Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Coney Pops Up In Another Video Game

The fourth installment of the popular video game Grand Theft Auto- which is slated to be released in April, by Rockstar Games- features thinly veiled Coney Island images, such as a Cyclone clone called the 'Screamer.' A screen shot from the game featuring the 'Screamer' has been posted to the Coney Island USA message board by user 'keithnoir.' Apparently, the southern Brooklyn backgrounds stem from the fact that the game's plot centers around that popular stock character, a Russian gangster.

Coney Island has featured in many video games lately, such as 'The Warriors,' the Second Life 'I Am Legend' tie in, and the forthcoming Major League Eating game. In a way, Coney Island and video games are a natural match: it's only fitting that a place designed for the masses to escape from reality has found its way into the contemporary vehicle for such escapism.

- post by Ben Nadler

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