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We’re discussing the 80s spoof-a-thon, and Scarface rip-off pastiche Grand Theft Auto: Vice City in this episode. As such we talk about a lot of rather NSFW topics.
Please listen responsibly
This episode saw the Wafflers tackle the fantastically stupid GTA: Vice City - one of the first 3D, open world, crime-a-thons from acclaimed developers Rockstar. It wasn’t the first, but was a lot of people’s firsts - the earlier title GTA 3 was the first from Rockstar, and it set the stage for later titles in the series, and competitor titles like Saints Row.
Anyway, Jay and Squidge were joined by Chief in this episode
this is Jay: please don’t do this. Us developers don’t want our early builds of stuff to see the light of day otherwise, we’d release them. Please remember to be nice to people, especially developers.
But before they could do that, the system that they use to record episodes completely crapped out
Jay: and it was after that day that we started using our Discord server to record episodes
Grand Theft Auto Vice City
We all need to put on our pastel coloured suits, [and] get a pile of cardboard boxes and prepare to drive into them. Because we are going to be talking about Scarface meets Miami Vice - or as we all know it Grand Theft Auto Vice City
But they couldn’t seem to get away from just how bonkers it was for Rockstar to have released a Table Tennis game, randomly between several entries in all of their extremely violent, very silly, crime-a-thons. It would be as bonkers as if:
Nintendo releases Diddy Kong Does The Accounts
This brought us to the topics of Nintendogs, societal pressure from parents in Japan, and what some young, Japanese couples get up to during bank holidays
or BONK holidays. Amiright?
I mean, that hasn’t helped at all.
What Miyamoto has done is he’s clocked into other people’s misery, and sold them a copy of Nintendogs. Which hasn’t helped the problem, and has just made it worse, AND he’s charged them £45 for it.
Attempt Number 2
Since there are a lot of people who have neither played Grand Theft Auto, nor GTA Vice City specifically, Jay wanted to challenge both Squidge and Chief to come up with a 30 second long (or less) elevator pitch for Vice City. Squidge went first:
Do you wanna play a game where you can race around, jump over things, shoot people, and apparently there’s a story that’s set in the ’80s?
You need to play the story, you can just drive around, running people over and shooting things.
Then Chief came in with:
Don’t bother, just play Table Tennis.
It’s reliving the ’80s, isn’t it? Great soundtrack. You drive around in ’80s, like, Miami and Florida. It’s fun, yeah. And you drive around and it’s cool. ’80s soundtrack.
It’s a lot of fun. There’s a good story there as well, despite what Squidge said. I mean, it’s just nicked off Scarface like, but yeah. A lot of fun. A lot of fun.
We patented it to stop other people from doing it.
Which is precisely what happened with Namco’s racing games in the tail end of the ’90s: a number of them had mini games on the loading screen. Namco patented that idea, and it stopped anyone else from doing it.
And even curiouser still: Magnavox
the company who got a home console to market ahead of the Atari 2600
patented video game cartridges in the 1970s, but waited until 1982 (the home consoles with video game cartridges where almost ubiquitous) before suing all of the video game console companies.
Jay then wanted to know what both Squidge and Chief think of when he says, “Grand Theft Auto: Vice City”. Squidge went first:
Listening to Billie Jean on a [motor]bike.
Waiting outside of a yellow check[point] marker until the tune I’m listening to finished, then getting off of the bike and going on with the mission.
That, and insane jumps over a canal - which I never managed.
Then Chief shared his first thoughts:
I suppose: the ’80s. But I don’t really know.
It’s been so long since I played it, but obviously it reminds me of Scarface. Other than "the ’80s" or "Scarface" I’m not entirely sure.