The Point - How GTA changed game worlds

Danny explores how Grand Theft Auto changed the way we feel about game worlds, and why he can't wait to visit Los Santos.

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NeoMortiny
NeoMortiny

Did I just see a short clip of... DESERT STRIKE!?!!

NOSTALGIA BOMB!

Wensea10
Wensea10

Sounds like ya like lots of Grand Theft Auto. No worries lads and lasses.

david60639
david60639

Very good, explains it very well.

garrysempire
garrysempire

I still remember the time when me and my brother played our very first GTA which is GTA2 it was really gripping and addicting especially if you hijack the tank and cause mass highway destruction on the top down Anywhere, USA... the Krishna's and those radio songs about Jesus my Savior my favorite flavor is really catchy hahaha! twas those days, but dont get me wrong i can still play all the GTAs like it was just yesterday im i would still feel the excitement like i am play each of them the first time! :D

holtrocks
holtrocks

Fantastic video as always, great job Danny.

kemozvijer
kemozvijer

You got my heart as soon as you mentioned Arsenal !

Stebsis
Stebsis

Me and my friend played GTA3 hours on end when we were about 8 years old. It was just infinite amount of fun. But I really "understood" this series when my big brother bought Vice City(he was underage at that time too :D) I was 9 and first time I started the game I played it like 6 hours straight, the city, the missions and just the fun you could have with the game. Most game I played before it were something like Final Fantasy and Tekken and Diablo, so Vice City was something really special and still the best game in the series for me. Hopefully GTAV brings back the fun that was just lost in IV, I never really enjoyed playing it.

brok
brok

I remember when I played GTA 3 for the first time- the options and variety were incredible, but I'd felt that 'living 3D world' before already... in Driver.

Pierce_Sparrow
Pierce_Sparrow

I remember when I picked up GTA III. Was in LA and found the game in a store. Secretly bought it because I was with my gf of the time visiting SoCal. I had played GTA II, so I had a light grasp on the game, but it completely blew me away. There was almost nothing like it out there. The importance of what GTA has done for the industry can't be said enough. I've always felt like GTA was the answer to a question that we as gamers had been thinking, but never really asking: Why does a game have to conform to a specific set of rules and linearity? Why can't we just go around having fun without any real goal? It's kind of sad, thinking about it, that GTA IV was so underwhelming, but GTA V looks fantastic and I can't wait to tear into Los Santos.

sugarboy79
sugarboy79

"Our generation doesn't even have to use its imagination..." 

I sort of find this sad.

jsmoke03
jsmoke03

who desert strike....nostalgia trip lol

VelvetKevorkian
VelvetKevorkian

Fantastic episode. This show & Reality Check with Cam are what makes Gamespot such a precious website.

RockToTheLed
RockToTheLed

Excellent video, Danny. I could really relate to a lot of what you mentioned. I used to stay up late and watch Westerns with my father as well, and though he never particularly liked video games, he went out and bought me a copy of Red Dead Redemption after seeing a trailer for it just so he could watch me play it on weekends. I'm so excited for GTAV, and I look forward to your next episode of The Point. Cheers. 

tonic2gin
tonic2gin

Gamespot shooting that GTA spunk all on our faces over and over. Jesus, I get it. GTAV is coming out.

presidentraygun
presidentraygun

I couldn't really get into GTA IV. It seemed drab and I especially didn't like the mechanics of driving. I have high hopes for this next entry. I loved RDR and Max Paine was lots of fun. The world of Los Santos looks like a place I can spend countless hours doing anything and everything in. I can't wait 'till midnight tomorrow!

analgrin
analgrin

Good vid but could have said something about the great NPC's that inhabit GTA games. I am always amazed at what Rockstar achieve in that respect. I'm still playing GTA4 and laughing at random acts and things that are said by the citizens of liberty city

QrGmNcShip016
QrGmNcShip016

Games are one thing, but not being able to immerse yourself in that particular atmosphere is not just a  game in my opinion, games should be about a new way of life rather then just beat it and get it over with. Playing to win is an option and its not the permanent goal in playing games. Im a hardcore gamer and ive been playing games since my mom introduced me to Playstation One (which was my first ever home console to have) and I loved it so much the graphics the gameplay the atmosphere, etc. Point is We adore games, its a way of life that we deemed to have subconsciously. Praise the gaming world, up until now its beyond our comprehensions and hope it'll shine Forever for new Gens to Come, Thank You for Sharing Danny and other gamers!! GAMERS UNITE!!

razihaider1991
razihaider1991

That was a great video. Hit it completely on the nail!

bennehftw
bennehftw

So...TES Game Series of the Decade?

priyadarshan
priyadarshan

Hi Danny... Love the show. A bit you said was quite literally taken out of my life. I've been a gamer ever since I can remember, but its an obsession none of my family has truly been able to understand. My dad in fact had been giving me s**t for years for playing "murder simulators"... Until a few years ago that is. Back in 2007 I was playing Assassins Creed on my Xbox360, running around rooftops, when my dad happened to walk into my room. He suddenly exclaimed that the city looked like Damascus which he had recently visited. He sat down on my bed and watched with great interest as I took him around a tour of the city, showing him the landmarks, which he would immediately compare to how they looked in the real world. It was the first time in my life that my dad and I bonded over videogames and ever since then, I've been making it a point to show him "historical" versions of all the cities he's been to with every new release in the Assassins Creed franchise. Man... How he loved the virtual tour of Istanbul in AC3... :)

Specimen
Specimen

glad he gave a nod to Daggerfall there. I'll never forget how that felt the first time.

CarlosGabriel
CarlosGabriel

aww i still remember the first time i played gta3 twelve years ago, it was so mindblowing to have a whole city to explore at your own will, since then i fall in love of the gta saga. excellent video mate!

grenade1979
grenade1979

99% of the time it is the unscripted moments that stick with you, and who cares what the greatest game is, that's kind of the point.

ZackRoyer
ZackRoyer

Cool....for the SECOND greatest game of the decade bwahahahahaha!

WolfgarTheQuiet
WolfgarTheQuiet

at the same time its sad that our generation or younger have lack of imagination like in old days

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

Thanks Danny. This one is getting bookmarked. Maybe the two cans of Somersby I've had has left me a little emotional, but Danny constantly produces some of the most inspiring pieces of games related journalism.

Danny O'Dwyer: the bard of gaming.

Kuma_Nur
Kuma_Nur

Wanted to say thank you Danny for this video, loved what you had to say about "Worlds" and Exploration that we as Gamers can "Visit" I also enjoyed hearing about your dad sitting down with you and watching you play AC, when I got my first PS3 AC was one of the first games I played and my dad did much of the same thing, sitting down with me and just kind of watching in Awe as we both explored the World.

Anyway thank you again, for the video and for the memories.

ghstbstr
ghstbstr

If GTA changed the gaming world then why didn't win the best game series?! I think that it should have won, but it didn't.

QuadThumbs
QuadThumbs

Who cares, I want to know where the TES article is. How about how TES changed the game world... hmmm... how about that one. They were a pioneer in RPG's.... blah blah GTA blah....

juliano001
juliano001

Just one thing to say:  FUS RO DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA.

boyer101
boyer101

Does anyone know what the song is called that starts from 1:06 and plays till the end of the video? Would greatly appreciate a response, I've been looking everywhere! Thanks :)

bubba_1988
bubba_1988

The reason why TES won was because it is played by a more of the hardcore gamer crowd, which are more likely to visit video game sites such as this (like you and I). GTA while attracting hardcore games also attracts a lot of casual gamers too. I know a lot of people who don't  play vids but can tell me their favorite aspects of a GTA game. If those people voted the results of the poll would be far different.

toonsim2
toonsim2

Danny, Jonneh and the rest of the Gamespot UK crew are the main reason why I keep coming back to Gamespot.  Keep it up guys

LADIES_MAN_2013
LADIES_MAN_2013

@brok Yep, driver was epic for me too. It was amazing for it's time. And i personalty preferred it over GTA III. Damn, only if that series had managed to remain good. :(

Pierce_Sparrow
Pierce_Sparrow

@sugarboy79 I think he put it wrong. I think, more accurately, it's that we can visit other people's imagination, which we've always done anyway. Books, movies, TV, etc. These are all essentially peaks into other people imagination. With gaming from the early time periods, like the 80's and 90's, we were still peaking into someone else's imagination, but we had to use our own to fill in certain holes. Now, we don't have to. Now, all of those details are filled in and we can escape to Los Santos and enjoy what was once in someone else's head in the most accessible way possible, by truly exploring it. That, I think, is slightly more accurate. 

ChocoboFangirl
ChocoboFangirl

@sugarboy79 To be fair, he isn't right about that. You can't maintain any illusions of an extended world without making your mind spin its wheels and start imagining what's out there. You might have imagined cool things in your immediate surroundings on old games, but one level often didn't even flow in to the other - great for stylistic variety, but doesn't do a good job of suggesting 'hey, there's more!' GTA makes you imagine why in the ever loving hell these messed up advertising campaigns work. How cynical and/or gullible you have to be to buy what that cult spoof was shilling back in the first promotional campaigns. How in the heck these cities are considered acceptable enough that you don't have tourist protesters, the army marching in, or sanctions from the rest of the world... As someone who isn't even that in to GTA, when I go on a romp through Orlais in Dragon Age 3, part of what I'll be REALLY obsessing over is the new hints involving Tevinter, Antiva, the Anderfels, Rivain... All of the other places we only ever get suggestions and a couple transplanted characters from. I know they'll probably all get their own stories eventually, but that doesn't spoil the fun I'm having making up my own.

darkanimne
darkanimne

@QrGmNcShip016 I agree with you and that's why I'm a little bit disappointed in this current generation. that feelings of fear, love, sadness and happiness are dying. just a few ones follows the essence of a game that makes you cry, laught or love life.

dannyodwyer
dannyodwyer staff

@priyadarshan That is really awesome! It's crazy to think people on opposite sides of the world had such similar experiences. Thanks for sharing dude. 

DeKuip
DeKuip

@WolfgarTheQuiet That's your perspective and not really that relevant. If i look at my elders they have some weird nostalgic rubbish they want me to listen to.every day. Does not mean its any good!

DawnBlue
DawnBlue

@ghstbstr Because free will to choose still exists and no gaming site audience represents the whole gaming community.

What I'm trying to say is it just so happens that the majority of GameSpot users (specifically those who care about the results of such a poll) prefer TES over GTA.

We can never truly know the best series of all time (first we would actually need to go about defining what attributes count toward this title) and frankly why should we even need to?

A true gamer plays what they like whether or not others like what they play.

LonelyHippie27
LonelyHippie27

@toonsim2 Johnny is cool but did you see that vid he put up for GTA? It was soooo bad. He clearly doesn't know shit about GTA

LonelyHippie27
LonelyHippie27

@Metalnoid @bubba_1988 I'm a hardcore gamer and I love GTA. It's the series that got me into video games and R* is my favorite.

P.S. Fuck that stupid contest, no one cares