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Video: watch as Grand Theft Auto is brought to life

May 4 2015

A Czech film-maker has used a drone camera to create a perfect recreation of the infamous video game Grand Theft Auto. The Grand Theft Auto series of games was born in Dundee when DMA Design release the first title in 1997. Despite, or perhaps because of, controversy over the level of violence in the game it was a huge success and the title is now a genuine global phenomenon, with each instalment selling millions of copies worldwide. The first two editions of the game were both developed in Dundee. Unlike the current version 3D versions of the game, the original two titles in the series were viewed from above, giving players a bird’s eye perspective of the action. Now the unique design has prompted Czech Vojta Paul to recreate Grand Theft Auto 2 using real-life actors and vehicles. The footage has all been filmed using a drone camera, emulating the look of the game. The video was posted on Sunday and has already been seen nearly 200,000 times on YouTube. And it has also won praise from one of Grand Theft Auto’s original designers. Brian Baglow, who wrote the script for the original Grand Theft Auto and created the Scottish Games Network, shared the video on his Facebook page. He said: “Of course! We should have done live action...”

Motoring news

Audi’s new Q cars

April 12 2017

Another week, another new Audi. Two new Audis, in fact. The German car maker has announced a couple more additions to its Q line up of SUVs. The Q4 is a coupe-SUV hybrid that will go up against the BMW X4 and Mercedes GLC Coupe. As its name suggests, it’ll be positioned between the compact Q3 and bigger Q5. At the other end of the scale is the Q8, which will go head to head against the Range Rover. It’s lower and sleeker than the Q7 Audi is also producing. In concept form, it sat only four people, although it seems likely the production version will be a five seater. There’s a 630 litre boot as well. Eagle eyed Audi followers will notice the only SUV slots left to fill are the Q1 and Q6. Watch this space...


Games jam played out well in Dundee

September 25 2016

Dundee  developers have come up with new virtual reality games in just 24 hours as part of a competition. A games jam took place from 4pm on Thursday until 4pm on Friday at Tag Games, resulting in games prototypes with names like Spider Spider, Mouse of Horrors and Terminal Station. The developers also created their own answer to the famous Boaty McBoatface, with a game titled Vanny McVanFace. Virtual reality, a form of technology that simulates a player's presence in a replica of a real environment, is said to be the future of games with some VR versions already present in many living rooms. Tag's marketing executive Gavin Moffat said: "At the games jam, staff split into four teams of four people - a designer, an artist and programmers. "They then had 24 hours to design a game prototype. "You would struggle to design a full game in that time, although it could be done if you're extremely good and the game is simple. "But with a prototype, you could then spend months perfecting and polishing it into a full game. "Some really great ideas can come out of these jam - you have to be creative and work fast. It was a great event. "This time the theme was virtual reality. Virtual reality headsets are already being used but it's difficult to say whether they'll become the default in gaming. "It could be the case that it's popular for a few years and then people get bored of it, or it could remain popular. "However, it certainly has great potential." Over the past 20 years Dundee has become an international hub for games developers with the world's biggest-selling video game - Grand Theft Auto - starting life in the city. Games jam are popular events where games developers get together to brainstorm ideas and create new prototypes within a short space of time.

UK & World

Grand Theft Auto makers sue BBC over Daniel Radcliffe drama

May 21 2015

The makers of Grand Theft Auto have filed a lawsuit against the BBC over a forthcoming drama based on the development of the popular video game series. Take-Two Interactive, the parent company of UK-based Rockstar Games, which makes Grand Theft Auto, has filed the lawsuit for trademark infringement regarding Game Changer, a one-off drama starring Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe as Rockstar president Sam Houser that looks at how the game was created. In a statement, which was issued to gaming website IGN, Rockstar said: "Take-Two Interactive has filed suit against the BBC for trademark infringement based on their movie currently titled Game Changer as it relates to Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto video game series. "While holders of the trademarks referenced in the film title and its promotion, Rockstar Games has had no involvement with this project. "Our goal is to ensure that our trademarks are not misused in the BBC's pursuit of an unofficial depiction of purported events related to Rockstar Games. "We have attempted multiple times to resolve this matter with the BBC without any meaningful resolution. "It is our obligation to protect our intellectual property and unfortunately in this case litigation was necessary." In response to Rockstar's statement, a BBC spokesman said: "We do not comment on legal matters." The feature is set to coincide with a range of BBC programmes on the theme of computer coding. The show is said to be based around the creation of the game and the controversy it caused for its scenes of violence and crime. Bill Paxton is set to star opposite Radcliffe as American lawyer and critic of the Grand Theft Auto series, Jack Thompson, with filming already under way ahead of a scheduled release later this year. On announcing the drama, the BBC said it was "the story of the controversy surrounding the computer game Grand Theft Auto - arguably the greatest British coding success story since Bletchley Park".

Gadgets & Games

World’s gamers waiting to get hands on GTA V

September 16 2013

It cost more to make then many Hollywood blockbusters and, in certain circles, it has generated a similar hype. Now the gaming world is preparing for what it has dubbed the “most exciting” event in the entertainment calendar Grand Theft Auto V will finally go on sale, the latest in a record-breaking series of games that have their origins in Dundee. The video game reportedly cost about £170 million to make and market more than films such as Avatar and has sparked so much interest that stores will open their doors at midnight tonight for special launch events. Experts are tipping the game to smash sales records and estimates suggest it could generate £1 billion during its first year on sale when gamers are predicted to snap up some 25 million copies. Tom Butler, social media editor of gaming site IGN.com, said thousands of workers have taken the day off for the launch or plan to call in sick. “Grand Theft Auto V will be the biggest entertainment launch of the year and possibly all-time with levels of consumer anticipation outstripping Harry Potter and Twilight,” he said. “With gamers queuing at midnight to be among the first to play and the developer boasting thousands of hours of game play, there’s no surprise that we’re likely to see an outbreak of GTA flu this September.” The gaming site polled 10,995 readers to ask if they would take time off work on Tuesday after GTA V goes on sale. According to its findings, 5,059 readers (46%) said they booked the day off as a holiday. Another 2,012 (19%) said they would phone in claiming to be unwell while 3,884 (35%) said they would wait to get their hands on the game. Fans are expected to start queuing outside shops stocking the game today when a handful will open their doors for night-time launches. The Grand Theft Auto series has accumulated sales of 135 million copies since its 1997 debut. GTA IV has reportedly sold more than 25 million copies since its 2008 release.Death and destruction born in DundeeIt is a hyperreal version of America: a violent, trashy world that celebrates the dark underbelly of the American dream and it all began in Dundee. Created by games designer Dave Jones, the original Grand Theft Auto was a sequel to his company DMA Design’s first smash hit, Lemmings. Unlike in Lemmings, in which players had to save as many of the suicidal rodents’ lives as possible, Grand Theft Auto encourages players to cause carnage..embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; padding-top: 30px; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; height: auto; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }https://www.youtube.com/embed/LhbzdeHo_Cg Released in 1997, the game put players in the shoes of a gangster attempting to climb up the ranks of the criminal underworld. Limited by the technology available at the time, the original GTA was a far different beast from the game that exists today. The entire game was viewed from above rather than the more immersive third-person perspective the title uses today but the key ingredients were already in place. Although all games have a series of missions the player must complete to progress, it is the ability for players to wander off and commit whatever crimes take their fancy that has proved irresistible to players. Jones’ last involvement in the series was GTA II but the title is still developed in Scotland by Rockstar North in Edinburgh.


Gamechangers – The multi-billion dollar legacy of Dundee’s computer game industry

September 12 2015

It was an epic battle between a creative genius at the forefront of Britain’s pioneering computer game industry and a self-styled moral crusader in the USA. The story behind a three-year period of intense controversy in the history of Grand Theft Auto reflected a fight for the hearts, minds and freedoms of an entire gaming generation. But when the 90-minute factual drama The Gamechangers is screened by the BBC on Tuesday night, it won’t have been without its own controversies. That’s because in May the makers of Grand Theft Auto filed a lawsuit against the BBC over the drama based on the development of the multi-billion dollar video game series, which first had its ignition turned in Dundee. Take-Two Interactive, the parent company of Edinburgh-based Rockstar Games, which makes Grand Theft Auto, filed the lawsuit for trademark infringement regarding the drama. The BBC says this has now been resolved. It’s a one-off drama starring Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe as Rockstar president Sam Houser that looks at how the game was created. It’s been a long journey from Dundee’s early links to the gaming industry which began with the Lemmings. The hugely popular computer game, released in 1991 for Commodore Amiga, was written by Dave Jones - a resident of the city and graduate of Abertay University. Lemmings was produced by DMA Design, the video game company founded by Mr Jones founded in Dundee in 1988. A few years after the Lemmings success, DMA went on to develop Grand Theft Auto. Edinburgh-based Rockstar North, founded by Dan Houser, evolved from DMA Design, and it’s Houser who features prominently in The Gamechangers drama. In autumn 2013, Grand Theft Auto Vits latest money-spinning incarnationearned $1billion in just three days, becoming the fastest-selling entertainment product in history. But this drama goes back to 2002, to tell the story of a three-year period of intense controversy in the history of the iconic game’s development. The conflict between the creative genius behind the game and a self-styled crusader for American morality, escalated into a fight of epic proportions. By 2002, Houser and his creative team had constructed for their fans a vast virtual world, teeming with a high-octane mix of criminal characters, lethal weapons and outrageous storylines. At the vanguard of this crusade was the formidable Miami-based Christian lawyer Jack Thompson, a man determined to do whatever he could to stop the relentless rise of the game and its influence on children. The Gamechangers tells the story of how British game designers pushed boundaries into uncharted territory, of how those fighting Grand Theft Auto became consumed by a battle which overwhelmed their lives, and how the subsequent fallout threatened to bring down leading players on both sides. This drama is for an adult audience and has not been authorised by the producers of Grand Theft Auto. Rather, it is based on court documents and interviews with many of those involved in the real events behind this compelling story. Explaining how he researched the Sam Houser character, Daniel Radcliffe said: “I read a lot, though I feel that the Housers will be pleased about how difficult they are to research. There’s not much info out there about them. There’s precious little video footage of Sam and there’s a little bit more of Dan talking. “So the two clips I found I really latched on to. I found myself thinking that we’re not that dissimilar - not in terms necessarily of how we interact with people, but how we are. I saw someone who talks pretty quickly, very specifically with a lot of energy and gesticulation and not that different from me in that way. “We’re from very similar backgroundshe grew up one postcode away and also has one parent who is an actor, and grew up around the entertainment industry. Our schools played each other at football - that’s how close we were. In New York, we live in a very similar area so I’ve since been walking around feeling like I going to bump into him and if I see him I won’t be able to resist saying hello! I’m coming at this film as someone who loved the games and who thinks they’re really cool.” Radcliffe said the UK was a master at exporting culture. He added: “We’re well rounded as a nation and the fact that these games, that are so American in their make-up but created by British people, is proof of that. I think from Shakespeare, to the Beatles, The Rolling Stones and the Sex Pistols, any number of writers and filmmakers, we have always been trailblazers in terms of culture, art and poetry. I don’t know why it is, but I’m really glad it is. Culture is our greatest contribution to the world and what a cool thing to contribute.” The Gamechangers is a BBC in-house production made by BBC Scotland Science. It is screened on BBC Two on Tuesday at 9pm.


Games designer concerned about Dundee’s position as industry leader

June 4 2016

Dundee’s position as the “beacon” of the games design industry is in danger of diminishing, according to the people who helped make the city a world leader. Stormcloud Games creative director Frank Arnot claimed the city’s reputation as a hotbed for games production could be threatened if developers continue “playing it safe” on new releases. He said not enough risks are being taken and warned it has been too long since the city had produced a game the magnitude of Grand Theft Auto. Brian Baglow, one of the designers of the original Grand Theft Auto, said a lot more needs to be done across Scotland and warned the industry is “appalling” at promoting itself on the worldwide stage. He said developers should be shouting “look at us, look at what we’re doing” in an ever increasing crowded commercial market. See The Courier for more on this story or try our digital edition.


Game-changer: Grand Theft Auto V set to be Rockstar North’s biggest hit

September 18 2013

Grand Theft Auto V was launched on Monday night and hundreds of stores offered midnight openings for fans to get their hands on it. Caroline Lindsay finds out more about one of the biggest games franchises of this generation. Video game Grand Theft Auto V is expected to generate £1 billion during its first year on sale. It’s the creation of Edinburgh-based Rockstar North, which evolved from Dundee company DMA Design Ltd. With sales of the groundbreaking franchise topping 135 million since its 1997 debut, this fifth instalment looks like being the biggest hit yet. Amazon has already sold out and 25 million copies are expected to be sold breaking current records. Grand Theft Auto V has received rave reviews from critics across the board who have labelled it “one of the very best video games ever made.” Things haven’t always run smoothly for the franchise, however throughout the nineties the games were targeted by tabloids for their depiction of casual violence and, in 2005, the developers received a warning from the Federal Trade Commission after an explicit sex scene was hidden in the source code for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Grand Theft Auto V is set in Los Santos, Rockstar’s Los Angeles, and features three very different criminals seeking to pull off a series of daring heists. The world is vast, taking in a whole city as well as mountain ranges, deserts and outback towns. Characters will have unprecedented freedom flying helicopters, scuba diving, even playing sports. “For us, it starts with the characters,” says Rockstar founder Dan Houser. “The story is always driven by the characters; it’s always got to feel like someone you want to be propelled through the game world with. Then we’ll find a cool, interesting and amusing cast to juxtapose them with and make sure we’ve got a good range of types. If the process feels organic to us then we’re heading in the right direction.”.embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; padding-top: 30px; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; height: auto; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }https://www.youtube.com/embed/hvoD7ehZPcM The Game store in Dundee’s Murraygate was open at midnight on Monday and hundreds of excited gamers queued for hours to buy the game. Emma Houghton and her boyfriend Andrew Lindsay were among the crowd. “I really wanted to go to the midnight launch because it’s supposed to be one of the best games ever made and allows you to do things that you would never do in real life not that I would want to but it’s fun in a game,” explained Emma, a first-year student in computer games design at Abertay University. “It’s also unique in the way you can play as one of three characters, rather than just the one.” Andrew, a third-year student on the same course, added: “There was a really good atmosphere while we were queuing and it was exciting to think that we’d be one of the first people to own GTA V. It’s the most expensive game ever made, and cost more than any movie to make, too, apart from the third Pirates of the Caribbean film. “GTA games are great fun they give you a lot of freedom to do silly things you’d never do in real life and because this one is much bigger and more impressively made than the last four, it’s going to ramp that up a level.”


VIDEO: Games Masters exhibition shows why industry has DMA in its DNA

December 5 2014

Dundee has a starring role in a ground-breaking new video games exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. The Game Masters exhibition, which is being shown in Europe for the first time, explores the development and design of video games from early arcade machines right through to current favourites like Minecraft and Angry Birds. It boasts over 100 playable games, including original arcade versions of hits such as Donkey Kong and Outrun. https://www.youtube.com/embed/cvcH7Y_JcLc?rel=0 But taking pride of place in the exhibit are games created in Dundee, including Lemmings and Grand Theft Auto, and the stories behind them. Both hugely influential titles were developed by Dundee-based DMA Design. Lemmings was one of the most popular puzzle games of the 1990s while Grant Theft Auto has grown into a world-conquering franchise. https://www.youtube.com/embed/f14k2j9V33Q?rel=0 The latest version of the game made more money than the film Titanic in its first week of release. Included in the exhibition are notes for the script of Grand Theft Auto lent to the museum by former DMA employee and founder of the Scottish Games Network Brian Baglow. He said: “I’m delighted the museum is holding a dedicated games exhibition. It really shows that games have real cultural and historical value. https://www.youtube.com/embed/8WRQJZG4_HY?rel=0 “Dundee has played a key role in Scotland’s success in the games sector, so it’s nice to see it receiving the recognition it deserves. “As for my scribbled notes, the games sector is really bad at capturing and archiving the process of designing a game. If it achieves anything I hope the exhibition shows everyone that game design is a craft and an art that they can engage with and try for themselves. “If I could do it, it can’t be that hard.” The exhibition concludes by looking at the work of small, independent developers such as Dundee-based Space Budgie. Game Masters is being staged in Europe for the first time after being created by the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Melbourne two years ago. Sarah Rothwell, assistant design curator at the museum, said: “Game Masters will give gamers and non-gamers alike a fascinating insight into the industry’s big names, who people might not necessarily have heard of before, and what inspired them to create these amazing worlds. “Gaming is definitely an art form now. If you look back at photography 100 years ago it wasn’t considered an art form, but now it’s very much of the fine art world.” Entrance to the exhibition costs £10 for adults and £6.50 for children over five. Booking is advised. Visit www.nms.ac.uk for more information. Main video by David McCann

UK & World

Police called after brothers fight over Grand Theft Auto

March 19 2015

Police had to be called to a house after two brothers got into an argument over a computer game. Officers arrived at the scene in the Whitleigh area of Plymouth last night when a dispute between the adult siblings escalated. It is believed the argument started when one of the brothers killed the other's character while playing popular video game Grand Theft Auto (GTA). A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman said: "Police were called to an address in the Whitleigh area of Plymouth at around 5.30pm yesterday following a domestic incident. "It appears that there was an argument between two brothers who fell out after playing the computer game Grand Theft Auto. "Officer dealt with incident at the scene." GTA is an action-adventure game, noted for its violence and role play.