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An insight into the world of Rockstar and its origins.
on 18 May 2015
Jacked is not as good a book as I'd hoped for. After reading some reviews and having purchased all rockstar games, I wanted to see more into the scenes behind GTA and what made it so great. True it has shown me an insight into how Rockstar was born and the different types of prejudice it has faced over the year from die hard protesters of the franchise but it just lacked that connection that made me feel anything for the people who built Rockstar from nothing.
In fact in more ways than one it made me feel more disconnected by giving the impression that someone like Sam Houser who is a genius of business, went from wanting to build this amazing game/world where anyone could be anything, it shows how someone can turn quite power hungry and forget their roots when they hit the big time.
The story depicts the rise of one character, Sam Houser, from an idealistic youth, to captain of the Rockstar fleet and its rise from a tiny game design crew to the mighty organisation it is now, and the protests of Jack Thompson, a man obsessed with righting the world and making it a perfect place to live in, whilst having the delusion that video games, or one in particular, is corrupting the youth of society.
It does make an interesting read to see both sides of the story, and two sides that I personally can relate to. Whether that be the gamer in me, or the father in me.
Its worth having a read if you have some spare change and time, but once you have read it once it will either remain on the bookshelf for a long time or end up at a boot sale.
Verdict: Its ok!