|QUOTE (Wolfenhoffen @ Oct 23 2010, 14:05)|
|For crying out loud, try using your imagination! Sheeesh.|
Also, street gangs don't play that big of a role in the GTA series except in San Andreas.
GTA mainly focuses on organized crime. I never left out street gangs though, maybe you didn't notice the "etc" at the end of the sentence?
The map wasn't meant to be realistic either. An entirely flat terrain would be boring, which is why I included mountains. Having mountains allows for other activities like mountain biking, base jumping, 4x4 wheeling, etc. The swamp/bayou environment would allow for swamp boat racing, alligator hunting, and other swamp activities.
Damn man ever hear of constructive criticism?
Saying that GTA focuses only on organized crime is silly, just as saying that SA focused on gangs is silly. GTA focuses on a variety of criminal enterprises, not just one particular kind. If you would have played the other games, particularly III and IV, you would notice that a variety of criminal organizations is featured. Focusing on just the mob or just street gangs gets boring quickly.
I was also assuming that since you mentioned New Orleans, you'd know how incredibly dangerous some parts of the city are. New Orleans is notorious for having a high crime rate. Don't let the French Quarter or Mardi Gras fool you. That high murder rate didn't come from some mafia or some wealthy aristocrats.
Secondly, that map of Louisiana is as inaccurate as can be. If you plan on making a concept about a certain area, you need to try and actually base it on that area. If that particular area isn't varied enough, it's probably not the best for GTA, in which case, you need to consider a state or region. Louisiana is a great example of this, as it isn't the most varied or interesting place in the world.
@Rafe, Gangs in N.O. don't typically claim large gang alliance names like Blood or Crip. They're very local gangs, based usually around ghetto areas and projects. You're not going to find gang members walking around the French Quarter. Hence, if you don't live in an impoverished neighborhood, like an other American city, chances are, you won't find too many gangs or crime in general.
Now, I don't live anywhere near New Orleans, but I can agree with you in that NO is primarily flat. There aren't any mountains. The majority of the city is below sea level, and was (and for the surrounding areas, is), a swamp. That's just common sense.
Back at the topic starter, you really need to put more work into this if you want any respect. And dammit, do some research. I'm not being a prick or anything, I'm trying to help you.