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Rockstar Games Gets Literary with “L.A. Noire” Short Story Anthology

Rockstar Games Gets Literary with “L.A. Noire” Short Story Anthology (photo)

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In the latest cross-cultural move that seems to just make sense, Rockstar Games announced that their upcoming crime thriller “L.A. Noire” will tie into a collection of short stories. Published by Little, Brown and Company, “L.A. Noire: The Collected Stories” brings together literary luminaries to deliver lurid tales about sex, crime and skullduggery in the City of Angeles after the Second World War. The contributors list is a real murderers’ row of crime writers: Megan Abbott, Lawrence Block, Joe Lansdale, Joyce Carol Oates, Francine Prose, Jonathan Santlofer, Duane Swierczynski and Andrew Vachss. Some of the eight stories will connect directly to characters you meet throughout the course of the game. From the press release:

“L.A. Noire draws on a rich history of not just film, but also great crime literature for inspiration,” said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games. “Using the game’s world as a springboard, we worked with the genre’s best writers to create stories that lived up to the finest traditions of crime fiction.”

“We are thrilled to be embarking on a creative partnership with the team at Rockstar Games,” said Michael Pietsch, Publisher of Little, Brown and Company. “The possibilities for cross-promotions of this nature, encouraging gamers to read and readers to play games are huge. We’re looking forward to a new frontier of book publishing possibilities and see Rockstar as an ideal partner.”

The Rockstar collective have always been rather assured storytellers, ones who care about tone and detail as much as game mechanics. In “L.A. Noire,” the publisher’s crafting something a little different: a game that’s meant to be watched as much as played and, in terms of how it approaches the audience, maybe their most mature offering yet. Brendan McNamara–who heads up Team Bondi, the Australian dev studio making the game–has said previously that the work of hardboiled maestros Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler and James M. Cain served as touchstones for “L.A. Noire.” With its visual style cues and recent showing at the Tribeca Film Festival, “L.A. Noire tipped its fedora at the influence of film. It’s fitting, then, that the “Collected Stories” anthology will reflect noir’s literary legacy.

In keeping with new-media fashion, “L.A. Noire: The Collected Stories” will be available on June 6th from eBook retailers like Amazon and Apple. You can read an excerpt from one of the stories at Rockstar’s official website.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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