Lazlow Jones co-wrote the radio scripts for all the Grand Theft Auto games (save Chinatown Wars, of course) going back to III, and appears as a radio personality in all of the games. He also, evidently, has all of the master copies of the recordings. In his home. Which is on Long Island. Or, well, a barrier island off Long Island.
Ordinarily this isn’t much of a problem. but it was as Hurricane Sandy came barrelling in late October, and Long Island was whomped particularly bad by the stormacane, or whatever it was at that stage. In a visit to the Opie & Anthony Show last week, where Lazlow’s a regular guest, he related what his priorities were as the storm came barrelling in.
1. Get the GTA III master recording. 2. Get the GTA: Vice City master recording. 3. Get the GTA: San Andreas master recording. 4. You get the idea.
“My studio is on the ground floor,” he said on the show. “That’s where GTA 3, Vice City, San Andreas, all those masters like the full recordings with Axl Rose and everything. I mean, all this stuff,” he said. “I started freaking out and grabbing, just boxes of masters and putting it up on the second floor. Cause I was like ‘I’m not going to let this stuff get ruined.'”
Asked if he was storing the recordings elsewhere, Lazlow said he’d learned he shouldn’t “keep a lot of amazing masters from some epic video games on the ground floor near a sand bar.”
If you’re curious if he said anything about Grand Theft Auto V, he did, but only to say the game was due in the coming spring.
GTA master audio tapes almost lost during Superstorm Sandy [Original Gamer]