Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
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A pedestrian bears a striking resemblance to Sharon Stone's character Catherine Tramell in the film "Basic Instinct". The film came out the same year that the game takes place in, 1992.
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There is a pedestrian that bears a resemblance to Tupac Shakur's character Bishop in the film "Juice". The film came out the same year that the game takes place in, 1992.
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A pedestrian in the game wears clothes that bear a striking resemblance to an outfit that Cuba Gooding Jr.'s character Tre wears in the film Boyz n the Hood, a film that heavily influenced the game.
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San Fierro was originally named "San Fiero". This can be seen on unused textures within the game's files.
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David Cross, the actor who voiced Zero in the game, said that he hated the mission "Supply Lines", which his character was in, because of how difficult it was and finding his voice accompanied with it to be annoying.

In an interview, Cross said, "It's the most annoying voice you could imagine, accompanying that," "I stopped, I tried to cheat, I could not listen to myself, it was so annoying," "So annoying. I hated it. And I couldn't fucking do it. The RC thing? ... It's impossible."
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On the Tiki Theater Xymposium building in Los Santos, close to Grove Street, there is a giant tiki idol resembling one of the collectible hidden packages from Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.
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Pictures of characters from Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City are used on the playing cards in the Video Poker minigame.
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If the player fails the Running Dog mission while CJ's fat level is over 50%, Big Smoke will call CJ afterward. He tells CJ to go to the gym and lose some weight.
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The beta version of Big Smoke is shown wearing a white jersey and black trousers, with Smoke having a bald head. This can be seen on the statue of Smoke in his crack palace in East Los Santos.
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The beta version of Sweet wore a black t-shirt, a long sleeved white undershirt, black trousers and a black skully, which can be seen in a picture inside the Johnson House.
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The full sized Micro SMG (alternatively called Uzi) was originally intended to be featured in the game, but it was cut from the final release. It can be seen in several beta screenshots.
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There are unused files for the M249E2 SAW which was originally intended to be included in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, but was never actually in it. They can be found in the PS2 version.
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The original beta name for Grove Street Families was Orange Grove Families. Beta graffiti around South Central Los Santos referring to the "Orange Grove Families" and the "OGF" still exist. Likewise, CJ can get a tattoo on his upper back in Los Santos that references the "Orange Grove Families". CJ will also sometimes shout out phrases related to the "Orange Grove Families" and the "OGF" during a fight.
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In The Introduction, a twenty minute video that was available with the North American PS2 Special Edition of GTA San Andreas or the official soundtrack double CD, the appearance of Sex Club Seven in the Liberty City scene is a canonical error. Before 1998, it was called Paulie's Revue Bar. This happened because Rockstar wrote GTA Liberty City Stories after GTA San Andreas.
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The TEC 9 has no recoil animation.
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The PSG-1 was originally going to make an appearance, but it was removed. It can still be seen in Ammu-Nation, and the Sniper Rifle's HUD icon resembles the PSG-1.
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In the mission, Nines and AK's, during the cutscene, Emmet is wearing a red shirt under his jacket, but during gameplay, while learning how to shoot, Emmet is wearing a white shirt under his jacket.
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In the mission 'Madd Dogg's Ryhmes', one of the security guards playing a video game (possibly DRIV3R) says, "This sucks, I mean, how could Refractions mess up so bad? You suck Tanner!" This is actually an Easter egg mocking the game DRIV3R, which some consider to be a Grand Theft Auto clone; the main character's name is Tanner, and the game is made by "Reflections".
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The Jetpack has an unused HUD icon, although it can still be found in the game's files.
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There are locations in the game where pedestrians commit suicide. One example is a photographer found near Flint Intersection. A pedestrian will spawn there randomly, and take a picture. They will then walk into the water and drown.
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Some pedestrians spawn high up on buildings or in the sky and fall to the ground. Although this could be a glitch, it's also possible that these events are easter eggs, as Rockstar previously created the game 'Lemmings' when they were DMA Design.
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Deleted audio for the game reveals that Rockstar Games had intended for the high ranking Forelli Family gang member in Saint Mark's Bistro to be called Marco Forelli. However, as the audio was not used, the character remains un-named.
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During the mission "Saint Mark's Bistro", a car can be seen in the yard behind the bistro. It has a unique license plate reading "4GEDIT" ("forget it"), a message to the player to forget about exploring Liberty City.
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There were intentions for a sex minigame by the name of "Hot Coffee" to be included, however it was cut due to controversy and the ESRB threatening to give the game an adult only rating (AO). However, it was left in the game's code and through using cheat a cheat device or hack, you could access it. When this news got to the ESRB, they threatened Rockstar again to remove it or get an adult only rating. This led to Rockstar recalling all copies of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and releasing a 2nd Edition which was exactly same as the original but without the "Hot Coffee" feature to be found anywhere in the code. There was an additional promotion where players could mail in their copies of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas to get the updated edition and 30 dollars, but since almost nobody knew about it, only 2,676 people had mailed in their copies.
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During the mission, "Air Raid", Zero says, "Great kid, don't get cocky!". This is a reference to the same quote said by Han Solo in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.
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Girlfriend models can be used as criminals during the Vigilante mission.
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Claude is seen wearing the exact same clothes that he wears in GTA3, which is odd as it is presumed that 8-Ball got him whatever clothes that he had in the GTA3 mission "Give Me Liberty".
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The Rifle lacks the cocking animation. Instead, a cocking sound is played and the shooter just stands still until it's ready to fire again.
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The Gasso station in Dillimore has a label that says "Max Pane - Bullet Proof Glass", an obvious reference to the Max Payne series.
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Rockstar had the idea to include several playable characters in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, like in Grand Theft Auto V, but the feature was omitted due to the technical limitations of the time.
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The name of the mission "Body Harvest" is likely a reference to the Nintendo 64 game of the same name, produced by Rockstar North when they were DMA Design. It is arguably Rockstar's first free roaming 3D adventure, setting the precedent for GTA III to follow. The use of the Combine Harvester is likely also a reference to Body Harvest, as a part in the game involves the use of a combine harvester to run over zombies.

At one point during development, the Combine Harvester had a green body color, no step bars into the driver cab, and a less detailed combine head.
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At the train station in Los Santos, look up when standing at the mouth of the train tunnel to see a billboard that makes a reference to the game's competitor "True Crime: Streets of LA". The billboard says, "Get rid of old rubbish fast! True Grime: Street Cleaners". It can be found in other billboards around San Andreas too.
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When you find trash bins in Angel Pine, knock them over and use a camera or a sniper scope to see beta versions of GTA: Vice City maps in the garbage.
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When you enter Zero's shop, you can see action figures of Rockstar characters from GTA: Vice City and Manhunt. Also if you check out the RC section you'll notice the store has several model vehicles, some of them based on the vehicles of San Andreas.
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There are ghost cars found in Back O' Beyond. The vehicles are found damaged. They move without a driver and can possibly be driven.
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The mission "Saint Mark's Bistro" has CJ temporarily return to Liberty City in order to carry out a hit for Salvatore. Although the player cannot see much of it, a large part of Portland, Liberty City has been modelled, although not much of it is solid.

One can use cheat devices (or mods on the PC version) to reach Liberty City and have a look around, although having a jetpack is recommended.
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Cars will only spawn near the player. This causes a glitch where if CJ wanders around the countryside's forest, cars with no people inside will roll down the hills until they crash or lose momentum.
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There are a few referances to Vice City scattered throughout the state of San Andreas. First is the Tiki Theatre in East Los Santos, which has a large version of the tiki statue hidden packages from Vice City on its roof. The next referance is in Angel Pines. Knocking over some of the open trashbins in town will yield maps of Vice City scattered inside. The final referance is in Foster Valley. Approaching the windows of the buildings alongside the road in that area reveals a small, highly pixelated but still legible version of the box art for Vice City, repeated constantly across all of the windows.
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The Ganton Bridge in San Fierro has a few Easter Eggs scattered around it. At the right side of the entrance, a museum can be found that focuses on the bridge. It has a sign listing a few facts about the bridge. These facts include that the bridge has 11 textures and takes up 1.27 MB of disc space. Also at the museum is a sign that demonstrates "an actual piece of cable". Both of these signs, as well as the museum, are based on their real-life counterparts near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Fransisco.
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There is a show called "Area 53" on WCTR. One of the callers who goes by the name of 'Kevin' says that he can launch all the nuclear missiles in the world by just whistling into a phone. This is a reference to phone phreaker Kevin Mitnick, who was tried for computer hacking in the late 1990s. During the trial, the prosecutor claimed that Kevin was so dangerous that if given his one phone call in jail he could launch all the nuclear weapons in the United States. He was also sentenced to 18 months in prison, the same amount of time as the caller on the show.
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Ryder owns a brown Picador with a license plate which reads SHERM, referring to his addiction to sherm, a cigarette with marijuana mixed into the tobacco that has been immersed in PCP. During the mission 'Home Invasion,' Ryder can be seen frantically searching for the drug in his back yard, where he had previously buried his drugs, but can no longer find them. Throughout the game, CJ also continually calls Ryder 'sherm-head.'
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An Easter Egg can be found on the top of the southern suspension tower of the Gant Bridge in San Fierro - a sign that reads "There are no Easter Eggs up here. Go away." A parachute can also be obtained on top of the northern tower.
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Pier 69, located San Fierro, is clearly modeled and named after the San Francisco tourist attraction Pier 39. A prime example of Rockstar Games' satirical style, the name is also a parody of the 69 sexual position.
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Claude, the protagonist of GTA III, makes a cameo appearance in San Andreas as the contestant of an illegal racing ring. He becomes involved with Catalina, who had recently split up with Carl "CJ" Johnson. Following his loss to CJ, Claude leaves San Andreas with Catalina for Liberty City. Catalina later betrays Claude during a bank heist in the opening sequence of GTA III, thus setting off the events of the game.
The three cities in San Andreas, Los Santos, San Fiero, and Las Venturas, represent the real life cities of Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Las Vegas, respectively. All of the cities in San Andreas bear striking resemblance to their real-world counterparts (including rough street layout and district names) and contain numerous historic landmarks from each city. The name San Andreas itself is a reference to the San Andreas Fault, a continental fault line that runs through California.
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There is a fictional bar/motel called The Lil' Probe'Inn in San Andreas located north of Fort Carson. The Lil' Probe'Inn is actually a parody of the Little A'Le'Inn in Rachel, Nevada; the interior of the Probe'Inn matches the interior of the real life Little A'Le'Inn. Down the road from the Probe Inn is Area 69, a parody of Area 51.

The name Lil' Probe'Inn is spelled as deliberately as its namesake, the Lil' A'Le'Inn, whose name, when spoken with apostrophes, sounds like "Little Alien". Similarly, Lil' Probe'Inn sounds like "Little Probing", a double entendre indicating both sexual penetration and the infamous anal probes supposedly used on abductees by aliens.

Lil' Probe'Inn is additionally distinguished by a variety of photographs hung on its walls that seemingly depict flying saucers; a map of San Andreas with a number of marks is also found in its back room, likely a reference to UFO hunting.
In an OG Loc mission called Madd Dogg's Rhymes, one of Madd Dogg's bodyguards hints a reference to DRIV3R, saying "Tanner, you suck ass!"
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Diet and exercise affect the appearance of CJ. If CJ is too fat, any missions involving the jetpack will not start, as it would take a lot more power for him to be propelled and be difficult to balance.
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