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Roy Haynes: Get in the Game

Roy Haynes

It’s a safe assumption most video-gamers have never heard of Roy Haynes, and it’s an even safer assumption that those gamers don’t throw on jazz classics like “Snap Crackle” when shooting down their virtual foes. All of that has changed with Grand Theft Auto 4, already one of the most popular video games of all time.

In the fourth installment of the wildly popular game, released by Rockstar Games in March, gamers play as protagonist Niko Bellic, an Eastern European immigrant who arrives in the fictional Liberty City (modeled closely on New York City) on a dangerous mission of revenge. The game is celebrated for its exceptional attention to detail and fluid gameplay, while being both lauded and vilified for its gritty and superfluous violence. Love it or hate it, however, it is impossible to deny the game’s extraordinary appeal, shattering sales records and selling more than six million copies to date.

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