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Jacked: The unauthorized behind-the-scenes story of Grand Theft Auto

Jacked: The unauthorized behind-the-scenes story of Grand Theft Auto [Kindle Edition]

David Kushner
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The behind the scenes story of the world’s most notorious and controversial video games company - Rockstar Games.

Jacked is the incredible story behind the phenomenon that changed video games for ever – Grand Theft Auto.

Powerful politicians tried to stop it, parents and activists vigorously campaigned against it, but they couldn’t stop GTA breaking records. GTA IV became the biggest entertainment product launch of all time, eclipsing all other books, films and music, and went on to become the most controversial video game in history.

Now, after 10 years of research, David Kushner reveals how Sam Houser’s company, Rockstar Games, made it all possible. He lifts the veil of secrecy around the team to show how a blend of creative genius, daring PR campaigns, big egos and an obsessive work ethic all came together to create a monster with a tendency to spiral out of control. Including the full story behind ‘Hot Coffee’ – the hidden sex minigame that nearly killed the game and the company – Jacked gets right to the heart of what it takes to make a classic computer game…

About the Author

David Kushner is an award-winning journalist and author. His books include Levittown: Two Families, One Tycoon, and the Fight for Civil Rights in America's Legendary Suburb, Jonny Magic and the Card Shark Kids: How a Gang of Geeks Beat the Odds and Stormed Las Vegas, and Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture.

Kushner is a contributing editor of Wired, Rolling Stone, and Spectrum. He has also written for publications including the New York Times Magazine, New York, GQ, and Details. A frequent guest on TV and radio, he is the digital culture commentator for National Public Radio Weekend Edition Sunday.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2226 KB
  • Print Length: 307 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (22 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006FH0C6E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #171,781 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Rikki
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I bought this book after reading Master of Doom by the same author and found it to be just as good! I'd played a lot of Dave Jones games growing up from Bloody Money on the ATARI ST to Lemmings on the PC and when GTA 1 came out in 1997 it was a fun little game I enjoyed. I stopped gaming as much so didnt get GTA 3/4 and all the add on and side projects but knew of the mark it was making on the entertainment industry. This book takes the reader from the humble beginnings in Dundee, Scotland to the high roller times in America when the guys making these games told Burt Reynolds to sit down and shut up because the last game they produced made more money than all of his movies combined. Even if you arent a hardcore gamer or really played GTA in any of its guises this is a page turner that explains how the video game industry came from nowhere to take the entertainment crown. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable 25 July 2013
By Steve
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It is as it says - a detailed look at the story behind Grand Theft Auto.
That said, I find it to be a little less technical than Masters of Doom, which I also thoroughly enjoyed - but if you want to feel like you were there, a fly on the wall, during the deals and trials occurring throughout the birth of the Grand Theft Auto series, it's definitely worth a read. If you were looking for a more objective look and technical details involved, it is lacking on that front.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jacked 8 May 2012
By Alex.W
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A really interesting book on the GTA franchise from start to finish. A must read for big Rockstar and Grand Theft Auto fans. But be warned this book will make you want to play the games so badly!! Even if it means buying then again haha.
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3.0 out of 5 stars not quite what I'd hoped for 29 Jan. 2013
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Had been waiting for a book like this for a while. self-confessed gta-addict. Always wanted to read a book which gave a good history of the franchise. The earlier sections of the book detailing DMA, Dave Jones and the beginning of Rockstar are really interesting, but there are long sections later on which didn't grab me as much. GTA4 was also not a large part of the book either. Even San Andreas, which I thought would be an amazing section to cover was boiled down to hot coffee and the sex minigames which, to me at least, seemed to be only a small part of the game.

Maybe I'll write it instead lol
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