What Grand Theft Auto III Looked Like on the Drawing Board

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Today Tokyo saw the opening of Game On, an exhibition showcasing the history of video games and exploring the question “Why are video games so interesting?” One exhibit is a recreation of the planning board used to visually plot out the missions of PS2 classic Grand Theft Auto 3.

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Each of the three whiteboards represents one of the game’s three main islands. The post-it notes represent the game’s various mission chains.

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  • Green: Quest givers
  • Yellow: Quests
  • Dark yellow: What the attached quest will teach the gamer how to do
  • Pink: Missions rewards
  • Orange: Mission chains unlocking (or finishing with lasting consequences)
  • Blue: New character introductions

Here’s each island’s board close up. (Click the top left corner to enlarge.)

 Industrial: “Portland” Mission Board (Top)
Industrial: “Portland” Mission Board (Top)
 Industrial: “Portland” Mission Board (Bottom)
Industrial: “Portland” Mission Board (Bottom)
 Commercial: “Staunton Island” Mission Board (Top)
Commercial: “Staunton Island” Mission Board (Top)
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 Commercial: “Staunton Island” Mission Board (Bottom)
Commercial: “Staunton Island” Mission Board (Bottom)
 Suburbia “Shoreside Vale” Mission Board (Top)
Suburbia “Shoreside Vale” Mission Board (Top)
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 Suburbia “Shoreside Vale” Mission Board (Bottom)
Suburbia “Shoreside Vale” Mission Board (Bottom)

The Game On exhibition will continue its run at the Miraikan in Tokyo until May 30, 2016. Ticket information can be found here.

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DISCUSSION

Can I see the boards for Bomb Da Base: Act II and Espresso-2-Go?

Seriously, I want to know what was going the minds of the idiots that designed those two missions.

“Uh, yeah, let’s have Claude watch 8-Ball commit suicide repeatedly and then later embark on a merciless, timed gauntlet where you drive around the city and assault coffee stands guarded by cartel members with uber-powerful shotguns!”