Videogame Devs Tout Freedoms

Jan. 29 2009, Published 12:35 p.m. ET

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Dan Houser -- an exec at Rockstar Games, home of the Grand Theft Auto series, believes that game developers have so much creative freedom because their medium is not as respected as film or TV.

And that suits him and his colleagues just fine.

"It's really fun at the moment because we're not in any Academy and the medium's not codified," he tells the UK Telegraph. "There's no accepted way of doing anything so that gives us enormous pleasure because we can make it up as we go along. Movies and TV and books have become so structured in the way they have to approach things. Not working in that environment gives us enormous freedom. I'd rather keep the freedom and not have the respect."

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And in case you're wondering -- we know we are -- he has no idea where the franchise is going in episode "V." Right now, he says, they're busy with the downloadable updates of "IV" on Xbox Live.


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