Posted 17 October 2012 - 07:44 AM
I live in a town in the Mojave Desert. When people think desert, they think of emptiness. Sand, rock and mountain and five houses scattered throughout. This is more of a stereotype than anything else. We are about an hour from Los Angeles. You actually have to come through us to get to Las Vegas.
Landscape: Around here we have towns and small congested cities, rocky mountains to climb, the famous mojave river, the famous route 66 freeway, trains, shops, farms, dirt, bushes, and rocks, cactuses, flash floods, dust devils, bars, golf courses, and a country club, parks, schools, prisons, baseball/soccer/ football fields.
Wildlife: We have coyote's, bobcats ( had one attack my dogs about a month ago.) snakes (from gardener snakes to rattle snakes.), lizards, jackrabbits, pigeons, skunks, Owls, falcons, squirrels, Raccoons, mountain lions, Iguana's, roadrunners, Hummingbirds , Chuckwalla's, Desert Tortoise', Quail, Vultures, Golden Eagles, etc etc etc. There's a lot. Also, I frequently see residents riding horses on a daily basis.
Crime: Where I live, crime has become increasingly frequent since the mid 2000s. A lot of gangsters and thief's have moved here since the recession and housing bubble. What happened is, investors bought up houses and sold them for VERY cheap or rented them out. We also have a high security federal prison and a couple other low security prisons for people who commit theft, assault, or are busted for drugs. There are shootings, robberies, vehicle thefts and gang busts happening everyday now. Homeless people live out in the desert, or hide around in the ghettos. We are "protected" by the San Bernardino County sheriffs department. Just two days ago they found someone's body chopped up and burned on the side of a road, close to a high school. During the day hours, the gangsters roam the streets and shoot at people, the homeless stand at busy streets/fast food restaurants and hold signs asking for money, the illegals stand at one of our local baseball fields waiting for trucks to drive by and pick em up, and the thief's rob our banks. At night the criminals come out and burglarize folks houses, vandalize neighborhoods, steal cars and the hookers come out.
Activities: Most people where I live complain that there's nothing to do in the desert, but that's because they just want to complain. Our terrain makes it possible to dirt bike, quad ride, hike, bike, rock/mountain climb, and explore lakes and old mining caves. People camp out here too. One time, I was hiking with a buddy of mine, and on our way back we found a crevice in some rock. We went down in it, and low and behold, a bunch of hay tied together to make a bed, and a bunch of other junk. A few minutes our of there and we encountered a strange homeless man. He didn't threaten us or anything, but homeless people are naturally VERY territorial, so we were lucky. Could make for some cool GTA encounters. We also have some very long, open roads to cruise on. Could make for some fun motorcycle/car races. Believe it or not, there IS a lot of traffic on our high ways and on some of streets.
We have a lot to offer in terms of GTA gameplay and geography, but with that being said, I don't even think GTAV will have a desert, but a forest.