Dan Houser

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Dan Houser
Born 1974 (age 39–40)
London, England
Residence Brooklyn, New York, United States[1]
Nationality British[2]
Alma mater St Paul's School, London
University of Oxford
Occupation Video game producer, writer and voice actor
Years active 1998–present
Organization Rockstar Games (Vice President of Creativity)
Known for Grand Theft Auto
Family Walter Houser (father)
Geraldine Moffat (mother)
Sam Houser (brother)

Dan Houser (born 1974) is an English[2] video game producer as well the co-founder (along with his brother Sam) and vice president of creativity for Rockstar Games.[3] As well as producing video games, Houser has written most of the Grand Theft Auto games[4][5] since London, 1969 with the exception of Advance.[citation needed] He is also the head writer for Rockstar Games,[5] being the lead for Bully, Red Dead Redemption and Max Payne 3.

Biography[edit]

Houser was born in London,[6] the Son of British lawyer Walter Houser and actress Geraldine Moffat.[7][8] Houser was educated at St Paul's School in London and Oxford University.[9] Despite wanting to be musicians, both Houser and his brother Sam had a fascination with storytelling from a young age. Growing up near a video library in London, they watched many American crime and cult films and Spaghetti Westerns. Houser has stated his favourite film is Walter Hill's The Warriors. In 1995, Houser got a part-time job at BMG Interactive testing CD-ROMs although he wasn't a full-time employer until 1996.[10][7] Houser and Sam later became interested in a video game called Race'n'Chase which was being developed by DMA Design after getting a preview of the game, the Houser's signed Race'n'Chase to BMG Interactive as the publisher and changed the name of the game to Grand Theft Auto.[11] In 1998, Houser left London and moved to New York with his brother, where the Houser brothers founded Rockstar Games.[7]

Houser has been credited as a producer for five Grand Theft Auto games, and also works as a writer and voice artist for the series.[12] Despite the high profile of the Grand Theft Auto series, Houser and his brother have shied away from the celebrity spotlight, preferring to focus on the Rockstar Games brand rather than giving any one person the credit for the games' success.[13] In 2009, both Dan and Sam Houser appeared in Time Magazine's most 100 influential people of 2009 list.[14]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Dutton, Fred (2012-03-21). "Rockstar boss buys Truman Capote's New York mansion • News •". Eurogamer.net. Retrieved 2013-09-17. 
  2. ^ a b "The Max Payne Comics Will Explain Why Rockstar's Hard-Boiled Cop Is So Messed-Up". Kotaku.com. 5/03/12. Retrieved 2013-09-17. 
  3. ^ Stahie, Silviu. "Rockstar's Position on Critics". Softpedia. 
  4. ^ "Grand Theft Auto V: meet Dan Houser, architect of a gaming phenomenon". The Guardian. 6 September 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f Suellentrop, Chris (November 9, 2012). "Americana at Its Most Felonious". The New York Times. 
  6. ^ "Sam and Dan Houser | MediaGuardian 100 2010 | Media". London: The Guardian. 19 July 2010. Retrieved 2013-09-17. 
  7. ^ a b c "Meet The Brains Behind Grand Theft Auto". Stuff.co. 27 December 2012. Retrieved 2 April 2013. 
  8. ^ "Behind Grand Theft Auto V: The 'Rockstar' creators of gaming's cult hit". Yahoo! News. 14 November 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  9. ^ "Grand Theft Auto: The reckoning | Mail Online". London: Dailymail.co.uk. 24 August 2007. Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
  10. ^ "Rockstar's Dan Houser: Big in Japan?". 1up.com. 26 October 2011. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  11. ^ "The History of Grand Theft Auto". IGN. 5 September 2013. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  12. ^ "Dan Houser IMDB Entry". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 12 April 2007. 
  13. ^ Ryan P. (18 May 2012). "Gaming Gods: Dan and Sam Houser". The Gamer's Hub. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  14. ^ Matt Selman (30 April 2009). "Sam and Dan Houser - The 2009 TIME 100". Time Magazine. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 

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