Rockstar: “Grand Theft Auto Is A British Response To Americana”

Rockstar Games’ head writer and creative VP Dan Houser has said that the Grand Theft Auto games are a “satire of American media culture” – directly inspired by the developer’s own Britishness. 

“I think it’s fair to say that they are set in a world that is a satire of American media culture,” he revealed, in an interview with the New York Times that discussed the upcoming fifth installment in the record-breaking series.

“I don’t think anyone in America really understands what growing up in Britain in the ’70s and ’80s was like. Eighty percent of the television was American. Every movie you saw was American. Even though there are all these great British pop stars, 95 percent of them sing in American accents, and they all sing in an American idiom. So there was a great love of America, and maybe some junior-partner resentments for it.

“My brother and I have a certain perspective as people from London who then moved to New York. The games have always been, in some ways, a British response to Americana, rather than America.”

Houser was one of five British developers who founded Rockstar in 1998.

Grand Theft Auto V, slated for release next year and already attracting huge levels of hype, is undoubtedly set to be one of the biggest games of 2013.


One Response to “Rockstar: “Grand Theft Auto Is A British Response To Americana””
  1. Hilarious says:

    Why doesn’t he just admit that they parody the film Scarface?

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