We already brought you part one of our list of 15 things you probably did not know about GTA, and now we’re back with part two! Check out eight more fascinating facts about the popular video game that you definitely (probably) did not know below. You might be surprised by what you find out!
Number Eight: Ryder and OG Loc Are Based on Actual Rappers
In San Andreas, the characters of Ryder and OG Loc are actually based on real rappers! Ryder is based on N.W.A.’s Eazy-E, while OG Loc is based on Ja Rule. Interestingly, Eazy-E’s music is also used in the game’s soundtrack.
Number Seven: GTA V Cut a Cross-Dressing Heist
One mission in GTA V was going to feature a heist involving a cross-dresser; however, the mission was eventually cut from the game. The mission was called The Sharmoota Job.
Number Six: Rockstar Loves Making Fun of its Rivals
Rockstar, the company that makes GTA, makes fun of its rival Driver quite frequently. One of the funniest iterations of this was when GTA III featured a mission called Two-Faced Tanner, which was a jab at Driver’s protagonist named Tanner.
Number Five: Only Two Celebrities Appear as Themselves
While the game parodies many celebrities, there are two that appear as non-parodied versions of themselves. These celebrities are Phil Collins and Lazlow Jones.
Number Four: Lindsay Lohan Sued Rockstar Over the Game
Lohan sued Rockstar over their depiction of Lacey Jonas, who is an anorexic actress frequently approached by and interacting with the media. Lohan sued because she thought the character was based on her likeness, although there was no direct evidence to support this claim.
Number Three: Steven Ogg Recorded Lines in His Underwear
The character of Trevor is voiced by Steven Ogg. To get into character, Ogg would occasionally record in his underwear so it all felt more real.
Number Two: One Voice Actor Gained Weight for His Role
It’s true! Ned Luke, who voices Michael, actually gained weight before voicing the role. Luke gained 25 pounds to more authentically voice the character as someone who isn’t very active.
Number One: GTA’s Franchise Was an Accident
A game called Race’n’Chase was being developed by DMA Design – which is now Rockstar North – and had a glitch in which the player becomes a cop or criminal and aggressively chases criminals in cop cars. Tests showed that users loved this feature, and so the aggressive chasing stayed in and eventually became GTA. We hope you enjoyed our list of 15 things you didn’t know about GTA!