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Real Journalism Takes on Fake City

GTA has always been more of a New York Post sort of game, but today David Itzkoff, a 'real writer' who works for the New York Times, attempts to take on some of the deeper aspects of immersive gameworld design in his review of GTA IV's Liberty City... without revealing too much of his East Coast Liberal Media XBox Elite bias. Itzkoff, who usually reviews books and movies for the Times, has put together a deep and readable article here, especially for non-gamers. It's much more interesting and refreshing to see a treatment like this than yet another press-release driven 'review'. While his ivory tower does glimmer a bit from time to time (Who else but New Yorkers could possibly understand or appreciate this, he explains matter of factly), it's never blinding, and he does give this shiny blinky 'videogame' a serious treatment, and we always welcome that: too much public discourse about GTA is trapped in a sort of "oh but it will corrupt our children!" loop. In an aside, and perhaps accidentally, he even reveals what might be a hidden GTA IV cheat. More on that later.

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Update 5/7/2008


 

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Tasty Tidbits: Real World Dining

Ed Levine, the food critic who writes for Serious Eats, has some tasty first impressions of the real NYC foody locations that inspired some of Liberty's restaurant architecture.

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Update 5/5/2008


 

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PS3 vs XBox 360: GTA Showdown

Over at the glorious Kotaku, Michael McWhertor takes on a question that hasn't been addressed much yet: specifically, which next generation platform got the better version of the year's biggest game? The answers are mixed.

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Update 5/5/2008


 

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Doing The Pigeon(s)

GTA III had hidden packages to collect, lovely little duct-taped blocks of mysterious white powder. GTA IV takes a higher-concept (and more realistic) approach, with 200 nasty pigeons to exterminate around (New) Liberty City. If you manage to wipe all all 200 (whew) you'll be rewarded with a nice, shiny and always-available Annihilator helicopter. (Hmmm... that's not very original. Isn't that what we got last time, too?) Anyway, thanks to www.whattheydonotwantyoutoknow.com, here are two lovely maps to help you find the dirty birds.

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Update 5/4/2008


 

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Control Freaks

The GTA series of games has always been blessed with rock solid driving controls. They've become such a standard, in fact, that most players assume they'll have the same push-button accelerator and shoulder-button handbrake, even in non-Rockstar games. SO for GTA IV, Rockstar, in their infinite wisdom, decided to CHANGE THESE PERFECT CONTROLS.

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Update 5/4/2008


 

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The Entire (Virtual) Internet

One of the biggest areas in which GTA IV expands on what came before is the Internet. No, not the online multiplayer games, but the in-game Internet that your character uses. It's a story element in various missions, as well as a resource and a source of deep background info, tips and secrets.

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Update 5/4/2008


 

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SIXAXIS Control Works in GTA IV!

Despite many 'scoops' to the contrary, the PlayStation 3 version of GTA IV does indeed feature special, unique SIXAXIS controls for many, many parts of the game. There is even a special tutorial chapter available to teach you how to play by throwing your controller around in the air.

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Update 5/2/2008


 

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Nice Hat, Niko!

Rockstar is very good at adding cute touches and ALMOST getting them right. In the same way that the $200 jillion company can't ever seem to find a closed-caption writer who can spell, they come THIS CLOSE to nailing a great touch on GTA IV's motorcycles.

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Update 5/1/2008


 

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It's ON!

The plastic's been cracked. The pizza has been ordered. The TV is turning on with a satisfying fizz-pop and the sofa is in for a long night. t's time to sit down with Grand Theft Auto IV for the very first time. After all this time, all this waiting, and all these glorious rumors, what's it really like? Two words: freakin' awesome. (More Soon.)

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Update 5/2/2008


 

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Almost Ready to Pop

Twenty four hours until the wraps come off on what's certain to be the biggest videogame of the year.

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Update 4/28/2008


 

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It's Big. It's Coming. It Will Drink Your Milkshake.

There is only one week left until GTAIV hits the shelves, and there's nothing but drooling anticipation all over the interweb. Since we've been too busy giving GTA Confidential its GTA IV facelift, we'll leave the heavy lifting to the rest of the internet...

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Update 4/21/2008



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