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Houser brothers are Time's most influential

GTA masterminds are cultural titans

US magazine Time has described Sam and Dan Houser as the most influential people in the world - within their "artists and entertainment" section. The innovations of the Grand Theft Auto series sees the Rockstar pioneers topping the category, while drawing parallels with Charles Dickens in the process.

"But what makes the Housers' creation unparalleled is that their games have a take on American cultural history," offers Simpsons producer Matt Selman, according to Kotaku.

"A smart take. A take that solidifies the culture's vision of its recent past. Was it a prominent film or book or record that defined how we look back on gang-era Los Angeles? No, it was a video game that uses movies, music and writing to a greater effect.

"Who better summarized and satirized the drug-dealing Miami of the '80s? Or the New York City of now? The Housers are doing the work of Tom Wolfe, creating tapestries of modern times as detailed as those of Balzac or Dickens. At least, I assume that's true. Instead of reading those guys, I've been in Liberty City stealing tanks."

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