L.A. Noire

 By Shamus Sep 27, 2006 4 comments

Lileks today:

I wish I had time to play more games, because there are a few I’d like to see. This one appears to be a GTA-style world set in 1949 LA; you’re a weary shamus, of course. (The other options were the hard-bitten romantic shamus, as with Marlowe, or the flippant oh-dear-a-gun-again-how-droll shamus as with Richard Diamond, a radio character played by Dick Powell.

My question is: Is the main character actually named Shamus? Because then I would totally buy a Playstation 3 so I could get this game.

My other question is: Since when do we put an “e” on the end of Noir?

4Four comments. Fantastic.


  1. BeckoningChasm says:

    …so it can be the caring, feminine, in-touch-with-its-feelings version of noir?

    :-)

  2. MOM says:

    The term shamus as a detective was once very obscure but is now, it seems to me, replacing the “private eye” or “dick” or “sleuth” of decades past.

    I doubt if Richard Diamond was ever referred to as a shamus but as that was before my time (slightly) and I have not studied the matter, I could be wrong. Will your name become but a slang word? Maybe it will become slang meaning geeky blogger.

    I always thought you were misspelling noir when you left off the e but checking my dictionary I see you have it right. It is short for the french term Roman noir, meaning black novel. Wonder why I thought it had that e.

  3. Alex says:

    They use “Shamus” as an insult in Brick, against the guy who fancies himself a detective.

    Anyway, LA Noire is Australian. Hurrah for that!

  4. Rosseloh says:

    I must say I find this somewhat interesting: that four years after the post, this game hasn’t been released yet. I was like, “hmm, how did I miss that one? I love noir!” and then I followed the Gamespot link and discovered that it’s not due out until Q1, 2011.

    I shall now hesitantly follow the production of this game, and hope for the best. Fortunately Rockstar is pretty solid.

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