A Better Way to Learn English from the Video Game
正逢Steam的夏季促销，我入正了《黑色洛城》，第一部在纽约翠贝卡电影节上展出的游戏作品。这款被各大媒体评为高分9.3分的侦探大作由澳洲游戏制作公司Team Bondi与世界知名游戏商Rockstar Games合作开发，并由Rockstar Games发行。
At the summer sale on Steam, I got L.A. Noire, the first video game being presented on Tribeca Film Festival, which’s rating 9.3 by media. The game is a neo-noir detective action-adventure video game developed by Team Bondi and published by the world-renowned Rockstar Games.
The game is set in Los Angeles in 1947 and challenges the player, controlling a LAPD officer Cole Phelps, to solve a range of cases across five divisions. Players must investigate crime scenes for clues, follow up leads, and interrogate suspects, and the player’s success at these activities will impact how much of each case’s story is revealed. When interrogating witnesses and suspects, players have the option to believe them, doubt them, or accuse them of lying.
In order to make the interrogation up a notch, L.A. Noire is also notable for using Lightsprint’s real-time global illumination technology, as well as Depth Analysis’s newly developed technology for the film and video game industries called MotionScan, where actors are recorded by 32 surrounding cameras to capture facial expressions from every angle.
Right now, you guys might be really wanna check this game out. I’ve recorded one of the cases I’ve been through to share my DEMO with you to boost your listening & reading comprehension, to enlarge your vocabulary.
If you are burning your data, enjoy the image story below:
Location: P.E. Freight Depot
In this case The Driver’s Seat, my partner and I drive at the crime scene. The officer inform us that there’s a witness who phoned in finding the abandoned vehicle could be P.O.I. So, I head to the scene first to search for the clues and then get back to him before he get restless.
Clue A: A Purse, A Pair of Glasses
In the purse, we could know the car owner’s name, or Adrian Black who was a 32-year-old married guy. And a pair of glasses shows us the old one that fixed by tape in brand STENZEL.
Clue B: A Bloody Pipe
A brand name INSTAHEAT might link to something.
Clue C: An Abandoned Vehicle, A Receipt
According to the doctor, he assumes that the victim might be in a bad way and lost lots of blood. That’s why the car was full of blood.
Regarding the receipt, I could know the car owner purchased a live hog, which leads to a guy name F. Morgan.
We’ve got all the clues and it’s time to ask about Nate Wilkey, the witness who reported witness at the crime scene.
The first question I inquired: Purpose at Scene
Nate explains that he who works for railway tried to take a shortcut to make a switch.
Judging by his tone, expression, and dressing, there’s no way saying that he tells the lie. So I go head asking about if he saw someone or maybe behind the car. “Nope, I haven’t seen a soul all day until you guys turned up.” he replied.
Question 2: Knowledge of Adian Black
His quick reply and calmness make him that tell the truth, I guess. Then I asked if he’d seen the car before. He said he did. A couple of nights ago it was over there in the parking lot.
Question 3: Contents of Wallet
He quickly denies, saying I accuse him of sth. However, his eyes sell him out by looking left and right instead of looking me right into the eyes, which’s I doubt it.
So I asked: “Do you want the patrolman to hold you down while we turn out your pockets?” That makes him confess that he may be checked inside the wallet. Not that he was going to steal anything. But there’s no money in there.
Question 4: Bloodstained Pipe Found
He said that he went straight for the law as he saw the car was full of blood. I think he’s telling the truth since no one would lie about it at that horrible moment. Then I go on the question by asking the color and the status of the blood when he saw it. “Darker, I’d say. Looked dry already.” He added.
From now on, that’s the end of the inquiry. And it says that all my intuitions are correct. Well, it’s time for me to inform the victim’s wife. So we head over to his home.
Location: Black Residence
As I notify the wife about the tragedy, I continue to ask whether she knows the INSTAHEAT or not. “Yes, it does. We just had a new water heater installed.” she replied, her voice choked. I ask the whereabouts, she tells me that the water heater was outside the kitchen window at the side of the house. So, I get up to take a look around, leaving her to calm down and gather thoughts.
The following are the six key clues I’ve found here:
Clue1: Glasses Case
The brand name match with the pairs at the crime scene.
Clue2: Concealed Message
I found his wife’s photo in one bedroom, and her husband’s photo in another bedroom, indicating that they might sleep separately. And when I turn over the victim’s photo, I find there’s a love note signed by another lady Nicole, which she might be the fuse that causes the problem.
Clue3: A Train Ticket to Seattle
And one of the suitcases was missing. The victim probably tries to leave in a hurry for he’s left the ticket behind.
Clue4: Cavanagh’s matchbook
There are many matchbooks of this kind in the house that showed the victim went to this bar lots of times. So I call the operator to get the address.
Clue5: A Flyer & A Receipt
InstaHeat Receipt represents the recent purchase not two days ago.
Clue6: Water heater
Mrs. Black told us the water heater was newly installed. And now, it’s all the mess. Having been reinstalled the pipes, I find out the missing one was the one with blood on it at the crime scene, which means the murder is near.
The victim’s wife is all right now, so I head back and start the investigation.
Question 1: Slaughterhouse Receipt
She’s surprised at first. After reconsidering it, she thought her husband went out with Frank Morgan for her husband runs a tools business. As for buying a live hog, she has no idea what’s really going on. In this one, I go for the TRUTH, no way indicate she’s lying.
Question 2: Stenzel Glasses Case
She replied: “Yes, he just bought the new pair. I kept telling him to throw the old one away, but he tries to repair them with tapes. It looks terrible.” This answer is apparently telling the truth.
Question 3: Location of Adrian Black
She tells me that her husband only informs her that he went out for a drink with Frank. Since she tells the truth, I go on asking about anything unusual around her husband. She said: “Well, he came home early from work. He never comes home so early. And he went out early, too. He normally never leaves for the bar till about 7.”
Question 4: Photograph Signed ‘Nicole’
She said it’s from his most recent business trip to Seattle. In this one, her tone changes as she answers the question. Especially, the word “Business” in a high pitch and the eyes are looking somewhere, which makes her suddenly feel uncomfortable. I know she’s lying, cuz I’ve already read the note behind the photo. So I pop the question: “What about Nicole, Mrs. Black? Was your husband leaving for her?” “I’ve seen that photo frame. He thinks I’m stupid. But women sense these things. I don’t know if he did to leave me or it was just a fling. God only knows. I only want to know that he’s safe,” she confesses with a nod.
Question 5: Cavanagh’s Bar Matchbook
There’s the surprise written on her face. She admits that he practically lives there after work. Up till recently, he’s been on a business trip to Seattle. From this one, I know she’s telling the truth for I found the train ticket as proof.
Question 6: Alibi for Mrs. Black
It’s a shame that no one could vouch for her. Cuz, she was alone at home all night waiting for her husband to come home. Judging by her tone and expressions with sadness, the truth is the correct intuition for me.
Right now, I complete this investigation, and all the intuitions are correct. Next stop will be Cavanagh bar, I’ll leave that to your imaginations.
In this boring routine life, I add some fun on it. Hope this demo could spark a love for English learning. And to let you guys know the new thing about playing games. The game somehow is another way of learning, a unique method to gain knowledge.
Demo/ Writings/ Translations by BubbleSwan
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