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A Sad Passing at Rockstar

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364w ago - We note that a Rockstar developer, Joseph Howell, 35, has died. According to his Moby Games bio, Howell was credited on a number of high-profile Rockstar titles, including Grand Theft Auto San Andreas as well as GTA III, GTA Vice City, and Manhunt. Howell's obituary describes him as:

...a staunch defender of Civil Rights and Liberties especially for the underprivileged...

Howell leaves behind a wife and two children. Here are some of the games credited for:

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (Special Edition) (2005), Rockstar Games, Inc.
The Warriors (2005), Rockstar Games, Inc.
Grand Theft Auto Advance (2004), Rockstar Games, Inc.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (2004), Rockstar Games, Inc.
Manhunt (2004), Rockstar Games, Inc.
Midnight Club II (2003), Rockstar Games, Inc.
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002), Rockstar Games, Inc.
Mafia (2002), Gathering
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2002 (2002), Electronic Arts, Inc.
Grand Theft Auto III (2001), Rockstar Games, Inc.
Max Payne (2001), Gathering
Motocross Mania (2001), Take 2 Interactive
Myth III: The Wolf Age (2001), Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.
All-Star Baseball '99 (1998), Acclaim Entertainment, Inc.
Batman & Robin (1998), Acclaim Entertainment, Inc.
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Midnight Club: Rockstar's most ambitious project yet

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367w ago - Rockstar says that its next-gen Midnight Club, set in Los Angeles, is the company's "most ambitious project to date."

Yeah GTA IV looks great, but we can see where Rockstar is coming from: Midnight Club LA houses a very impressive, completely seamless recreation of LA-la-land, full of familiar places and potentially crawling with online racers.

We'd hate to think how the San Diego studio managed to map such a gigantic landmass (and make it look prettier than GTA IV), and our Rockstar spokesman seemed similarly taken back. "The fact that they live two hours away probably helped," he said.

Read all about it in our first Midnight Club eyes-on. "It's just the beginning," Rockstar promises.
 
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