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Part 2 of the economics guide is up on ign


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The Economics of GTA: Vice City, Pt. 2

What drives the characters in Rockstar's game? Part 2 of 3.


October 24, 2002 -There's little doubt about it. In Grand Theft Auto 3, the primary driving forces behind the game were plain to see: Ribald revenge, power and greed all play equal parts in your drive to the top. Rockstar Games is so addicted to the continued evolution of these ideas in its series (GTA 1 and GTA 2 didn't sway from these topics either, by the way), Grand Theft Auto: Vice City brings new spices to the mix.


But what kind of spin can we expect? What do the transparent, fast-paced, lawless '80s add to the mix besides Blondie, cocaine money and big hair? What corrupt tangle of human power mongering can we expect to see played out in polygonal form? Today we take a deep look at the characters -- the players -- that make things happen in part two of this three-part series.


Ken Rosenberg




Ken Rosenberg is a neurotic lawyer with a high-pitched voice who has a recent history of working with the mob. His morals aren't high either as he is suspected of cheating on his law school exams. It was street smarts over brains that got him where he is, as he is believed to have employed heavies on numerous occasions to intimidate and corrupt juries. Even with these intimidations he has had a very poor success rate in trials. His "Blue chip" clients include Georgio Forelli, cousin of Liberty City crime boss, Sonny Forelli. Rosenberg is always desperate for money and willing to think of any scheme possible to get it, so long as it isn't his neck out on the line.


Lance Vance




Lance is a smooth talking, sharp suit wearing man with many questions. He is new to Vice City and little is known about him. What is known is that he has previously been trained as a helicopter pilot. His behavior is anything but appropriate as he has been heard mouthing off in a lot of nightclubs in the short time he has been in Vice City. It is possible that some emotional insecurity makes him aggressive and needy when he drinks.


Steve Scott



Steve Scott is a film director who has been spotted at various parties where organized crime deals are done. Scott is a seedy man thought to be seeking any money he can to finance his films. He shows an unnatural obsession with sharks and mountains of mashed potatoes.


Ricardo Diaz




Diaz is as shady as they come in Vice City. He bribed the INS for his Green card back in 1978. He entered the country from Colombia and is considered extremely dangerous.

Contacts in Colombia believe he is a major player in the narcotics industry and anti-government activity. Diaz saves face from the public by making large donations to charity and is an extremely popular philanthropist. He gives to various Ricardo Diaz foundations across Vice City and Central and South America, all of which are believed to be a front.


Diaz is extremely short and is believed to suffer from a Napoleon complex. Medical records show he has over-active glands and sweats more than is socially acceptable. After a failed hair transplant in 1983, the doctor was later found dead in a swamp area due east of city. The murder has since been unsolved.


Diaz is a gun collector and is always armed. He has a private army/militia and is heavily guarded at all times. A long-running battle for control of narcotics business in Vice City has suggested that he has bribed police and officials within the town. Diaz keeps the city under control as he is feared due to his reputation for unpredictable behavior. He is currently thought to be responsible for 18 murders.


Check back tomorrow for even more on this very topic cause we have a nice surprise for you.




-- Douglass C. Perry

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