story, as well as engaging in side activities, all consisting of action-adventure , driving , third-person shooting , carjacking , occasional role-playing , stealth and racing elements. The series focuses on many different protagonists who attempt to rise through the ranks of the criminal underworld, although their motives for doing so vary in each game. The series also has elements of the earlier beat 'em up games from the bit era.
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