|Photo by Danny Gallagher with images courtesy of Google Maps and Rockstar Games|
Demigods and politicians have often used games like the Grand Theft Auto titles as surefire signs of the nation's moral decay and scapegoats for much bigger problems that require actual work on their part, a theory that's proving more true today as certain members of the U.S. House and Senate work hard to fight the never ending battle to not have to work.
Rockstar Games' signature series is a line of open world masterpieces based on real metropolises that serve as deep, immersive ways to tell stories about flawed characters, serious subjects and the consequences that actions create that have been told since before the days of the silent movie. Fictional towns like "Liberty City" and "Los Santos" are built from the ground up based on the blueprints from real world cities like New York and Los Angeles from their most iconic landmarks to the diverse layout of their communities and neighborhoods. The city itself becomes the game's biggest and most vibrant character that can go from beautiful and majestic to ugly and uncaring the way all major cities can whether their tourism board prints it in their travel brochures or not.
Now that Rockstar has hit up two of the country's biggest and most iconic cities, they are going to need to break new ground for Grand Theft Auto VI. Chances are Chambers of Commerce aren't going to start putting together a welcome package to convince Rockstar to move to their town unless Scranton gets desperate enough to get back into the spotlight after The Office went off the air. Still, the game makers are bound to move to the South eventually and if they do, Dallas/Fort Worth would make a fine fictional setting for the franchise just like it did for movies like North Dallas Forty, Talk Radio and the upcoming Dallas Buyers Club and the classic TV show Dallas. Here's why. More »