If you live in the US long enough, you adapt to the country's many eccentricities that may seem crazy to 'outsiders'. That's why Grand Theft Auto's satire of US culture can be so biting. When playing up our issues with sex, violence, money, the media, and everything else, there's a hint of truth to its caustic social commentary, but there's also some love underneath it all.
The main developers on all the main GTA games, up to 2013's Grand Theft Auto 5, have been Rockstar North, and they all feel like a slice of Americana despite the offices being based in Edinburgh, Scotland. A good deal of the credit goes to studio co-founders and writers Sam and Dave Houser, London-born brothers with a real love of American culture even as they sit in their current offices in New York City. So the next time you see a horrible violent and offensive portrayal of a fat, stupid, American in a GTA game, just remind yourself that it comes from a place of admiration.