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Grand Theft Reality

With its Grand Theft Auto series, the folks at Rockstar Games have become justly famous for producing amazingly realistic 3D environments. But since their newest game — GTA: San Andreas — is based on several real-life locations, how well does it match up to the real world?

To find out, GTAGaming.com took pictures of a bunch of locales in the game that were modelled off buildings and sites in L.A., Las Vegas, and Nevada, and checked them against pictures of the originals. The matches are nothing short of stunning. Those snapshots above? The one on the right is the real-life Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco, and the one of the left is the same building as viewed in the game. If they didn’t tell you which is which, I’m not sure you’d be able to tell ‘em apart.

(Thanks to Waxy.org for this one!)

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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