I would like to think they are not dead, just for cameo purposes. I was over the moon when I drove into the desert to pick up Truth's mate, and it was non other than Kent Paul - one of my favourite characters in San An (Danny Dyer is brilliant at everything he does). I would have liked old characters in IV.
And CJ being the worst?
Surely you mean the best? He was the most versitile, most customizable, coolest, most ruthless - I don't even like the gang culture, I think it's idiotic and futile, I have never seen boyz in the hood - and don't want to, but I loved San An, and CJ, and if my ps3 was 60GB and backwards compatible (as opposed to a 40GB), I'd be playing it right now. Taking over and controlling the hood, and taking out the rogue cop - that's 2 main objectives in one story.
What are the chances of a San Andreas Stories? Have R* confirmed yes or no on this yet?
If they are all dead, then I would like a return to San Andreas in modern times, as an 18 - 20 year old Carl Johnson Jr.