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Pre-reading: Grand Theft Auto IV: Liberty City Guidebook

  • What is a guidebook?
  • What do you expect from this genre?
  • What kind of information would you be likely to find?
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Words in context

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Collocations

Certain words and phrases tend to combine in English. Learning these word partners will expand your vocabulary and add to your fluency.

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Rockstar Games: Grand Theft Auto IV: Liberty City Guidebook

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With more sights, shows, restaurants, bars, museums, shopping and borderline psychopaths than you can shake a shotgun at, there is no place quite like Liberty City. Where else can you get sworn at by a senior citizen, accosted by a crackhead, propositioned by a prostitute and strip-searched by a police officer all before breakfast?

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Discover the history, culture and diversity that make this booming metropolis the capital of the world, at least according to the over-
caffeinated locals. We encourage you to explore Liberty City’s four boroughs and its islands, each with its own distinct atmosphere and personality. You will soon see for yourself that there is truly something for everyone. There is also Liberty City’s ugly sister Alderney… if you care.

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Survival information

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Locals

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Liberty City’s residents are known for their take-no-crap attitude. The best way to blend in is to walk quickly and look pissed off. Make eye contact at your own peril.

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Valuables
Keep essential valuables like your mobile phone with you at all times. Your mobile phone holds all of your contacts and lets you access some important features throughout Liberty City. lt’s also perfect for drunk-dialling your ex at 4am.

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Crime
Don’t be fooled by the glitz and glamour of Algonquin’s bright lights and skyscrapers – organized crime, corruption and street gangs remain rife in all of Liberty City’s boroughs. Familiarize yourself with the head butt… or the Bohan kiss as it is more commonly known.

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Police
This is the city where anything goes, so long as you don’t get caught. There has been a crackdown on crime in recent years and the police are everywhere in Liberty City these days. Keep your eye on the rear-view mirror and your foot on the accelerator.

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lnternet
The lnternet isn’t just for porn, advertising and identity theft anymore. You can also find love, or at least a desperate stranger prepared to sleep with you on the first date. Log on and surf the Net at any of the tw@ internet cafes around Liberty City.

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Radio
Loud stereos impress people, especially girls. Always listen to the radio at full blast and keep an ear out for the real-time news updates. lf you happen to hear a song that reminds you of your first arrest, call ZIT at 948-555-0100 and they’ll track it down for you.

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G.P.S.
G.P.S. was invented because real men do not ask for directions. Now you can get automatically re-routed when you handbrake past that last turn at 150 mph.

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Nutrition
You will need some sustenance once in a while to keep your health up. Put your digestive tract through its paces at one of the many street vendors and fast food joints in Liberty City. A free knuckle sandwich comes with any complaints.

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Multiplayer
For those times when running around Liberty City gets lonely, your friends are at your fingertips. Just pull up your mobile phone and select Multiplayer from the menu so you and your friends can cause havoc together. You can work in groups to take down some crooks, tackle co-op style missions or simply go after anything that moves, all throughout Liberty City.

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Sightseeing

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So many things to see and people to do – deciding where to go can be a daunting task in Libefty City. From Middle Park to Star Junction to Firefly lsland, this vibrant city is jam-packed with famous sights and landmarks. lt will take you weeks to even scratch the surface. Weazel News will tell you that the only people interested in Liberty City’s historic buildings these days are democracy-hating terrorists but the Triangle Building, Grand Easton Terminal, Civic Citadel and Rotterdam Tower are pieces of classic architecture not to be missed. Liberty City also boasts some of the best shopping in the world so leave some time and room on your credit card to pick up a designer suit or semi-automatic weapon.

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Statue Of Happiness
Happiness Island off Lower Algonquin.
A gift from the French at the end of the 19th century, this iconic landmark evokes a bittersweet mix of patriotism and xenophobia.

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Star Junction
Burlesque and Kunzite Street – Algonquin
Where the bright lights of Capitalism blink 24 hours a day. A great place to go if you like advertising.

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Alderney State Correctional Facility
Grenadier Street – Acter Industrial Park, Alderney
Where men who “didn’t do it” discover what they are prepared to do when deprived of female contact.

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National Union of Contemporary Arts (NUCA)
Dukes Boulevard at Bunker Hill Avenue – East Island City, Dukes
What makes one man on the corner of the street a ranting acid casualty and another a performance artist? Normally just some body paint. Visit NUCA and find your place in the artistic spectrum.

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The Screamer
Funland off Crockett Avenue – Hove Beach, Broker
Too bad you can’t ride the Screamer, because what could be more fun than riding a 100-year old rollercoaster made of wood?

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Entertainment

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Like President Lawton’s foreign policy, Liberty City’s nightlife is always changing and people come from all over the world to experience an unparalleled range of entertainment options. From strip clubs to comedy clubs, the city offers exactly what you supposedly weren’t looking for. Explore each of the boroughsunique attractions and remember: what happens in Liberty City stays in Liberty City… until your friends post the photos on their MyRoom page the following morning.

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Perestroika
Tulsa Street, between Mohawk Avenue and Oneida Avenue-Hove Beach, Broker.
Travel back to a time when sawing a woman in half was still considered entertainment atthis popular Russian cabaret club.

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Memory Lanes
Located on the seafront in Firefly lsland – Broker
Exercise doesn’t have to involve breaking a sweat and that’s why Americans love bowling. Go for that tricky 6-9 split secure in the knowledge that you are playing a sport.

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Honkers
Tinderbox Avenue between Phalanx Road and Julin Avenue-Tudor, Alderney.
Dry humping might be free on the subway, but there is no better way to unwind at the end of a hard day than a lap dance.

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Split Sides
Frankfort Avenue at Jade Street – Star Junction, Algonquin.
Not just the usual bunch of middle-aged manic depressives telling racist jokes, this famous comedy club also showcases some big-name celebrity guests.

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Restaurants

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From fast food outlets to swanky restaurants, Liberty City offers something for every diner. You can spend 100 watching cokedup models push salad around a plate or10 watching a high-school dropout wipe his nose with your burger bun; the choice is yours. For the more gastrointestinally-adventurous, Liberty City’s world-famous street meat is certainly worth a try. You don’t have to be drunk, but it helps with the heartburn. Explore all of the neighbourhoods and their local flavours to find your favourite spot.

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Al Dente’s
Albany Avenue at Calcium Street – Fishmarket South, Algonquin.
Heavily processed food, deep-frozen in huge warehouses, just like mama never used to make it.

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Drusilla’s
Denver Avenue, between Emerald Street and Feldspar Street – Little ltaly, Algonquin.
The traditions of ltaly live on at this establishment; just don’t make any mafia jokes.

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Superstar Café
Bismarck Avenue, between Ruby Street and Quartz Street – Lancaster, Algonquin.

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A winning barRestaurant formula combining the Brits’ love of bad food and the Americans’ love of themed merchandise.

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69TH Street Diner
Bart Street at Mohawk Avenue – Hove Beach, Broker.
The pie here will warm anyone’s cold heart. Stop in for classic diner fare as you wonder why it’s on Bart Street.

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Task 4.2.1

Study questions

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Welcome

  • At what point do you realize that you are not reading about a real city? Which words or phrases have that effect?
  • Which city do you think Liberty City is supposed to remind us of?
  • You must be able to argue for your guess by using examples from the text.

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Survival information

  • Read the Survival Information: what kind of image is presented of the city? Which values dominate?
  • What type of person would enjoy this game? Try to identify the target audience.
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Places

  • Statue of Happiness and Star Junction – which famous attractions are these places supposed to remind us of?
  • Based on the descriptions of the sights, do you think the guidebook is serious or playful?
  • What might that tell us about the game as such?
  • Find other examples of either seriousness or playfulness in the guides to clubs, theatres and restaurants.
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Puns

Explain these puns

  • “We are breast in town”
  • Pisswasser
  • the radio station TW@
  • Find further puns in the text and explain them.
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Language

  • How would you describe the language that is used in the guidebook? Is it formal, informal or neutral? You should be able to use examples from the text.
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Talk about it

  • Does the guidebook make you want to play the game? You must be able to argue for your views.
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Video: T. L. Taylor on the success of GTA

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Glossary

borderline

l mestsum

sworn at

s banna niðuryvir

senior citizen

n pensionistur

proposition

[proposi’tion] s seta fram (ónæriligt) tilboð

diversity

[di’versity] n fjølbroytni

capital

n høvuðsstaður

according

[ac’cording] h sambært

encourage

[en’courage] s eggja

explore

[ex’plore] s kanna

borough

n býarpartur (við egnum býarstýri)

distinct

[di’stinct] l serligur

resident

n íbúgvi

take-no-crap attitude

at tey ikki finna seg í øllum

blend in

s tillaga seg umhvørvið

valuables

n virðislutir

access

s fáa atgongd til

feature

n funka

glitz and glamour

n skreyt og skrúð

rife

l útbreiddur, vanligur

familiarize

[fa’miliarize] s gera kunnugan

head butt

s skalla

crackdown

n (her) átak

recent

l (her) seinastu

accelerator

[ac’celerator] n spidari

prepared

[pre’pared] l fúsur

stereo

n stereoanlegg

impress

[im’press] s hugtaka

track it down

s finna

nutrition

[nu’trition] n føðsla

digestive tract

[di’gestive tract] n sodningarleið

street vendor

n gøtuseljari

joint

n sølustað

knuckle sandwich

n knýttur nevi frammaná

complaint

[com’plaint] n klaga

havoc

n oyðing

crook

n brotsmaður

co-op

samstarv

daunting

l ræðandi

vibrant

lívligur

jam-packed

s á tremur

boast

s kann breggja sær av

iconic

[i’conic] l ímyndaligur

evoke

[e’voke] s vekja

patriotism

fosturlandskærleika

xenophobia

[xeno’phobia] n fremmandahatur

junction

n vegamót

correctional facility

[cor’rectional fa’cility] n fongsul

deprived

[de’prived] l kenna sakn av

ranting acid casualty

møsnandi sýru (lsd) offur

artistic spectrum

[ar’tistic spectrum] litstarligt litrað, listarligur heimur

rollercoaster

n russjibani, glíðibreyt

experience

[ex’perience] vb uppliva

unparalleled

[un’paralleled] l makaleysur, sum ikki hevur sín javnlíka

range

n úrval

unique

[u’nique] l serligur

breaking a sweat

sveitta

dry humping

n látast at hava samlega ílatin

unwind

[un’wind] s slappa av

heartburn

n bróstsviði

processed food

(ídnaðar) viðgjørdur matur

establishment

[e’stablishment] n fyritøka

themed merchandise

fylgivørur (til filmar o.a.)

fare

n matur

metropolis

n stórbýur

at your own peril

vága tær ikki

split

n klovning (hugtak frá bowling)

lap dance

eitt slag av stripp dansi

swanky

l dýrur

ISBN: 9788761657954. © Rithøvundarnir, Systime A/S og Nám 2011