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The Brainy Gamer: I'm your huckleberry
"Now, the cordial racist shopkeeper and I have a relationship. Every five days I return to Armadillo; he warmly greets me, and I kill him. I've even found ways to avoid tedium. Sometimes a single shot to the head does the trick; other times I lasso and hogtie him before letting him have it. If I've had an especially bad day on the range, I let him tell me about the Jews before plugging him multiple times in the piehole, courtesy of my Dead Eye slo-mo skill. Occasionally I even shoot up the store. I guess you could say I'm a loyal customer." And still the myth of Rockstar's "open-world" is punctured by rendering players impotent against things they - rather than their character - have a problem with.
antisemitism  games  freedom  freewill  reddeadredemption  rockstar 
may 2010 by infovore
Gamasutra: Rockstar Spouse's Blog - Wives of Rockstar San Diego employees have collected themselves
"To whomever it may concern, In response to the unfortunate circumstances, some wives of Rockstar San Diego employees have collected themselves to assert their concerns and announce a necessary rejoinder, in the form of an immediate action to ameliorate conditions of employees." Jesus. Once again: the games industry treats its staff appallingly. As the first commenter says: "It's a video game people. Find a way to make one without imposing unethical, illegal, and debilitating working conditions."
rockstar  rockstarsandiego  games  industry  humanrights  employment  unethical 
january 2010 by infovore
GTA IV: okay, here we go | Games | Guardian Unlimited
"This is an important game - ... important because it is so ambitious, so detailed, so confident in its originality and inventiveness. It would sort of be an act of cultural irresponsibility not to play it."
gta  gtaiv  games  play  rockstar  writing  article 
april 2008 by infovore

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