Top Honour for Grand Theft Auto Developer
Controversial computer game Grand Theft Auto has picked up a few headlines since its release including; 2013’s Best Selling Video Game and GTA V Makes $800m in One Day. However the makers of the game Rockstar Games are now being awarded a Bafta fellowship. It is the highest accolade given by the Academy with recognition of an “outstanding contribution to film, television or games”. Rockstar Games has been lauded for ‘revolutionary approach to games’ and commended for ‘bringing the medium to the masses’.
Rockstar Games have continuously raised the bar when it has come to game development, not just with their Grand Theft Auto collection but with other games titles including L.A. Noire, Manhunt, Bully and Red Dead Redemption. The innovation can easily be seen from the first Grand Theft Auto Game through to the latest, from 3D and High Definition graphics being added along the way. Plus the massive highly detailed, open world which has featured in every part of the series which is a highlight for many fans but is also a huge undertaking design and production wise.
Grand Theft Auto IV earned the Guinness World Record for single day sales of an entertainment product. This is now held by 2013’s Grand Theft Auto V. It’s the layered interactive worlds which Rockstar specialise in recreating and which gamers find the most fun, they used this in other outings: L.A. Noire, Manhunt, Bully and Red Dead Redemption. These titles along with GTA put the company at the forefront of game development and leaves many in the wind.
In a statement, Bafta said the Grand Theft Auto series, as well as other games including Manhunt, Bully and Red Dead Redemption had kept Rockstar Games “at the forefront of the gaming industry for over a decade”.
Harvey Elliott, chairman of Bafta’s Games Committee, said: “The creativity and passion exhibited by the Rockstar teams have inspired a generation of game developers to raise the bar in every aspect of game development. From design and mechanics, through to storytelling, cinematics and audio immersion, and in the process creating games that compete so profoundly on a global stage across all entertainment media.”
Sam Houser, founder of Rockstar Games, called the award “incredibly humbling. We have long believed in the potential for video games to become a new form of cultural expression and worked to show that in our games. This honour reflects the creative vision and dedication of a huge number of people over many years.”
Opening Scene of Skyfall Recreated in GTA V
It just goes to show how much can be done on the game GTA V, there have been many hilarious blooper and other types of videos produced since this game was launched last year. However none have been as adventurous as this:
A group of game recreated the opening sequence of the Bond movie Skyfall, using the game’s multiplayer mode. The scene covers Bond jumping on to a moving train while on a motorbike, then fighting with a baddy on top of one of the carriages. The action-filled scene was produced by The Brass Ballas gamers who made a detailed reconstruction of both the beginning and the end.
Compare it to the movie version below: