The Road to Ruin

Grand Theft Auto and its progeny — nearly a dozen sequels and spinoffs, including this fall’s GTA IV — let players live out their fantasies. But few videogame fantasies match the real-life adventures of Rockstar Games. Almost a decade ago, a gang of young prep-school-educated Brits invaded New York with a then-outrageous dream: to make video-games hip. They would elevate a medium built on Mario and Pokémon into something defiantly…


—Maraka (YouTube | Saturday Night Live) “Pump your hands to make the balloon fill up. Pump them harder. Come on! Harder! What’s wrong with you? There! You did it!” “Can you help me decide if Robert Blake was innocent?” “Don’t question it, just do it!” Wonderful spoof of “Dora the Explorer.”