Inside the making of the multibillion-dollarGrand Theft Autovideogame empire Grand Theft Autois one of the biggest and most controversial videogame franchises of all time. Since its first release in 1997,GTAhas pioneered the use of everything from 3D graphics to the voices of top Hollywood actors and repeatedly transformed the world of gaming. Despite its incredible innovations in the $75 billion game industry, it has also been a lightning rod of debate, spawning accusations of ethnic and sexual discrimination, glamorizing violence, and inciting real-life crimes.Jackedtells the turbulent and mostly unknown story of GTAs wildly ambitious creators, Rockstar Games, the invention and evolution of the franchise, and the cultural and political backlash it has provoked.
Written by David Kushner, author ofMasters of Doomand a top journalist on gaming, this book is drawn from over ten years of interviews and research, including firsthand knowledge ofGrand Theft Autos creators and detractors. It explains how British prep school brothers Sam and Dan Houser took their dream of fame, fortune, and the glamor of American pop culture and transformed it into a worldwide videogame blockbuster. It also offers inside details on key episodes in the development of the series, including the financial turmoil of Rockstar games, the infamous Hot Coffee sex minigame incident, and more. Whether you loveGrand Theft Autoor hate itor just want to understand the defining entertainment product of a generationyoull want to readJackedand get the real story behind this boundary-pushing game.