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Grand Theft Auto IV

7 years ago

The Impossible Bicycle: GTA 5 Screenshotified

For every Rockstar game since Vice City, the promotional screenshots have been rendered on a PC that only God herself could own, post-processed by a version of Photoshop from the 24th century and employed camera angles that you could only play the game from for 2.7 seconds before driving into a wall. It's oddly reassuring to see that rich tradition continues with the latest round…

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8 years ago

Feature: A Tale of Two Taffers

Outside Influences: Of Crime And The City

I've been visiting various cities recently, which always fill me with confusion and wonder, then Dishonored made me think about how much I miss Looking Glass. Put the two together and this happens. Join me in a meandering word-search for cohesion and theme in the use of the city across Thief, and the selected works of Rockstar and Charles Dickens. Be warned, there are spoilers…

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The GTA V Trailer Features Cars, Guns

A successful videogaming franchise is to see another installment! I know, whoever would have believed it? Whether Rockstar's ever-exciting but nauseatingly over-speculated-about latest drive'n'shoot'thumper is going to be on PC as well as the toyboxes is something I don't know at present, because I am writing these words 39 minutes in the past. You, however, are reading them 39 minutes into my future, and may…

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Feature: On Exactitude In Fiction

Fantastic Cartography: Memories And Maps

Some of my earliest memories of gaming are not of the games themselves but of the things that came bundled in the box with them. Whether it was a hefty manual, full of lore and encyclopaedic listings, or a little extra something. Most of my games don't even come in boxes anymore, although sites such as Steam Covers can help to keep the physical alive.…

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GTA4: Something To Marvel At

Mods! They let people cleverer than I add things to games that the original developers never even dreamed of. Take this (beta) playable Iron Man mod for GTA4, for example. The model has been taken from Marvel vs Capcom 3, and cleverly shoved into Liberty City. Paired up with iCEnhancer mod for extra pretties, and a Superman mod for Supermanification, you've got an attempt at…

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9 years ago

All Of The Lights: Vice City In GTA IV

Let's face it - the next GTA game, rumours of which currently have consoleland all a-flutter, ever arriving on PC is pretty unlikely. Red Dead Redemption never made it this way (something I rue enormously), there's no news of LA Noire doing it either, and Rockstar probably weren't super-happy about the scathing reaction to the belated, bloatware-afflicted PC version of GTA IV. Bah. Bah, I…

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The Very Important List Of PC Games, Part 3/5

Our assembly of the definitive list of the most important PC games of the last 150 years continues! On Monday Dr Rossignol talked us through his first instalment, with an eye for first-personly shoot-games. Yesterday saw a guest lecture from Professor John Walker detailing another fifth of our unambiguous inventory. What classics will we cover today? Ah! We must remember our manners. First, let us…

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Toxic Avenger: The 90 Min GTA IV Movie

Two years for a little less than two hours: those are the numbers behind The Trashmaster, a feature-length machinima flick made entirely using GTA IV PC and its video tools. Owing a hard-to-miss debt to Scorsese and likely to be pulled from the internet by the Rolling Stones' copyright lawyers any day now, this veritable labour of love is the flashy, violent tale of a…

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