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Lego Grand Theft Auto

posted by Jason Kottke   Sep 19, 2017

This video by Nukazooka of Grand Theft Auto being played by Lego characters is uncommonly well done. It looks more or less like the Lego Movie but made with a fraction of the budget.

Off-topic, but on their Twitter account I also discovered this cool 5-second video illustrating how air moves due to a passing semi truck. I can’t stop watching this!!

War photographer embeds himself inside a violent video game

posted by Jason Kottke   Sep 15, 2014

Conflict photographer Ashley Gilbertson recently embedded himself in the video game The Last of Us Remastered and sent back a selection of war photos.

Last Of Us Gilbertson

Reminds me a bit of Jim Munroe’s My Trip to Liberty City, a film made from the perspective of a tourist visiting the city featured in Grand Theft Auto III:

(via @atotalmonet)

Update: New Gamer took photos of a road trip in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. (via @johnke)

A four-year-old plays Grand Theft Auto

posted by Jason Kottke   Jun 22, 2010

He spends much of the time arresting criminals, taking people to the hospital in an ambulance, and putting out fires.

At this point my son was familiar with the game’s mechanics and hopped into the ambulance. As he put the crime fighting behind him, he wondered aloud if it was possible to take people to the hospital. I instruct him to press R3, and then he was off to save a few lives. He was having a blast racing from point to point, picking up people in need, and then speeding off to Las Venturas Hospital. During one of his life saving adventures, he passed a fire house with a big, red, shiny fire truck parked out front. He didn’t want to let his passengers down, so he took them to the hospital and then asked if I could guide him back to the fire truck.

Grand Theft Koyaanisqatsi

posted by Jason Kottke   Nov 13, 2009

A timelapse video of 15-days of game play in Grand Theft Auto IV. Sadly not set to the music of Philip Glass. (thx, rob)

Update: An early teaser video for GTA IV featured Philip Glass’ music as well as some timelapse footage. (thx, michael)

Grand Theft Festal

posted by Jason Kottke   Sep 17, 2008

This year’s harvest of crop art from the Minnesota State Fair included Grand Theft Festal, a mashup of Grand Theft Auto and Festal-brand canned corn done in millet, alfalfa, canola, and white clover seeds. The artist recorded a timelapse video of its construction. (via mark simonson)

Grand Theft Auto, circa 1985

posted by Jason Kottke   May 07, 2008

Commercial for the little-known version of Grand Theft Auto for the circa-1985 NES. The Tanooki Suit is the best part. (via house next door)

Grand Theft Auto food

posted by Jason Kottke   Apr 30, 2008

An attempt to find real-world analogs to the fictional NYC restaurants in Grand Theft Auto 4.

Grand Theft Mario = Super Mario Bros + Grand Theft Auto.

posted by Jason Kottke   Nov 07, 2006

Grand Theft Mario = Super Mario Bros + Grand Theft Auto.

Great Coke ad parody of Grand Theft Auto

posted by Jason Kottke   Aug 15, 2006

Great Coke ad parody of Grand Theft Auto. (via df)

Steven Johnson’s open letter to Hillary Clinton

posted by Jason Kottke   Jul 27, 2005

Steven Johnson’s open letter to Hillary Clinton regarding her call for a Congressional investigation about the effects of video games on children. “I know a congressional investigation into [the violence and hostility in high school] football won’t play so well with those crucial swing voters, but it makes about as much sense as an investigation into the pressing issue that is Xbox and PlayStation 2.”