Here's the thing about a video game soundtrack. It has to be more than just a collection of good music.
There’s a time and a place to drop some Grand Theft Auto knowledge, and apparently that time is when you’re an anchor on the local news.
Sorry if that sounds like I'm pressuring you, but when it comes to video game soundtracks, there is Vice City's inhumanly perfect collection of licensed tracks, there is daylight, and then there is everything else.
Rockstar not only recreated the 2D universe of the previous games in 3D, but the developers also came up with a new standard for the North American box art. For each title after Grand Theft Auto III, the cover art would focus on characters and various staples from the game.
Colour can be a strange and wonderful thing. Sometimes, all it's used for is to fill in the lines, or make something appear more "real", or more interesting. Yet other times it can be as powerful a force in our identification of a game as any character or soundtrack.
Tom Bissell was a productive, healthy, and somewhat disciplined young award-winning author, before his passion for Grand Theft Auto helped transform him into a cocaine-addled gaming addict.