Garden State of Alderney: Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto in NJ
Gamer is not a word anyone would use to describe me unless they were talking about Words With Friends or Trivial Pursuit. Don’t get me wrong, I was much more of a video gamer in the ’80s and ’90s, when it didn’t take a master’s degree in engineering to advance to merely the 3rd level of a game. Even the open ended games where the player is free to explore his or her surroundings were lost me. In games like Grand Theft Auto, players can shoot at anything they want to, pick things up from the ground, or talk trash to a person passing them on the street. I prefer to have more of an agenda in my game playing.

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Although I’ve heard nothing but great feedback from friends about the Grand Theft Auto series, it never enticed me at all. It must be pretty awesome since several sequels have been churned out consistently since it’s debut in 1997. With GTA V slated for September 2013, let’s look back at GTA IV.¬†One of the coolest aspects of the game is that it features an independent state adjacent to Liberty City called Alderney, a.k.a New Jersey which you can read more about at these links: