When you’re going to develop a game that stretches between suburban paradise and the hellhole of a simulated copy of downtown LA, you’re going to need some solid voice actors. And in GTA V not only did Rockstar get some professionals for the jobs, but they got some real gangsters as well.
Speaking to the WGN podcast, via Polygon, series writer and producer Lazlow Jones explained that the game contained thousands of hours of people talking naturally, with a lot of that ambient audio containing some authentic gang-talk. “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,” Lazlo said.
We get these guys in to record the gang characters because we don’t want a goofy LA 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?’
And true to form, some of these gangsters did not want to read all the lines given to them. So Lazlow had them ad lib what they wanted to say in order to make the game more authentic. Personally, I’m a little insulted that the Lazygamer massive was never consulted. We’re menaces to society, and frequently think about going over the speed limit when we take to the streets on our scooters.
GTA 5 is out later this month. Ese.