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Sunday Times: GTA IV took 1000 people and $100m to make

Grand Theft Auto IV - General News | @ 05:02 AM CST | By Neil
rappoAn interesting article about Grand Theft Auto IV appeared in The Sunday Times today. The newspaper was given a rare interview with Leslie Benzies, the producer of every GTA title since GTA III.

The interview gives us a brief look at his life, which has seen him move from one of the most remote areas in Scotland to a leading position at the country's top video game developer. There's also mention of the rivalry between Benzies and David Jones, the top man at competing developer Realtime Worlds. The two companies are the product of a rift between the early GTA team, which has resulted in colorful opinions and competing games - GTA IV and All Points Bulletin.

Moving back to GTA - Benzies says that almost 1000 people played a part in the development of GTA IV. He believes the cost could be around the $100m mark, making this one of the most heavily staffed and expensive video games to date. If you read just one more article about GTA IV before you get the game on Tuesday, make it this one.

Full Article: Grand Theft Auto producer is Godfather of gaming @ Timesonline
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shanethegooner
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The source link just takes you to some man in a car... lol
04-27-2008 05:11 AM
Nite
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rofl ^ same here
04-27-2008 05:13 AM
Neil


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Whoops, fixed that one. The guy in the car is actually Les Benzies.
04-27-2008 05:14 AM
shanethegooner
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lol, Cheers!
04-27-2008 05:15 AM
masteratt
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Nothing will impress us for a while after GTA4.
It's pushing the boundaries in every possible way.
04-27-2008 05:23 AM
Roxstein
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"After three hours steeped in the world of GTA IV and its creator, I step from the building blinking into the sunlight. A Lotus Elan drives by. I resist the urge to smash the side window, haul out the driver and joyride off. Easily."

Love this bit. Great read.
04-27-2008 06:11 AM
Jonny98
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Fully agree with masteratt... Gta 4 has set the bar so high there is no other games coming out this year that can accually beat it.. Bravo to Rockstar.. great work with the game..
04-27-2008 06:42 AM
Mirokunite
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$100 million?! I wonder how much of that went into advertisement in New York City.
04-27-2008 06:46 AM
thugskater
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it prolly paid itself off by presales alone haha
04-27-2008 07:20 AM
Mirokunite
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I think the 50 million Microsoft gave them was probably meant to cut cost of the game.
04-27-2008 07:27 AM
SR-71
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After three hours steeped in the world of GTA IV and its creator, I step from the building blinking into the sunlight. A Lotus Elan drives by. I resist the urge to smash the side window, haul out the driver and joyride off. Easily."

xD
04-27-2008 07:32 AM
treab
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good to see a paper finally realise the great work rockstar do rather than moaning about its content :D
04-27-2008 09:03 AM
RocketDescends
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In one part it says " If you blow up part of the city, you will hear about it on one of the city's half a dozen radio stations." There are more than a half a dozen radio stations. There is more than a bakers dozen of radio stations :D I loved the part that says that he didn't know how to eat healthy until he met a hippie chick. Man I can relate to that! :) I also liked the very end when he had to resist jacking that Lotus. I got the same feeling after playing GTA III when it came out.
04-27-2008 10:27 AM
WheresMalik
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I was just coming here to post about the exact same thing, Rocket, haha. Good read, though. I mean, it is....refreshing? dare I say it, to read about GTA IV with little to no hint of bias.
04-27-2008 01:07 PM
TimBud
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Its great to see an article like that in The Times! Very refreshing to see it from a non biased perspective.
04-28-2008 01:12 AM
owned_by_gta
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wow thats alot
04-28-2008 07:51 AM
claud3
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1,000 people $100 million this is a while spent time at the office
04-28-2008 09:27 AM
 

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