Jacked: The Outlaw Story of Grand Theft Auto

( 6 )

Overview

Inside the making of a videogame that defined a generation: Grand Theft Auto

Grand Theft Auto is one of the biggest and most controversial videogame franchises of all time. Since its first release in 1997, GTA has pioneered the use of everything from 3D graphics to the voices of top Hollywood actors and repeatedly transformed the world of gaming. Despite its incredible innovations in the $75 billion game industry, it has also been a lightning rod of debate, spawning accusations ...

See more details below
Hardcover (First Edition)
$23.27
BN.com price
(Save 10%)$25.95 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (19) from $4.98   
  • New (12) from $14.78   
  • Used (7) from $4.98   

Overview

Inside the making of a videogame that defined a generation: Grand Theft Auto

Grand Theft Auto is one of the biggest and most controversial videogame franchises of all time. Since its first release in 1997, GTA has pioneered the use of everything from 3D graphics to the voices of top Hollywood actors and repeatedly transformed the world of gaming. Despite its incredible innovations in the $75 billion game industry, it has also been a lightning rod of debate, spawning accusations of ethnic and sexual discrimination, glamorizing violence, and inciting real-life crimes. Jacked tells the turbulent and mostly unknown story of GTA's wildly ambitious creators, Rockstar Games, the invention and evolution of the franchise, and the cultural and political backlash it has provoked.

  • Explains how British prep school brothers Sam and Dan Houser took their dream of fame, fortune, and the glamor of American pop culture and transformed it into a worldwide videogame blockbuster
  • Written by David Kushner, author of Masters of Doom and a top journalist on gaming, and drawn from over ten years of interviews and research, including firsthand knowledge of Grand Theft Auto's creators and detractors
  • Offers inside details on key episodes in the development of the series, including the financial turmoil of Rockstar games, the infamous "Hot Coffee" sex mini-game incident, and more

Whether you love Grand Theft Auto or hate it, or just want to understand the defining entertainment product of a generation, you'll want to read Jacked and get the real story behind this boundary-pushing game.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470936375
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 4/3/2012
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 719,829
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

David Kushner
DAVID KUSHNER is the author of Masters of Doom, voted the best videogame book of all time by Game Informer magazine, as well as Jonny Magic and the Card Shark Kids, and Levittown. A contributing editor at Rolling Stone, Kushner has written for publications including Vanity Fair, Wired, New York Times Magazine, New York, GQ, and Details. He served as the digital culture commentator for National Public Radio's Weekend Edition Sunday. He has been included in The Best American Crime Reporting and is an adjunct professor of journalism at New York University.
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Author’s Note v

Prologue: Players vs. Haters 1

1 The Outlaws 5

2 The Warriors 11

3 Race’n’ Chase 20

4 Gouranga! 27

5 Eating the Hamster 36

6 Liberty City 46

7 Gang Warfare 55

8 Steal This Game 65

9 Rockstar Loft 74

10 The Worst Place in America 80

11 State of Emergency 89

12 Crime Pays 101

13 Vice City 111

14 Rampages 124

15 Cashmere Games 134

16 Grand Death Auto 142

17 Boyz in the Hood 159

18 Sex in San Andreas 170

19 Unlock the Darkness 186

20 Hot Coffee 201

21 Adults Only 216

22 Busted! 222

23 Bullies 230

24 Flowers for Jack 247

25 New York City 259

Epilogue: Outlaws to the End 271

Acknowledgments 279

Notes 280

Index 292

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4
( 6 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(4)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(1)

1 Star

(1)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 6 Customer Reviews
  • Posted April 10, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    I just finished reading this book, and it is FANTASTIC. If you

    I just finished reading this book, and it is FANTASTIC. If you ever ever wanted an inside look at how the gaming industry works, this is your ticket. Jacked is a fun, entertaining read. If you consider yourself a gamer, this book MUST be on your shelf, right next to your stack of games -- or maybe on the floor next to your game, wherever you store them. So get off the couch or office chair and pick this book up. You will not regret it.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2012

    It's good.

    It's good.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2013

    Do NOT bother reading this book unless you are just an insanely

    Do NOT bother reading this book unless you are just an insanely infatuated GTA fanboy!  There is practically no real inside information on  Rockstar Games or the video game industry at large, which was what I was hoping to find.  Instead, what you get is a character study of R* Games founder Sam Houser  and his chief antagonist, right-wing culture warrior Jack Thompson.  If reading 400 pages documenting their fight for the right to make mature video games sounds good to you, by all means, read away!  Personally, I was bummed to learn almost nothing about how these massive open-world games are made.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2013

    Awesome book

    If u hate this book ur dumb and stupid

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2014

    I like GTA

    NOT, SUCKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    Hayden

    Just finished

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 6 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)