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Grand Theft Auto is now a museum piece

Makes a best of British design show
Thu Apr 05 2012, 13:07

PULL PEOPLE OUT OF CARS AND STEAL THEM console game Grand Theft Auto (GTA) has made its way into the Victoria and Albert (V&A) museum in London.

It hasn't crashed through a window while outrunning the cops, but is part of an exhibition called British Design 1948-2012: Innovation in the Modern Age.

"The V&A's exhibition celebrates the best of British post-war art and design from the 1948 'Austerity Games' to the summer of 2012," says the V&A museum.

"Over 300 British design objects highlight significant moments in the history of British design and how the country continues to nurture artistic talent and be a world leader in creativity and design."

Grand Theft Auto is not the only UK technology achievement to be celebrated, and the computing giants of the 1980s, Amstrad and Sinclair also get a nod.

Now that hardware is less of an industry it is software companies that are flying the UK flag, and the V&A says that the last three decades have consistently produced "some of the world's most innovative and influential computer games".

GTA developer Rockstar is naturally happy at the news. "We're honored to announce that the Grand Theft Auto series has been selected for inclusion in the Victoria and Albert Museum's exhibition," it said.

"Representing each Grand Theft Auto title in the franchise and showcasing the innovation of living metropolises and open world gameplay, the exhibit features a commemorative video chronicling the history of the Grand Theft Auto series - and more."

The show runs until 12 August. µ


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