Is this real life? Someone forgot to ask that question before using a screenshot from Grand Theft Auto V as if it was a photo of the real city of Los Angeles instead of its analogous fictional city of Los Santos.
Reddit user Doupler noticed that a prominent hotel in Los Angeles, the Hotel Figueroa, had a shot from Rockstar’s massively successful game in a spot meant to highlight the various districts of the city on their official website. It’s since been replaced, but Eurogamer managed to capture the shot above.
It was likely just a mistake from someone searching for pictures of Los Angeles and not checking sources, but it makes a certain weird kind of sense. The hotel’s southern wall is frequently used to advertise games, including Grand Theft Auto V itself. The location appears in the game under the name Hookah Palace – one of the many Los Angeles landmarks lovingly reproduced by Rockstar’s team. Additionally, the hotel has often been a hangout for games press during E3.
In other words, there’s no shortage of gaming and Grand Theft Auto-specific connections for the place.
It’s a pretty amazing testament to just how good of a job the developer did reproducing the huge city – even the locals can’t always tell the difference.