Take-Two Cancelled Previous Drug-Dealing Sim

Who remembers Snow?

Today’s news that GTA Chinatown Wars on the kid-friendly Nintendo DS will contain a drug dealing mini-game reminded us that as recently as June, 2006 GTA publisher Take-Two Interactive put the kibosh on Snow, a drug dealing simulator for the more adult-centric PC platform. The game had been on the show floor at E3 just a month before.

What’s different now?

  • In June, 2006 Hot Coffee was still a big issue for T2 and the game biz
  • GTA Chinatown Wars = GTA + the Housers. With their contract expiring in February, T2 is likely to be quite accomodating to the creative urges of the reclusive brothers behind the best-selling GTA series.

Here’s correspondent Colin McIness 2006 report on Snow from the old-school GP.

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    Leet Gamer Jargon says:

    I might regret saying this, but…Take Two, you pansies!


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    Good old Drug Wars, I remember when that game was popular and got a whole shitload of media induced hysteria that made it even more popular. Then it got toned down or at least the weapons did and died. Granted it was a very limited fad game so it was bound to happen anyway.

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    SimonBob says:

    Just a guess: was it going to be a heavily-enhanced variation on the old Drugwars game?  I used to steal^H^H^H^H^Hborrow my friends’ PDAs in high school and play that during science class.  They should’ve gone through with it, but I guess the bad PR would’ve been too much.

    Edit: ah, I see Colin made the same connection back in 2006.  Great minds think alike.

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