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Rusty Galloway – I haven’t fully completed the part of the game with Rusty as your partner, but he is by far the most interesting character I have encountered in the game, in fact he makes me wish we could play his character instead. His attitude to police work contrasts greatly with Phelps’, Phelps wants to ensure that justice is restored in LA, whilst Rusty seems to want to put anyone remotely suspicious behind bars. This is highlighted by Rusty’s dismissal of Occam’s Razor in female murder cases, in favour of ‘Rusty’s Razor’ whereby, “you blame the guy who’s banging her.” Rusty also has characteristics that irritate Phelps, such as his tendency to drink on the job, and his ‘bad-cop’ style of policing; for instance he enters the house of a suspect and shouts, “LAPD Motherfucker!” with his gun drawn.

Rusty reminds me of the drunken cops who are partners in the first series of ‘The Wire’, although he is more motivated than them.

The Coroner – The coroner interests me because he is so dutiful with his work. He has an answer for any question, and if he doesn’t, he has a way of finding it out. As he provides substantial evidence for each case, he has a vast overall knowledge of the murders in LA and expresses frustration when his suggestion that the murders may be linked is dismissed, mainly because that would mean more police work. Also his ability to be unaffected by the horrific nature of murder that he is faced with daily is interesting, especially as he reveals he has been a coroner for over 20 years. It is hard, and amusing, to imagine the coroner in a different setting, such as at a swanky LA party.

 

So far LA Noire reminds me of ‘The Wire’. Obviously the police element is a big link, but I think the way that the game makes you constantly question the morality of all the characters is very similar to the way characters are portrayed in ‘The Wire’. It is impossible to say that any character is good or bad, and the investigatory nature of the game emphasises the need to question each character’s morality. Also, in the same way that ‘The Wire’ situates you in Baltimore and gives you a real sense of daily life in the city, LA Noire immerses you in 1940′s LA. Having an actual job, being able to interact with many different people, and explore the city in great depth creates a sense of belonging to the community.

 

In terms of analytical approaches, so far it has occurred to me that the game can be viewed from a feminist perspective. It sheds light on the attitudes of 40′s America. I have seen no women so far in the police station, and there has been a prevailing theme of men overpowering women, for example I have yet to investigate the death of a man where the suspect is a woman.

Nick

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  1. RHealy / Mar 18th, 2012 20:28 Quote

    I also found the character of Malcolm Carruthers (The Coroner) to be of particular interest. Within the game, Rusty Galloway sums up the coroner’s nature. He points out that Carruthers “likes to make work for people”. One could argue that this is a result of his intelligence and experience (23 years) within his particular field of work. ‘Mal’ comes across as a straight to the point type of character who focuses on getting the job done properly. He is a useful character whose analysis of dead bodies can change the entire way in which the case is viewed.

  2. M.Lockheart / Apr 12th, 2012 11:43 Quote

    I agree Rusty is quite an interesting character. In my opinion his personality and attitude towards women epitomises the root of the thinking and building marginalisation between women and men in the game. His indifferent way of objectifying women is the perfect example of this. I agree men have overpowered women in this game so far however women do play a role in the police station. Although I think I know why you may not have noticed them, because they play a rather covert and unimportant role of sitting at a desk and playing secretary for the men. Also when you make a call to get some information you may have noticed the call operator is a woman; these seem like rather small and insignificant roles. Although they do seem to be roles that keep the men organised and in order. Therefore women seem to add structure to the working environment so essentially men and law would not function without the influence however small it may be, of women.

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