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Magic_Al

Lazlow has left Rockstar Games

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saintsrow
On 8/13/2020 at 10:40 AM, GTAFanClub said:

It’s sad seeing guys that I looked up to leave my favorite gaming company. If Sam Houser, Rob Nelson and Aaron Garbut leave too eventually, I won’t see R* as the same company anymore. Best wishes to Lazlow and his family!

Aaron Garbut is in my opinion the driving force that makes Rockstar virtual worlds uniquely rich and realistic.  If Aaron is the art director (in addition to the other synergistic roles he has) on next Rockstar products, it will be OK.  Aaron can create perfection in any virtual world, like he did in RDR2.

 

Like Dan Houser said in an interview, there's almost nowhere left to go in GTA to parody the USA and world situation, which has been the underlying theme, and he despaired that another GTA could even be made, because of this.  Lazlow was central to that part of the GTA series, and as stated above by others, it was getting a little too stretched.  But not just Lazlow - a lot of the GTA characters were straining to be cynical and jaded enough to carry the atmosphere that GTA has trademarked.  As others said above and elsewhere, GTA IV was already heading in that direction.  

 

Best wishes to Lazlow and his family.  It was fun while it lasted, and it lasted a long time.  Maybe he'll have fun doing something new and different.

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Magic_Al
On 8/15/2020 at 8:58 AM, TwistOfLime21 said:

If he does do a reboot of The Lazlow Show, it’ll be night and day different to how it was originally. He’d be “cancelled” immediately if it’s even a fraction like that. I’m guessing that’s why he’s removed the box set from his site too.

It would have to be completely different without the late Big Wayne. Anyway, define "cancelled" since Anthony Cumia is cancelled but he still has his own subscription platform, which  by the way is one place a Lazlow show could possibly go since several past episodes originated from The Compound before it was anything more than Anthony's home studio, that is, if Anthony and Lazlow are still friends, which is difficult to say because The Lazlow Show pretty much ended before the Opie and Anthony cancellation and aftermath and there's not much to go on since then.

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TwistOfLime21
5 hours ago, Magic_Al said:

It would have to be completely different without the late Big Wayne. Anyway, define "cancelled" since Anthony Cumia is cancelled but he still has his own subscription platform, which  by the way is one place a Lazlow show could possibly go since several past episodes originated from The Compound before it was anything more than Anthony's home studio, that is, if Anthony and Lazlow are still friends, which is difficult to say because The Lazlow Show pretty much ended before the Opie and Anthony cancellation and aftermath and there's not much to go on since then.


I’m not sure about Anthony. I only really know him from when he’d appear on The Lazlow Show. Lazlow is working on shows for two of the biggest entertainment companies in the world, Disney and Netflix, which is a lot different to working for yourself. 

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Spider-Vice
On 8/16/2020 at 12:26 PM, saintsrow said:

Like Dan Houser said in an interview, there's almost nowhere left to go in GTA to parody the USA and world situation, which has been the underlying theme, and he despaired that another GTA could even be made, because of this.  Lazlow was central to that part of the GTA series, and as stated above by others, it was getting a little too stretched.  But not just Lazlow - a lot of the GTA characters were straining to be cynical and jaded enough to carry the atmosphere that GTA has trademarked.  As others said above and elsewhere, GTA IV was already heading in that direction.  

 

This brought something to my mind. It's very possible that GTA VI is safe and sound, and will still be a fun game to play with nice writing, but Dan could have gotten demotivated from writing satire about a country that's already satirising itself. That interview where he talks about the current state of the US showed some demotivation, but it might be personal and it might not mean any kind of doom to the GTA series as Rockstar has other very talented people. Who knows if fresh blood isn't actually going to make things a bit better? :)

 

That is, of course, if it's not because T2 is trying to fully take over R*.

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3 hours ago, Spider-Vice said:

This brought something to my mind. It's very possible that GTA VI is safe and sound, and will still be a fun game to play with nice writing, but Dan could have gotten demotivated from writing satire about a country that's already satirising itself. That interview where he talks about the current state of the US showed some demotivation, but it might be personal and it might not mean any kind of doom to the GTA series as Rockstar has other very talented people. Who knows if fresh blood isn't actually going to make things a bit better? :)

 

That is, of course, if it's not because T2 is trying to fully take over R*.

i do believe that youre right, that gta vi could be a fun game, but usually companies who milk their greatest hit for a long time usually end up in the gaming graveyard.

just take a look at sonic, sega used to milk the hell outta the franchise and look where they are now, 3rd party game developers.

(i shouldnt actually be blaming rockstar, because its take-2 thats forcing them to constantly milk the games. just shows how sh*tty take-2 is.)

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Curtis
On 8/13/2020 at 5:56 PM, Kris194 said:

 I just took a look at RDR 2 credits

 

He was big part of Rockstar Games since GTA III.

 

And GTA V credits below

 

 

sh*t, now both of them are gone?
What does that mean?

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Mister Pink
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Lazlow is the voice of GTA radio. As far as I'm aware he was mostly responsible for all of the radio content and it's satire. And it's been some of the best satire I've heard. Each game has some golden radio adverts that take the piss in a very funny way. Not to mention Lazlow's alter-ego as a washed-up radio host. I think Lazlow may have been inspired by British comedy with that angle. We have guys like Alan Partridge (played by Steve Coogan) who is essentially Lazlow in the UK. He's cringe-worthy. He's washed up. His career in media goes from low to low with sporadically mild highs. He's a radio host as well and I wouldn't be surprised if Lazlow got a lot of inspiration from that character. 

 

I think Lazlow is a staple of GTA. His mark on GTA is a trademark of the GTA series. I remember watching a talk he did. And he goes into how they're able to be so successful in comedy, notably political humour - and this is even more relevant today, more than than ever - but he mentions how they are successful with GTA humour, and the key is making jokes at the expense of both sides of the political spectrum. That may seem kind of obvious but it's when comics, TV shows, take a hard-left or hard-right stance where they alienate the other half of their audience. Good comedy should poke fun everywhere. And Lazlow knows this. But that always stuck with me that talk. 

 

Now, GTA V's humour was bit lacking in my opinion. I think Fame Or Shame is low-hanging fruit. It's old reality TV. It might have been relevant in 2005. But making fun of talent contests was too bubblegum, too vanilla a subject matter and too obvious. I think they could have went for something more subversive or relevant like satirizing Joe Rogan Experience or comedians with podcasts which every comic seems to have. That's just my opinion. But modern L.A. as city to satirize is boring at this stage. It's not inspiring to say the least. I think that's why we need a Boston in 1980's just get something fresh. Sometime new to inspire the satire. 

 

Anyway, I wish Lazlow all the best. I'm very grateful for all the laughs. It's a shame him and Houser are now gone. It's like The Smiths breaking up or Roger Waters leaving Pink Floyd. It's sad when group of creatives build this thing and then you love it and now many key members call it a day. 

 

And I wonder if Lazlow recorded for GTA VI? Will we hear him then? Would be nice to know if we'll get him one last time. End of an era. 

 

Respect to Lazlow. All the best man. 

 

 


Here's a link to that talk he did...

 

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KGBeast

I honestly hope Lazlow is doing well and everything turns out alright for him. I think people underestimate just how substantial his impact on GTA and Rockstar at large was. This is a serious blow and seems to finally be waking a lot of people up about what is happening with this company. Seven years of awful practices and virtually every person who made the company and games what they were out the door. The fact we still have blind zombie consumers wandering around pretending everything is fine has long since stopped being funny and is now simply sad. The stoney face of Senor Risitas says it all. 

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Adrenalist

I am saddened to hear of the tragedy Lazlow has been enduring. It’s a very painful thing and I hope he’s doing as well as he can regarding his current situation. 
 

As a content creator, I thought he was decent. And while he made me chuckle a few times in GTA 3, I found it odd how people here glommed on to him and requested he be in the next GTA. I just didn’t find his performance particularly engaging enough to warrant the fandom. But his fans were rewarded and I was stuck listening to his irritating voice many games over. 
 

I’m glad for the change. And I’m not reluctant to say it was long overdue. I am however, saddened to see the most unfortunate circumstance that led to his departure. 
 

That said, writers for sitcoms come and go. Some are more talented than others. This is the natural ebb and flow in content creation. And there is a ton of talent to pick and choose from. As long as Sam is behind the wheel, I think we’re good. 

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Ash_735
On 8/27/2020 at 1:27 PM, Adrenalist said:

As long as Sam is behind the wheel, I think we’re good.

inb4 Sam goes next. 😛

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Mainline421

Am I the only one who liked the Lazlow character? Definitely the most hilarious bits of the radio. The next GTA won't be the same without him he's the only character to appear in ever 3d GTA! Looks like Garbut and Sam are now the only members of the primary creative team from the inception of R* left. Really wondering what the next GTA will look like without them all, especially with plan for "smaller games at launch" I fear updates may end focusing too much on Online, not leaving me feeling too optimistic of getting something as impressive as IV, V, or RDR2.

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Rushki

Well it seems like they removed Lazlows char from the Nightclub. I can't find him anywhere in the nightclub. 🤔 Just via phone at missions etc. Or is it just me?

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SneakyDeaky
On 8/28/2020 at 8:20 PM, Ash_735 said:

inb4 Sam goes next. 😛

What if Sam is on a "sabbatical" right now!?😟

 

This stuff doesn't get announced for months. 

 

But I am of the belief it would happen after GTA 6 launches. But who knows...

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Indi
20 hours ago, SneakyDeaky said:

What if Sam is on a "sabbatical" right now!?😟

 

This stuff doesn't get announced for months. 

 

But I am of the belief it would happen after GTA 6 launches. But who knows...

Sam tends to spend his time in Ibiza a lot these days.  He seems to be friendly with Solomun from the GTA: O nightclub DLC.  I don't think he's as workaholic as he used to be.

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Zello
On 9/8/2020 at 8:00 AM, SneakyDeaky said:

What if Sam is on a "sabbatical" right now!?😟

 

This stuff doesn't get announced for months. 

 

But I am of the belief it would happen after GTA 6 launches. But who knows...

When Strauss Zelnick met with Trump 2 years ago to discuss violent video games they listed Strauss Zelnick as CEO of Rockstar Games not Sam

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What if just like the GTA Online credits and the Benz situation Sam took that personally lmaoo.

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Indi
42 minutes ago, Zello said:

When Strauss Zelnick met with Trump 2 years ago to discuss violent video games they listed Strauss Zelnick as CEO of Rockstar Games not Sam

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What if just like the GTA Online credits and the Benz situation Sam took that personally lmaoo.

Strauss is the CEO, Take-Two and Rockstar are the same company.  Sam's the president, different denomination.

 

Strauss is top dog really.

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Mainline421
1 hour ago, Indi said:

Strauss is the CEO, Take-Two and Rockstar are the same company.  Sam's the president, different denomination.

 

Strauss is top dog really.

No Rockstar is a wholly owned subsidy of Take2, Sam is listed as CEO. (office address obviously so not doxing).

 

  

On 8/15/2020 at 4:02 AM, Western Gunslinger said:

It's honestly sad that the theory about the Van der Linde gang is based of Rockstar Games itself is becoming even truer

 

I wish for the best to him


It's an interesting theory, Dutch is Sam, Strauss is Strauss, but then what are the rest? Arthur is Dan? Hosea is the Benz? Certainly has some credence to it.

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Nooshi

Not good, to many top people leaving cant be anything be bad unfortunately 

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