Fri. Aug 12th, 2022

I do not remember exactly when I noticed it, but one day I looked at the PS2 cases after Grand Theft Auto Vice City and San Andreas and spotted a funny resemblance: they both had a helicopter at the top left. Then I checked GTA III‘s case and it also had the same. Then I looked at others GTA video games and realized that it really is to place a heli in the upper left corner thing.

It all started back on the cover of GTA III. In the upper left hand of the collage of photos that make up the cover, you can see a police helicopter. Then another police heli shows up at the same place Vice City’s iconic PS2 cover. And then after that, almost every GTA coverage includes a helicopter same place.

The only exceptions to this rule are mostly weird gates, which GTA Advance and the weird international covers GTA III sported back in the day. The only real oddball is GTA got Chinatown, which uses the same cover design as all the main ones GTA games, but does not include a helicopter for any reason.

Photo: Rockstar GamesPhoto: Rockstar Games

Another trend that Rockstar does not follow as much as heli is the placement of a motorcycle in the upper, right corner of many GTA covers. This is a cooler, lesser known trend, like only us GTA hipsters know about. And now I think everyone too …

I’m not the first to notice this. But like the classic Grand Theft Auto games are currently trending thanks to the latest remaster news, I started talking about random bits of trivia and lore with people I know. It was then that I learned that many people did not know about the odd helicopter Easter egg that Rockstar loves, including on every GTA cover over. When I first pointed it out, of course, people would ask me why, and I do not have a good answer to that.

Maybe it’s one of those things that started by accident. You know, someone put a heli in the same place twice in a row, and someone decided to continue it until the next one. And then an accident became a tradition. A strange tradition, but one that probably has no fateful conspiracies about it online. Yet.

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