Rockstar Games is breaking new boundaries in immersion by using the voice-overs of "actual, real gang members" in Grand Theft Auto V. Speaking to Chicago radio station WGN, contributing writer and producer 'Lazlow" Jones said that thousands of hours of audio had been gathered by going into people's homes and recording them speaking as they would in real life.
"When we record all these ambient characters we go towards authenticity," he said. "In the game there's these rival gangs. There's Black gangs, Latino gangs ... we recruited a guy who gets gang members, actual real gang members, like El Salvadoran gang dudes with amazing tattoos, one of which had literally gotten out of prison the day before."
"We get these guys in to record the gang characters because we don't want a goofy L.A actor who went to a fancy school trying to be a hard gang member. There's nothing worse than that, so just go find the terrifying people and say 'can you come in here please?'"
Voice actors often contributed their own take on the scripts, said Lazlow. "There's a lot of sessions where we would just throw the script on the floor. 'This is irrelevant, let's just work on something real.'"
Well if you had any doubts about how immersive GTAV is going to be, we can set aside gang member voice-overs. Although we're not sure this should be a selling point it certainly can't hurt the game, unless any congressman gets word.