— Dan Houser gets how to write video games.
So as some of you guys know I have kind of an obsession with making playlists for things, but I pretty rarely post them to Tumblr. Well, for a little while I’ve been working on making an alternative hip-hop station to listen to while playing Grand Theft Auto; I tried to get a mix of old and new, chill and intense, east coast and west coast and everything in between. GTA radio stations thrive on their diversity and I think I’ve got a pretty good variety of songs I’d like to listen to while cruising through Vice/Liberty City/San Andreas. If anyone would like to listen to this playlist while they play the game and tell me what they think that would be pretty rad(although I don’t foresee that happening, but might as well put it out there). Enjoy!
- Re: Definition-Black Star
- The Zone-The Weeknd
- Get This Low-Jedi Mind Tricks
- Light One Up-Chip tha Ripper
- At the Helm-Hieroglyphics
- Lie4-Danny Brown
- A Roller Skating Jam Named “Saturdays”-De La Soul
- Run the Numbers-EL-P
- Rolling Papers-Domo Genesis feat. Wolf Haley
- Dar Eh Da Da Du-Young Fathers
- Mastermind-Deltron 3030
- Swimming-Killa Mike
- Catacomb Kids-Aesop Rock
- 3000-Dr. Octagon
- Music to Ride To-Curren$y
- Earthcrusher-Mr. Lif
- Check the Rhime-A Tribe Called Quest
- Yonkers-Tyler, the Creator
- Guillotine-Death Grips
- Money Folder-Madvillain
- Hip Hop-Dead Prez
- Vein-Cannibal Ox
- Miss Colfax-BLKHRTS
- When We Rock(Leaders)-Prokid
- 100% Dundee-The Roots
- Vital Nerve-BMS/Company Flow
- Fuck Is You Talkin Bout-Smoke DZA
- Still Lives Through-Little Brother
- Officer-The Pharcyde
Did we think it was too violent? No. We put it out and we were proud of it. Were we conscious that some people might [be offended]? Absolutely. We were very careful to make sure we never marketed it in a way that exploited that. There was no violence or content in it that you wouldn’t see in a TV show and see in a movie.
To us, it was like “well, this debate doesn’t make sense,” but we could sniff that it would probably come. We obviously never could have predicted that it would become as overblown as it did over the next four or five years.
Ten years on, society may be in a bit of a mess right now but it definitely isn’t video games’ fault. The one thing you cannot argue empirically now is: In the last ten years there hasn’t been a massive societal collapse based on these games. You know, you spend tons of time not doing anything violent. There’s far less violence in the game than in an average first-person shooter."
— Dan Houser on Grand Theft Auto III.