1947, when cops used pay phones
1947, when cops used pay phones

L.A. Noire Gets a SoCal Historian's Perspective

In the LA Weekly print edition that hits newsstands today, the video game L.A. Noire gets an examination from from Norman M. Klein, a professor at CalArts and an urban and media historian who wrote the book The History of Forgetting: Los Angeles and the Erasure of Memory.

He finds relevance in the game, writing:

The story speaks to our mad condition in 2011. We learn that video is an apparatus that also can lie. Holes and distractions begin to pile up — a gag about games where all the pieces fit. Then we get a real estate conspiracy in 1947 that foreshadows risk capitalism in our day.

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Still, the game's story is based on our collective memory of the time period, rather than an accurate picture:

Instead of the ultraspecific 1947, the game is a conflation of many eras, as if a thousand real estate schemes and racist policies were made into a soup.

Check out the full article here: "L.A. Noire: Perspectives From a SoCal Historian"


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