Criminal Mind: The Reclusive Genius Behind the Grand Theft Auto

Pump. Pump. Pump. Sam Houser's heart is pounding. The most reclusive man in video games and the mastermind behind the 150-million-selling Grand Theft Auto series is biking to work in the pouring rain. His custom pink Independent Fabrication racer weaves through New York City traffic, the type of chaotic gridlock Grand… » 12/09/13 10:14pm 12/09/13 10:14pm

An Unauthorized Look at the Enigma Behind Grand Theft Auto

During the mid-1990s, I spent my summers in L.A. I was still in high school and answering phones at a film agency on Wilshire. And in the mid-1990s, super producer Don Simpson ruled Hollywood. Everyone in the movie business had a Don Simpson story. Along with Jerry Bruckheimer, Simpson was the force behind… » 3/29/12 10:00am 3/29/12 10:00am

How I Scored An Interview with the J.D. Salinger of Games, Sam "Grand…

Those damn cable networks that cover games only in terms of violence. Those big ‘consumer' magazines that never review games. They think we don't think. They think we don't read. They think we need to get a life. Well, we have one, and, yeah, it's rich beyond videogames. But it's also made richer because of… » 4/07/11 12:00pm 4/07/11 12:00pm

Rockstar Doesn't Get Hardcore/Casual Division

Rockstar gets lots of things — like how to make and launch hugely successful games. But what's one thing Rockstar does not get? Like at all? Company co-founder Sam Houser explains:
The division doesn't make sense to us; good games will usually sell and be popular, bad games will struggle – of any type or genre or… » 8/18/08 2:00am 8/18/08 2:00am