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In the last 12 years, there have been better games than Grand Theft Auto III. But I don’t think there’s any game that has been more influential, both in terms of changing its own medium and — just as importantly — changing the whole popular conception of what the medium is supposed to be. When Grand Theft Auto III came out in 2001, it pointed the way toward a new era of videogames: An era when games would be worlds without boundaries, with characters who looked and acted like real human beings speaking non-translated dialogue, with novelistic stories that would be about something beyond rescuing princesses or defeating final bosses.
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