X360, PS3 Sunday, February 3, 2008 | 2:37 AM

Image of GTA IV

Image of GTA IV

Rockstar isn't shy to pack its Grand Theft Auto IV with subliminal mockeries destined to the different actors of the videogames industry, one of which being Nintendo. The series never missed arrogance, but if you wish to be persuaded of this fact, there's a worthy image after the jump.


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Commented on 2008-02-03 02:59:18
take that nintendo.lol
Commented on 2008-02-03 03:09:21 In reply to jmd749
Posted by jmd749
take that nintendo.lol
Should be funny for those who wanted a GTA game on their Wii.....haha
Commented on 2008-02-03 03:29:36
How is it related to Nintendo? Am I missing something?
Commented on 2008-02-03 03:44:46 In reply to Fumoffu
Posted by Fumoffu
How is it related to Nintendo? Am I missing something?
Emmmm maybe you should view this in High-definition (turns off your wii) lol
Commented on 2008-02-03 03:47:00
I think they must be referring to the little 8-bit style graphics on the sides of the building, although that doesn't necessarily have anything with Nintendo.
Actually, now that I look closer the fat balding blonde guy with a mustache is rather mario-esque, and that is a MUSHROOM cloud... so maybe.
Commented on 2008-02-03 03:55:08
Well it was Nintendoesque to me at least
Commented on 2008-02-03 03:57:26 In reply to Psicotic
Posted by Psicotic
I think they must be referring to the little 8-bit style graphics on the sides of the building, although that doesn't necessarily have anything with Nintendo.
Actually, now that I look closer the fat balding blonde guy with a mustache is rather mario-esque, and that is a MUSHROOM cloud... so maybe.
Ok, I guess the Hulk-Hogan-like character looks like Mario when he is jumping.
Commented on 2008-02-03 04:38:14
8-bit Hulk Hogan, a Flying Karate Kick Guy, and a nuclear Explosion... I am so missing how this has anything to do with Nintendo.
Commented on 2008-02-03 04:42:59
Nintendo invented pixels.

The Hulk Hogan looks a fair amount like the Jumpman / Mario in Donkey Kong and Mario Bros (non-super), or regular Mario in SMB1.
Commented on 2008-02-03 05:09:42
The mustached old guy and the 'mushroom cloud' is obviously meant to allude to Nintendo's most famous franchise. What I don't get is how this is a mockery and arrogance? Ever heard of an homage? They obviously couldn't put in the real Mario and mushroom because of copyrights.
Commented on 2008-02-03 07:18:03 In reply to neight
Posted by neight
The mustached old guy and the 'mushroom cloud' is obviously meant to allude to Nintendo's most famous franchise. What I don't get is how this is a mockery and arrogance? Ever heard of an homage? They obviously couldn't put in the real Mario and mushroom because of copyrights.
just different perceptions on how you think Rockstar tends to represent other companies. I think its more of a mockery type thing given rockstars history for crude humour
Commented on 2008-02-03 08:22:44
didnt rockstar get mad at the simpsons game taking a shot at them... ohhh hypocrisy u gotta love it
Commented on 2008-02-03 08:25:39
did the graphics just get better?

Any clue what year this one is set it? looks modern.
Commented on 2008-02-03 11:51:39
I love the detail on the npc in the background.

This game looks like it oozes atmosphere
Commented on 2008-02-03 11:53:23
i'm gonna go with JonM and move away from the nintendo debate.

the graphics look like they did get better, yes. the gun model looks great considering that the past gta's gun models looked like they had melted textures on them. i like the attention to detail in it. i like too how the districts in this game have the proper residents that would be living in that certain area. like in this screenshot how theres an asian man in the background in what appears to be chinatown (not intending to sound racist there). i think with all this detail in the game i expect that its going to be something amazing
Commented on 2008-02-03 12:08:41 In reply to Jigen
Posted by Jigen
Nintendo invented pixels.
LOL.

Leave it up to gamers to read for to much into something without meaning.
Commented on 2008-02-03 13:27:10
just great :D
Commented on 2008-02-03 15:22:19
No one care to look at the fact that the sign text and colours look alot like the Kotaku header? (Yellow and red/pink) Also pick out the yellow letters then arange them to spell out "Go Die"? Maybe a jab at Kotaku....
Commented on 2008-02-03 15:26:14
The logo just behind his head also looks like the Nintendo logo. Underneath the big 'videoblah' logo.
Commented on 2008-02-03 16:31:04 In reply to MrStabby6
Posted by MrStabby6
No one care to look at the fact that the sign text and colours look alot like the Kotaku header? (Yellow and red/pink) Also pick out the yellow letters then arange them to spell out "Go Die"? Maybe a jab at Kotaku....
http://i28.tinypic.com/wik4ll.jpg
Commented on 2008-02-03 17:29:26 In reply to Kudgel
If Kotaku are slowpokes, then what does that make Gamersyde for not realising it was about Kotaku and not Nintendo....o_0
Commented on 2008-02-03 18:27:50 In reply to lankycheese
Posted by lankycheese
just different perceptions on how you think Rockstar tends to represent other companies. I think its more of a mockery type thing given rockstars history for crude humour
Ok, Rockstar have a history for crude humour and mocking others, but how is that relevant in this particular instance? I just can't see anything which is being mocked (and how)?
Commented on 2008-02-03 20:43:50 In reply to Jigen
Posted by Jigen
Nintendo invented pixels.
ROFLMFAO!!!!
Commented on 2008-02-03 21:05:57
It's shaping up nicely indeed! Ok, so the graphics aren't all that amazing in terms of textures and polygons, but the attention to detail and atmosphere is outstanding!

One of the most important things is that the world feels alive. The way the characters interact with you and eachother, the density of the population on the streets, the interactivity with the environments (i.e. entering buildings) etc.

That's what I'm looking forward in seeing in some gameplay footage!
Commented on 2008-02-03 21:55:45
The graphics in this image are a lot better then in the other images, give us a bloody play through rockstar you bastards! Only a couple months!
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