You're looking at a screenshot of my very own neighborhood in Spanish Harlem, New York City. This is "La Calle 116," and it's hoppin' in the summer. This time of year, the streets become so crowded that a fifteen-minute trip to the grocery store stretches to half an hour, owing to the crowds one has to wade through. The music is loud, the police are everywhere, and there's inevitably (further up in Harlem, usually) some kind of violence. Generally, my little ghetto is surprisingly safe, relative to other let's-call-them "low-income urban" city areas, but the more people you cram into one place, the more likely it is that crime will occur there.
Lifelike and freeform -- GTA's got everything you need for self-directed, often accidental cinematic moments. I'll explain what I mean (and share an example) right after the jump!
I think GTA IV gets a real bum rap in the media. Sure, there's Hot Coffee; OK, we get that. But revisiting the game this weekend, I also realized it's a story of filial devotion with a strong anti-drug message. The "sandbox" genre in general has enormous potential for all-out delightful happy accidents in moments of cinema so pure they'd be comfortable on the big screen; maybe you find Tommy Vercetti standing on a bridge at sunset, exactly at a plot point where it'd make sense for him to ponder his fate. Or ol' CJ returns to Ganton to find his beloved BMX is still right in his Moms's garage where he left it. Keepin' it real.
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