A Single Image That Helped Lead To Grand Theft Auto

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Mike Dailly, of Lemmings and GTA fame, shared something very cool on Twitter over the weekend: an image he made in 1994 that, in a very direct way, led to the creation of the original Grand Theft Auto.

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He also shared an animated version of the image created for an old talk, which you can check out (and advance by pressing space to go through the steps) here.

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It’s of course not the only thing that led to Grand Theft Auto, but as the thing that inspired the engine that would power and define the game, it’s a pretty important one, and it’s fascinating getting a chance to see it so early on.

If the earliest days of Grand Theft Auto history are your thing, Dailly also made a Flickr gallery a few years back containing all kinds of other early GTA material, from the game’s original design docs to some character art.

Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com.

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I love it when developers share old war stories, especially ones from before the millennium changed. It’s so cool to see how creative people were, just to get the simplest of things to happen, let alone build games on those technical ideas.