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I felt Cole Phelps is an extremely important and interesting character in the game as he is the main character and he is a very good policeofficer. I feel he is a very likeable character and has a very charming personality. He is cool calm and collected when called upon in action. There are many flashbacks of phelps life which gives an exciting insight into his his current lifestyle.
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Cole Phelps- Cole is the main character and is the character who the player follows. He is a member of the LA Police Department. He is a detective of the ranks, therefore he acts to members of the public and plays-the-books. Hence why he occasionally creates issues between other professional partners.
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L.A. Noire was set back in America in the 1940′s which is much different to today in america as the attitudes about different topics have dramatically changed. The game relates exactly to the life that people lived back in Americain the 1940′s as women were seen as less important to men at that time, this is portrayed in the way the game is made. You could link L.A. Noire to other texts due to the similiarities to other media types such as Grand Theft Auto, as they both share the crime genre and well as the detective side.

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3. Putting on your academic literature student hat now, can you suggest any academic concepts / analytical approaches from your studies that would be useful for putting L.A Noire into any particular categories? Are there any obvious theoretical ways of describing L.A Noire that would link it to other ‘texts’?
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Both the characters i have described have simlaritites to police detectives seen on screens today,as well as in novels and plays. TV programmes such as The Wire, Life on mars and Ashes to Ashes which i have watched in Media lessons all contain police dectives with similiar characteristics to the Cole Phelps and Rusty Galloway. The main character Sam from Life on Mars is rather similar to Cole Phelps as he takes a lot of pride with what he does with police work. Rusty Galloway reminds me of Jimmy McNulty from “The Wire” s both of these characters are arrogant to other detectives as well as been heavy drinkers but maintain a good interest and keen interest into the work they do.

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Cole Phelps:

Cole is the main character in L.A. Noire, he is a former member of the United States Marine Corps who later returned from the war as a hero and joined the Los Angeles Police Department soon after. He came up through the ranks to become a Police detective and is very professional in every mission,he prefers to play it by-the-books rather than cutting corners, this creates issues between him and his more laid back partners he works with. He has a clear understanding and knowledge and completes his jobs and cases to the best of his ability, he seems keen and eager about his work.
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1. How far would you say you try and inhabit the ‘character’ you’re ‘playing’?

I think that in LA Noire, you have to try and inhabit the character in order to try and solve the cases. Whilst playing the game i try to inhabit the character i am playing as it makes it feel more realistic and makes me feel as though im actually helping characters within the game itself. Being given decisions to make during the dialogue sequences also adds to the experience by letting you as the player determine the course of the game.

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Because the game is set in the 1940′s, there is a certain stereotypical way in which the women are shown. In the 1940′s women and men did not share the same rights, for example women were payed a lot less than men. In LA Noire, women are portrayed as being very emotional and unintelligent LA Noire shows this through the various women you meet during the cases. For starters there are a fair few cases in which the victim is a woman, showing how the men had the majority of the power at the time. When there are women giving statements and during interviews, they come across as less intelligent then the men.

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Ok, here are the final questions. This time you have a choice, so please post a response to one of these two by midnight on Monday April 30th:

 

Either: Film noir’s portrayal of the “femme fatale” supports the existing social order by building up a powerful, independent woman, only to punish her.
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1. L.A Noire represents gender in a way that will be not be familiar to someone from modern times with no prior knowlegde to the 40s and how women were treated. In this sense it may be uncomfortable and also at the same time educational for the player to experience such a drastic difference in equality which has occured over the small period of time of 70 years. In the time period of L.A Noire mysogeny is a common thing where women had no equal rights and therefore are treated in some cases quite badly by a dominant male in the relationship. It could be said that this representation of men and women is very stereotypical although it I would say it is accurate for the time.
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