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Could UK Tax Breaks Pave the Way For GTA London?

Soulskill posted more than 4 years ago | from the blow-your-whistle-at-hookers-and-gently-reprimand-them dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 137

BanjoTed writes "An interesting — if tongue-in-cheek — bit of speculation is up at MCV about the possibility of a Grand Theft Auto title across the pond. 'Chancellor Alistair Darling's pledge to support the video games development industry with tax breaks could do more than simply protect the future of the UK dev sector,' the site claims. 'It could also have dictated the setting of the next Grand Theft Auto.' Its reasoning? That developers will only be eligible for new UK tax breaks if their games can be proven to be 'culturally British.' Being based in the UK alone is not sufficient for this — instead, the games in question must promote Britishness. Hence MCV's conclusion that Grand Theft Auto V may well be set in London — saving Rockstar an estimated $16m in the process."

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137 comments

Been there, done that? (3, Informative)

Stormwatch (703920) | more than 4 years ago | (#31622918)

A "GTA: London" is nothing new -- the mission packs for the first GTA [wikipedia.org] were set in London.

Re:Been there, done that? (2, Interesting)

sopssa (1498795) | more than 4 years ago | (#31622934)

Yes, even the article mentions that. It doesn't mean there couldn't be a new GTA London, using the same engine as GTA IV. I'm not sure if they really want to promote "Britishness" with a game series like GTA though, even if its a fun game.

Re:Been there, done that? (3, Funny)

mdwh2 (535323) | more than 4 years ago | (#31624606)

I think a similar game could be done though - something along the lines of Grand Football Hooligan: London.

Or how about, G20 Protest: London - you get the choice of playing either the police or a member of the public. You get to experience good old British tactics, such as kettling, or when that fails, a good old beating them to the ground. You'll face dangerous villains such as people trying to make their way home from work, and protestors armed with digital cameras. Be sure to arrest anyone who asks to see your ID number!

(Disclaimer: I am British. I just hate when politicians start talking about "Britishness", as typically it's a codeword for pushing their own moral or cultural viewpoints, even if it's not in line with the views of everyone who is actually a British citizen.)

Re:Been there, done that? (1)

Miseph (979059) | more than 4 years ago | (#31625716)

If it's any consolation, they do that shit in America too. I can't even count how many times I've been called "un-American" during the course of what should be polite political conversation.

Re:Been there, done that? (4, Funny)

jandersen (462034) | more than 4 years ago | (#31623272)

And anyway, GTA, with its focus on wanton violence and abuse, is somewhat dated. How about a completely different approach: A game where the objective is to drive in a safe, economical, environmentally responsible and polite way through London City in the rush hour, taking into account the one-way system, the roadworks, the tens of thousands of pedestrians crossing the street in front of you, the fact that the London streetmap looks a bit like a Mandelbrot fractal and that streetnames change on average every 20 meters. Now that WOULD be extreme.

Re:Been there, done that? (4, Funny)

Canazza (1428553) | more than 4 years ago | (#31623446)

GTA's focus on wanton violence and abuse may be dated for London, but it would be highly apt for GTA:Glasgow.

Re:Been there, done that? (3, Funny)

Gordonjcp (186804) | more than 4 years ago | (#31624054)

GTA's focus on wanton violence and abuse may be dated for London, but it would be highly apt for GTA:Glasgow.

One of the missions in the upcoming GTA:Paisley mission pack is to steal a jeep, set it on fire then crash it into the front of the airport terminal building. Then you have to avoid the irate locals and police, with three "wanted" stars.

Re:Been there, done that? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31624520)

I disagree...If you limit your shenanigans to using Knives and the odd gun, I think it would quite well reflect current day Britishness.
Police shooting indiscrimitely would be a nice touch.
How about the influx of asylum seekers, you could be part of them fighting in line for the dole office...and a better life
Don't forget the cup of tea at 4 though...

then maybe they can put in the missing Ring Road (2, Funny)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | more than 4 years ago | (#31624960)

Glasgow Inner Ring Road
and the rest of the Greater Glasgow Transportation Plan.

Re:Been there, done that? (5, Funny)

delinear (991444) | more than 4 years ago | (#31623500)

I'd be keen on seeing how they could implement the congestion charge into the game. Especially in the early parts where you're generally short on cash - somehow beating pedestrians and prostitutes to death for their spare change to pay the fee doesn't seem to promote quite the image of Britishness I would guess the law is aiming at.

On that note, a game involving binge drinking, violence, knife crime, teenage pregnancy, police brutality and political corruption would definitely promote "Britishness" at the moment, but I can't see Our Glorious Leaders giving it the official stamp of approval...

Re:Been there, done that? (3, Funny)

Canazza (1428553) | more than 4 years ago | (#31623714)

binge drinking, violence, knife crime, teenage pregnancy, police brutality and political corruption

So... GTA:Eastenders

Re:Been there, done that? (1)

xaxa (988988) | more than 4 years ago | (#31624002)

I'd be keen on seeing how they could implement the congestion charge into the game.

I don't think it's a problem. If you don't pay the charge on the day they write to you a week or two later, long after the car has been written off.

Failing that, steal a bus. Preferably a bendy bus, so you can kill extra pedestrians on the corners.

(Or steal a bicycle? Plenty of criminals use bicycles as getaway 'vehicles', they're much faster than cars in central & inner London, and cars can't chase bicycles down narrow streets or steps. Of course, look out for the police on bicycles.)

Re:Been there, done that? (1)

Canazza (1428553) | more than 4 years ago | (#31625594)

Hah, I'd buy GTA V just to cause bendy bus carnage.

Re:Been there, done that? (2, Interesting)

grahamlord86 (1603545) | more than 4 years ago | (#31624046)

It would be too difficult.

In American GTA, I can drive carefully down the pavement past a cop car so long as I don't kill any pedestrians.

In GTA V: London, the police would randomly start chasing me because one of the following reasons will have been met:

1. I look like a Geezaaaaah.
2. My MOT is out of date.
3. My Tax disc isn't on display because I sold it for the Hot Coffee scene.
4. I didn't pay the congestion charge.

Oh, and every street wider than 10ft in London is a car park of traffic...

Re:Been there, done that? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31625338)

Going to need bigger tanks....

Re:Been there, done that? (1)

Xest (935314) | more than 4 years ago | (#31625450)

"the tens of thousands of pedestrians crossing the street in front of you"

Am I the only one who read this and started thinking about how much score you could earn if you just put your foot down? ...too much Carmageddon, GTA and such over the years I guess ;)

Re:Been there, done that? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31623286)

Not only is GTA London nothing new, neither is the idea that Rockstar should cash in on the tax breaks and making a new British GTA game. I detailed this on my blog last year:

http://kibblemania.com/2009/06/18/british-cultural-video-games-twoc/ [kibblemania.com]

Re:Been there, done that? (1)

floppyraid (1756326) | more than 4 years ago | (#31624584)

Yeah-- it had power-ups that were very intuitively obvious and awesome-- but then they abandoned them-- examples were "Instant Gang" and "ElectroFingers".

I remember when the 3D GTA came out for PC and PS2 I was very disappointed. Sure, the graphics were massively redone-- but it lacked the original feel. The announcers voice was gone, no Hare Krishnas's running around chanting, etc etc.

If any game brought back that original feel, with powerups like 'Instant Gang', I'm sure it would be a success. At least with me :/

Re:Been there, done that? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31625380)

You're nicked!

Re:Been there, done that? (1)

petermgreen (876956) | more than 4 years ago | (#31625538)

True, the modern GTA games are very different from the old ones though. The 3D GTA games are focused arround completing missions that tell a story, afaict while there were missions in the 2D GTA games there was no concept of completing a story (the levels were won by scoring sufficiant points)

I hope the Americans are ready for this (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31622932)

I know there's always been uproar and controversy surrounding GTA all over the world, particularly due to the tasks you're forced to do. However, if they have to make the game more British I'm not sure the Americans will handle it, have they *seen* what British kids get up to these days? They make Niko Bellic look like a particularly community-spirited nun.

Re:I hope the Americans are ready for this (3, Funny)

sopssa (1498795) | more than 4 years ago | (#31622948)

Maybe they can finally get more liberal with sex and have an actual hot coffee minigame. But from European cities, I'd rather have Amsterdam on it.

Re:I hope the Americans are ready for this (4, Funny)

Jedi Alec (258881) | more than 4 years ago | (#31622960)

But from European cities, I'd rather have Amsterdam on it.

All the trolley trams and cyclists would make speeding around town...somewhat challenging i expect.

On the other hand, we dutchmen are well known for our fondness of...coffee. ;-)

Re:I hope the Americans are ready for this (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31623028)

trolleys, trams and cyclists are the least of your worries. I would be more concerned about all those waterways your car could fall into.

Re:I hope the Americans are ready for this (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 4 years ago | (#31623480)

And getting stabbed by moon worhipping fundimentalheads.

Re:I hope the Americans are ready for this (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31623192)

I'd buy the game for running over the cyclists alone...

Cyclists in Amsterdam think they don't only own the road, but also the pavement, carparks and probably part of the hallways too.

Re:I hope the Americans are ready for this (1)

anarche (1525323) | more than 4 years ago | (#31623388)

the dutchmen hate.... coffee.

and hate the tourists who... drink it.

hehe there could be a random art-gallery security guard attack whenever you wander into a ... coffehouse.

Re:I hope the Americans are ready for this (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31624768)

I think its the first most drank beverage here. With something else second and cola third.

Re:I hope the Americans are ready for this (1)

L4t3r4lu5 (1216702) | more than 4 years ago | (#31623952)

Ha! What a crappy game that would be.

The intro FMV would be a guy sat in a dressing gown with a "vase" on the table in front of him, and he'd mutter the phrase "Nah, I'll just stay in today."

End credits.

Re:I hope the Americans are ready for this (4, Funny)

rishistar (662278) | more than 4 years ago | (#31623016)

I'm sorry, but I strongly think the tax benefits should be withheld unless there's a hot tea minigame. Give me that cup of Darjeeling baby yeah baby yeah!

Re:I hope the Americans are ready for this (2, Funny)

Jesus_666 (702802) | more than 4 years ago | (#31623206)

Things look bleak for teatime until you crash through the living room wall in a stolen Jaguar to deliver the crumpets. Top score!

Re:I hope the Americans are ready for this (2, Funny)

mjwx (966435) | more than 4 years ago | (#31623038)

Maybe they can finally get more liberal with sex and have an actual hot coffee minigame. But from European cities, I'd rather have Amsterdam on it.

The Dutch have the sex aspect covered but are severely lacking in a bit the ultra-violence.

Now imagine walking around a rainly grey city, in an overcoat wiff a fuk-in ant-eye aircraft gun in you fuk-in trousers, then robbing a bookie. Oh, the glassings, stabbings, beatings, gang warfare of merry old london town, shooting a bobby, smashing CCTV cameras while urinating on a lamp post and you'll understand what Friday night is to a Pom. I'm sure we can take some liberties with appearance of English women, I mean Rockstar did the same with American women but at least English girls will get stupidly drunk and shag anything that moves, that will be the difficult part to program convincingly.

Personally I'm waiting for GTA Manila.

Re:I hope the Americans are ready for this (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31624390)

Whats a Pom? Surely you mean POHM? "Prisoner of Her Majesty"?

Re:I hope the Americans are ready for this (1)

mike260 (224212) | more than 4 years ago | (#31623238)

I think that the laid-back local police [youtube.com] might take the excitement out of GTA: Amsterdam somewhat.

Re:I hope the Americans are ready for this (2, Funny)

santax (1541065) | more than 4 years ago | (#31623304)

Don't see A'dam working. Imagine this: you get a call. Your mission is to save your sister who is in great danger. You run to your closet, change into your workcloths, grab your guns, run outside to your car. Only to find you have a wheel-clamp because the parkingmeter ran out a minute ago. Hell, they probably have towed it away already!

Re:I hope the Americans are ready for this (1)

mdwh2 (535323) | more than 4 years ago | (#31624634)

The rest of Europe maybe, but in the UK we still sadly have some of the same attitudes of censorship (the BBFC can even ban games for adults).

kids these days... (2, Insightful)

zombie_monkey (1036404) | more than 4 years ago | (#31622970)

The two expansions of the original GTA were set in London.

Re:kids these days... (1)

delinear (991444) | more than 4 years ago | (#31623546)

We already know that, and the first GTA was set in Liberty City, but it was still a massively different gaming experience to see it in full 3D for the first time in GTA III and then overhauled for GTA IV. A lot of us have been waiting for similar treatment for the London version for years, now. If this brings it any closer then that's still a good thing in many eyes.

It needs guns (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31623022)

I'm not sure how that is going to go over with the availability of guns in the UK, and how easy it is to drive in London. Lets face it, half the fun is running down everyone and shooting stuff.

Re:It needs guns (2, Informative)

julesh (229690) | more than 4 years ago | (#31623162)

I'm not sure how that is going to go over with the availability of guns in the UK, and how easy it is to drive in London. Lets face it, half the fun is running down everyone and shooting stuff.

Gun crime stats suggests criminals can get guns just as easily in the UK as they ever have been able to, despite a string of legislation over the last 13 years that's supposed to prevent it. And driving in London's no worse than in any other major city...

Re:It needs guns (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31623422)

Availability of guns in real life has never stopped games.

Re:It needs guns (3, Funny)

xaxa (988988) | more than 4 years ago | (#31624014)

And driving in London's no worse than in any other major city...

You've either never been to London, or you've never left.

Re:It needs guns (1)

91degrees (207121) | more than 4 years ago | (#31623454)

It's only a game. I'm pretty certain eve in San Francisco, you can't just go to the local gun shop and walk out with a rocket launcher and some bombs.

Re:It needs guns (3, Interesting)

delinear (991444) | more than 4 years ago | (#31623596)

Indeed, characters like Boris the Blade from Guy Ritchie's Snatch could supply the weapons instead of a Guns 'n' Ammo on the street corner, and more heavy duty weaponry could always be liberated from the military later in the game. Actually the idea of everyone being armed with slightly shoddy sawn-off shotguns instead of AR-15's makes it sound a bit more edgy and fun - especially if there's a chance of your gun back-firing during a bank raid, etc.

Re:It needs guns (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31625004)

I like the idea that they might update the character to Boris Johnston the Blade....

"er, right, so you want bullets as well? Crikey! er..."

Promoting "Britishness" (0, Troll)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 4 years ago | (#31623052)

the games in question must promote Britishness

So ...

  • Most characters must have bad teeth
  • Must like warm beer and bad cooking
  • Must have characters who can't understand each other because they all speak different dialects of "The Queen's English"
  • You're automatically a "terr'rist"
  • "Hot Coffee" features Welshmen [mashcast.com] and sheep [independent.co.uk]

Stupid score system (1)

LingNoi (1066278) | more than 4 years ago | (#31623076)

The score system is totally stupid. The only way you can get 16 points is if the game is based in the UK.

Under that model, those seeking relief must score at least 16 points out of a possible 31 in a ‘culturally British’ test. There are four criteria under which studios can qualify that are as follows:
a) Cultural Content (16 pts) – Determining whether the film’s narrative is set in the UK, whether its lead characters are British, whether the film is centred on British subject matter, and if the dialogue is recorded “in the English language”.
b) Cultural Contribution (4 pts) – Determining whether the film represents “a diverse British culture, British heritage or British creativity”.
c) Cultural Hubs (3 pts) – Determining whether the film is produced in the UK studios.
d) Cultural Practitioners (8 pts) – Determining whether the cast, crew and/or producers come from the EEA (European Economic Area), with points based on each role.

Re:Stupid score system (1)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 4 years ago | (#31623096)

"in the English language"

Good luck with that.

Any idea how many different, mutually incompatible, versions of English are out there?

Re:Stupid score system (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31623176)

NaN. Since there is no official authority for the language, you can't reliably define a single consistent "version" of the language - much less 'many different incompatible' ones.

Re:Stupid score system (2, Informative)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 4 years ago | (#31623458)

Really? What's a boot? In England, it's a car trunk. In the US, it's footware. And in Newfoundland it's "I'm taking a walk aboot to Joe's t' get me a bottle'a screech, boy".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_dialects [wikipedia.org]

Re:Stupid score system (3, Insightful)

salmacis2 (643788) | more than 4 years ago | (#31623670)

Really? What's a trunk? In England it's a an elephant's appendage. In the US, it's a boot.

Re:Stupid score system (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31624356)

What? A trunk is a bit fat cable between two telephone exchanges! And a boot is what a computer has before the DOS prompt comes up.

Re:Stupid score system (1)

Nidi62 (1525137) | more than 4 years ago | (#31624894)

I would expect the term "trunk" in American English came to mean the rear storage area of a car due to the fact that many early cars had places to put actual trunks(ie. storage containers) on the back of the car.

Re:Stupid score system (1)

petermgreen (876956) | more than 4 years ago | (#31625864)

True, OTOH we brits at least get a lot of american and austrilian TV (a lot of soaps seem to be australian, not sure why) so we learn the little americanisms pretty easilly. Is it not like that in other english speaking countries?

Re:Stupid score system (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31623100)

re-read a. Just being filmed in english is enough to get some points for cultural content.

If it's a very british game, produced in the UK, with european voice actors, and adds to british culture then it may have 15 points. From there, using english as the language may be enough to win it a couple from a, giving it 17.

Re:Stupid score system (1)

vtechpilot (468543) | more than 4 years ago | (#31623294)

Item A is the only one that really matters. It doesn't matter if it is (C) made in the UK, by (D) EEA employees, if the end product is just an imitation of US culture. Item B is meant to prevent it from just being an non-diverse outsiders caricature of British culture, which is what a game about warm beer, bad cooking and drinking tea would be.

Knightley, Clarkson (1)

dltaylor (7510) | more than 4 years ago | (#31623172)

It would help if there were more characters that looked like Kiera Knightley.

Driving like Jeremy Clarkson in some of his more manic modes would be fun, too.

Re:Knightley, Clarkson (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 4 years ago | (#31623600)

It would help if there were more characters that looked like Kiera Knightley.

But if you brought out a 3D version nobody would notice the difference.

Re:Knightley, Clarkson (4, Funny)

delinear (991444) | more than 4 years ago | (#31623606)

Driving like Jeremy Clarkson in some of his more manic modes would be fun, too.

Instead of pressing the left stick activating the car's horn, it could cause your character to shout, at full volume, "POWWWWERRRR!!"

Nice setting, shame about the clichés (2, Insightful)

MeesterCat (926256) | more than 4 years ago | (#31623182)

London would be a fantastic setting for a GTA game; its street layout would be more fun and varied than the grid design of the US cities - I remember the carnage that could be had in the Midtown Madness game set in Paris.

The whole "Geeze, cock'er'ney gangsta, innit" schtick is already very tiresome though (seemingly every single British crime film or TV drama already features it).

I'm sold, my only question is... (4, Funny)

billsayswow (1681722) | more than 4 years ago | (#31623226)

Would you have to pay the congestion charge when driving downtown?

Re:I'm sold, my only question is... (1)

idiot900 (166952) | more than 4 years ago | (#31623402)

Well, in GTA: Chinatown Wars you had to pay bridge toll. Congestion charge would actually be pretty funny.

Re:I'm sold, my only question is... (1)

petermgreen (876956) | more than 4 years ago | (#31623940)

No, your cars in GTA are nearly all either stolen and/or repainted by dodgy spray shops so it wouldn't be you getting the congestion charge bill

Re:I'm sold, my only question is... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31624448)

No (or more accurately n/a). If it's realistic it'll be impossible to drive into central London at more than 1mph. Stealing an underground train might be fun tho.

Bah. (1)

w0mprat (1317953) | more than 4 years ago | (#31623252)

GTA gets lots of flak for volence. But it's nothing new.

But no one remembers Carmageddon, obviously.

Re:Bah. (1)

petermgreen (876956) | more than 4 years ago | (#31623958)

I think with GTA it's not just about the violence it's about the portrayal of gang culture in a rather glorified way along with the relative lack of consequences. Your character can never actually be killed only "wasted" and wake up outside a hospotial.

Though I have to say GTA 4 if you played all of it had a far more negative ending than most of the previous games, I doubt the complainers got that far though.

Re:Bah. (1)

mdwh2 (535323) | more than 4 years ago | (#31624676)

But the interesting point is that showing the consequences usually results in more criticism (even though, I agree, it makes more sense your way round). E.g., showing the graphical effects, rather than leaving it off-screen; having people die, rather than magically being okay - these are things which people will claim make it more "violent".

Re:Bah. (1)

petermgreen (876956) | more than 4 years ago | (#31625446)

Indeed, they are damned if they do damned if they don't. Any game that people want to play (that means the player must to some extent at least succeed in the storyline and people must be able to replay failed missions) and that is set with the player as a criminal gang member will be seen as glorifying gang life.

name change needed (5, Funny)

Bazman (4849) | more than 4 years ago | (#31623308)

We don't have "Grand Theft Auto" in the UK. We have the slightly politer-sounding "Taking without owner's consent".

TWOC: London

doesn't seem right.

Re:name change needed (1)

p0ppe (246551) | more than 4 years ago | (#31623514)

TDA - Taking and Driving Away

Re:name change needed (1)

damburger (981828) | more than 4 years ago | (#31623530)

Despite the technicality of the issue, I think 'twoc' is the more widely known term, especially in the criminal community.

Re:name change needed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31623998)

I actually started writing an Acorn Archimedes version of GTA 1 which I was going to name Taking and Driving Away :)

Re:name change needed (1)

jlebrech (810586) | more than 4 years ago | (#31623704)

joyriding

Re:name change needed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31623720)

Twoc, it's like a twat who's a bit of a cock.

Re:name change needed (1)

L4t3r4lu5 (1216702) | more than 4 years ago | (#31624108)

Oh no, stealing a car is still theft.

The trouble is that some folk would say "Oh, but I was going to return it! Honest, Gov'!" and because they were not going to permanently deprive the owner of their property, it was a (very, VERY unlikely, yet still possible) defense to a charge of Theft. Especially in cases when cars were taken from family members and reported stolen, only for a son or daughter to be found joyriding later.

TWOC was brought in to address this loophole.

Re:name change needed (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 4 years ago | (#31625460)

Bah, the cars in the UK are too small to rack up a decent body count with. On the upside, the cops don't carry guns--so imagine the mayhem if you were well-armed and on a rampage.

The Getaway (1)

DrXym (126579) | more than 4 years ago | (#31623366)

Sony has already done a couple of London based GTA-clones in The Getaway series. The Getaway wasn't very good and the series got worse with every release until it got canned. Still it proves the setting is viable especially if any GTA London riffed on some classic gangster flicks and made good use of the setting. I wonder if they'd use London though or a pastiche of London much like Liberty City is to New York.

Re:The Getaway (2, Interesting)

RMH101 (636144) | more than 4 years ago | (#31623594)

It wasn't a great game, but what they did do pretty well was the first model of the centre of London, with accurate-ish streetmaps. I spent a lot of time playing that game, having not driven around London much, and was a bit freaked out to realise that when I drove up to see a Londoner mate a few months later that I actually knew my way around some of it!

Bad idea (4, Funny)

martin-boundary (547041) | more than 4 years ago | (#31623368)

They'll never make their money back. Everyone knows that the Knowledge takes about 34 months to prepare, they'll never get enough gamers to pass the exam!

Re:Bad idea (2, Funny)

EdgeyEdgey (1172665) | more than 4 years ago | (#31623418)

Imagine if it got to the stage where people tested their knowledge of The Knowledge by taking taxi missions in GTA-London

GTA Moscow? (1, Interesting)

myowntrueself (607117) | more than 4 years ago | (#31623452)

How about it?

GTA Moscow?

Nobody? OK, Karma be damned... (3, Funny)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 4 years ago | (#31623618)

In Soviet Russia, game develops YOU!!!!

Re:GTA Moscow? (1)

dltaylor (7510) | more than 4 years ago | (#31623632)

Wasn't that made into one of the Bourne movies?

Re:GTA Moscow? (1)

HopefulIntern (1759406) | more than 4 years ago | (#31624174)

That would be the easiest game ever. As long as you dont organise gay rights protests [wikipedia.org] you should be ignored by the police.

British characters (1)

Archibald Buttle (536586) | more than 4 years ago | (#31623534)

Rockstar get most of the way there already since the GTA series is produced in the UK by Brits, and is in English.

If the main character was British, or even maybe just several subsidiary characters, then that should push them over the edge and qualify them.

Guy Ritchie (1)

stiller (451878) | more than 4 years ago | (#31623584)

Get Guy Ritchie to write the story, maybe even direct mo-cap/dialogue. In GTA 4 I just wanted to skip all the cutscenes.

Re:Guy Ritchie (1)

mjwalshe (1680392) | more than 4 years ago | (#31623964)

or get the top gear guys to do the comentry and you sould definatly have a "Stig" level of dificulty

Re:Guy Ritchie (1)

sw33tjimmy (662009) | more than 4 years ago | (#31624018)

that's the first thing i though of too...
"why do they call him 'bullet dodger'?"

Re:Guy Ritchie (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 4 years ago | (#31625502)

Why settle for a Danny Boyle wannabe, when you could get Danny Boyle himself?

it would be called chav twocker (1)

mjwalshe (1680392) | more than 4 years ago | (#31623948)

MM I can just see the chaved up hot hatches in this game and the daily mails outrage.

and it definatly needs this Renault Clio as one of the rides

http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3282687 [somethingawful.com]

TWOCKING is an abreviation of "Taking Without Owners Consent" what car theft is normaly refered to by the Police in the UK

Prove Britishness? Tricky (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31624168)

Persistent yobbishness - check
Drunken - check
Chavish behaviour - check
Lack of personal responsibility - check
IQ south of 3 digits - check
Inability to communicate other than via violence or aggression - check
Inability to move away from the TV set, sports ground or shoe shop - check
Ethics is a place east of London - check

Hmmmm what could possibly go wrong.

London? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31624514)

As Rockstars first office was down in the depths of Leith surely GTA Glasgow or Edinburgh would be more likely?

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Rockstar North (2, Insightful)

Ma8thew (861741) | more than 4 years ago | (#31625494)

For those unaware, most of the GTA series is already developed in the UK, specifically at the Rockstar North offices in Edinburgh. Of course, as the summary points out, they need some more Britishness in the game to get the tax break (although, frankly, the government would do better to give them a tax break for not setting it in the UK).

I'd buy it only if... (1)

master_p (608214) | more than 4 years ago | (#31625786)

...he [wikipedia.org] was the star in the game!!!
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