When The BBC First Met Grand Theft Auto

Just over 23 years ago, a small studio in London was working on what would become one of the largest gaming franchises in the world: Grand Theft Auto. The BBC toured Rockstar games around the time of the game's development, and that footage has since resurfaced online.

The six minute-long interview showcases some alpha footage of GTA 1 and some of behind-the-scenes development, like the motion capture process, what the Rockstar London offices were like at the time, legions of CRT monitors, large maps of what the city would be like, and more.

What are your memories of the original GTA?


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    My memories of the original GTA? Cops attempting to jump out of their still-moving car to chase me down.

    "FREEZE!" *crunch*

    Good times.

    My memory is the Gouranga bonus for running over the monks.

    My favourite memory is the little bonus missions or whatever where you got in a van then had unlimited remote control bomb cars and had to blow up as many passing vehicles as possible.

    Also being able to just steal cars, take them to the docks and get money based off how good the car was and what condition. Has that been a thing in any more recent GTA's?

      In GTA online you can sell cars at the customisation/respray shops, though you're limited to something like one per hour. I can't remember if you can do it in single player though.

      GTA3 had a wrecker of some sort too, but I'm not sure about Vice City/San Andreas/GTA4.

        Well if GTA online has that maybe GTA5 itself did. Ill have to check.
        Yeah i dont think San andreas did, i played a couple hundred hours of that and never saw one.

    It was DMA at the time and it was based in Scotland...

    That one mission with the big tanker that couldn't take too much damage or it would explode. Very nerve wracking!

    Modem to modem 2 player Deathmatch, absolutely hilarious

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