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Rockstar Recruits Real Gang Members for GTA 5


Relax. It's just for voice work. In their long-awaited action adventure Grand Theft Auto 5, Rockstar Games has hired people from real world gangs to voice some of the characters within the game. This was confirmed by one of the writers who's involved with the game. Reportedly, authenticity is Rockstar's goal, writer, producer and former radio host Lazlow Jones said as much.

"When we record all these ambient characters we go towards authenticity," Lazlow explained. "In the game there's these rival gangs. There's Black gangs, Latino gangs... we recruited a guy who gets gang members, actual real gang members, like El Salvadoran gang dudes with amazing tattoos, one of which had literally gotten out of prison the day before."

Hm, that's taking video game development a few major steps forward (or back, well, let's be optimistic and say 'forward').



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WeAreAllGonnaDie Sep 04 2013, 01:48 am EDT
So by buying GTA5, you're financing real criminals? Or are they hiring as part of a scheme to rehabilitate them?
BIG difference between the two.
  Un Om Bun: You're financing the people who hire real criminals.
Vader: I like things to stay in the family so to speak. Know…
Terminator: I'm hoping these are actually ex-gang members that ha…
im_stardust Sep 04 2013, 03:30 am EDT
You are financing real criminals anyway, douchebag. Rehabilitate? WHAT and IDIOT, you are!

They can bring a child rapist, serial killer to do the voice acting or whatever. The fuck I care. All I need is for the game to be as good as possible.

Anyway, I think the reality is something closer to "Harlon and Marlon".
  Superastic: Yes, Harlon and Marlon, they straight nightmares.
CJ_Parker Sep 04 2013, 05:04 am EDT
This is why I have always hated the whole GTA series. The childish gangstah speak just kills it for me and this retarded move by Rockstar ain't not helpin' no one either, man!! Ya gotta getz realsz here broz. Dat shittas not kewl ya homies!
  Breedy_Mcfluff: I like to look at it as making fun of those gang-bang…
Terminator Sep 04 2013, 05:42 am EDT
I'm all for authenticity in games, but this is pushing it.
satangel Sep 04 2013, 06:14 am EDT
Paying gang members must be really cheap comparing to paying unknown actors.
thestewieman Sep 04 2013, 09:16 am EDT
America is the largest prison nations ever conceived on the planet, so, your taxes are financing crime "because your prison system clearly doesn't work"

this will help these people more than your prisons...
uzmzrush Sep 04 2013, 02:46 pm EDT
And they couldn't even get a real Serb to do Niko Belic in the last one. Authenticity my ass.
Breedy_Mcfluff Sep 04 2013, 05:08 pm EDT
Like people buying cocaine. I don't give a shit.
Cedtsmk Sep 04 2013, 05:49 pm EDT
Yeah, but do they say funny stuff like "I smoke because it gives me knowledge", "I have a date with a cheeseburger deluxe", "my mother's my sister", "well butter my butt"...
antonphd Sep 07 2013, 08:55 pm EDT
what
the
fuck
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