Internet devours GTA IV trailer

Teaser video becomes fodder for dissection, stupid arguments

The first official trailer for Grand Theft Auto IV was seemingly the only thing anyone could talk about yesterday. It answered a few burning questions that fans had about the next chapter of the watershed car-crime series, but it opened the floodgates on thousands more. Is the setting New York or a redesigned version of Liberty City? Will human trafficking be part of gameplay? Will we be able to go into all those cool buildings, or are they just for show?

Sadly, there's only so much we can glean from 63 seconds of video, most of which is time-lapse landscape shots. But a few outlets dedicated their evenings to wringing every scrap of information they could from each of its frames, and they make for an entertaining read. Our brothers-in-arms in the UK did a fascinating shot-for-shot comparison of the trailer's landmarks with their real-life New York counterparts, and our sister site CVG has compiled a list of 10 things you might have missed, even on repeated viewings.

And then there's the reaction from fans, which tended to be slightly less insightful. Arguments exploded everywhere; some caught that the setting was Liberty City, others were convinced it was New York (and angry at anyone who said otherwise), and still others were rabidly upset at the thought of the main character being "Hispanic." That's a real quote, and it's wrong on aridiculous number of levels.


After graduating from college in 2000 with a BA in journalism, I worked for five years as a copy editor, page designer and videogame-review columnist at a couple of mid-sized newspapers you've never heard of. My column eventually got me a freelancing gig with GMR magazine, which folded a few months later. I was hired on full-time by GamesRadar in late 2005, and have since been paid actual money to write silly articles about lovable blobs.
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