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Rockstar has sold millions of dollars in Scottish natural exports of dark comedy.

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This article first appeared PC Gamer Magazine Issued May 2021, issue 356 delves into the lineage behind iconic games and studios each month as part of the “DNA Trace” series.

The Hauser brothers were born as heirs to the world of gangster cinema. Their mother, Geraldine Moffat, was a charming actress who rescued Michael Caine in a sniper convertible. “Did you know there was a fairy godfather?” She yelled at the wind and the sound of the engine, then rushed Kane to the multi-storey car park and killed her next mission, the criminal boss.

My brother Sam Houser grew up on a movie diet like The Getaway and The French Connection. The 70’s car chase movies were cool and brutal and lacked the clear moral center of the Hollywood thrillers that came before. When he was five or six, Sam’s wealthy lawyer’s father took him to a jazz club in London to meet Dizzy Gillespie. “My son, what do you do when you grow up?” Asked the legendary trumpet player. “Are you going to be a bank robber?” Sam would do better than that and enable millions of bank robbers around the world.

Grand Theft Auto But it didn’t start in London. It was born further north in the DMA Design Dundee Office. Titles like Menace and Blood Money may suggest a malicious Steve McQueen flick, but they actually make the fortune of early game development mogul like DMA founder Dave Jones. It was a side-scrolling space shooter that was part of the post-arcade culture of the 80’s.

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But the studio’s first international success wasn’t GTA, but Remmings, a dark comedy yet family-friendly puzzle platformer. Remmings was an Assassin’s Creed at the time, producing sequels and spin-offs throughout the 90s (Oh No! More Lemmings, All New World of Lemmings, Lemmings Paintball, Holiday Lemmings 1994). We also funded multiple teams, motion capture studios, and even a team of in-house musicians. GTA was, in most cases, vast enough to be developed by a team that had never shipped a game before.

Rockstar has sold millions of dollars in Scottish natural exports of dark comedy.

SourceRockstar has sold millions of dollars in Scottish natural exports of dark comedy.

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