Wednesday, April 05, 2006

There's some discussion on Rockstar and scalping in GUN at another blog, here. Josh and Tony discuss an issue with the Rockstar game, The Warriors, where the player gets points in one scene for kicking a prone woman, probably a corpse. Dave Beck, an art student, installed this scene to run repeatedly on a website as points counted up, primarily as a commentary on the violence. He put up a site showing the scene, but Rockstar lawyers got a cease and desist order. The site is gone now.

At another point Josh describes his attempt to use the knife he could get in GUN. He says,"Gun is actually pretty fun and in many ways a fairly well-designed title."

However, he is puzzled by the aspect of scalping: "One aspect, though, just seems odd. You can scalp people ... for just no good reason at all. When I first started the practice of scalping my kills, The Girl poked up from her book and asked about the noise. I told her I was scalping people. She asked if they had to scream when I did it and it turns out ... they do. You apparently can only scalp victims while they are still partially kicking. Which is obviously the meanest way to scalp just about anything. I defended my barbarism by saying that I thought you could trade scalps for money (thank god my Mom doesn't read this blog).

However, you can't. There's no purpose to scalping people other than just getting them to scream. At least in GTA, you're beating your hooker for cash. You can rob people. In Gun, there is no robbing. You can test the town's patience by attacking innocent people, but other than that ... it's cheating at cards or torture. A very odd spectrum to give to the player. Especially when those are the only two points in the spectrum."

3 comments:

Ta'pit Smith said...

Hi there came across your site doing some personal research. Actually there is still a law on the province of Nova Scotia's lawbooks from the late 1700's that promises a reward in English pounds for the return of Mikmaq scalps there is even a price difference for child, man and woman.

JN said...

Interesting! Thanks for the comments. I'll have to take a look at this. Any movement to get it tossed out?

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