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The original Grand Theft Auto was almost canned

“[The original 'GTA'] was a real mess for years, it never moved on, it never went anywhere… It was almost canned. The publisher, BMG Interactive, wanted to can it, as it didn’t seem to be going anywhere. One of them [GTA's problems] is stability, which is a really boring one but it crashed all the f***ing time… The designers couldn’t test stuff out or try things out, it just kept crashing as simple as that… the core of gameplay was fundamentally broken.” – Original GTA programmer Gary Penn

Not that the original GTA was a major sales success, but had it got cancelled the video game industry would be a very different place right now.

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