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Blowing Up the Big Apple

The indispensable BLDG BLOG has an essay exploring why video game designers keep dropping their anti-heroes into virtual New York Citys. Here's the benefit of all that digital bloodshed: "As the complexity of games increases, it seems that we are speeding towards a completionist model of the city—one that whirs and hums and yells like the real thing. As the models made by game studios march toward reality, they march towards Manhattan." So the next time you butcher a hooker in Grand Theft Auto, remember: Progress! [BLDG BLOG]