Redesigning the Los Angeles of 1947

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L.A. Noire is a video game released today by Rockstar, the company that brought you Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption. It was created for Rockstar by Team Bondi in Sydney and it is an homage to the Los Angeles depicted in noir films and hard-boiled pulp fiction. How did the game designers recreate the Los Angeles of 1947? And did they get it right? Frances talks to John Buntin, author of the book LA Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America's Most Seductive City, Team Bondi production designer Simon Wood, and technology and design expert Marissa Gluck.

LA Noire 1

LA Noire 2

Stills from the game L.A. Noire

Credits

Guests:
John Buntin - author, 'LA Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America's Most Seductive City' - @JohnBuntin, Simon Wood - Team Bondi, Marissa Gluck - design writer - @marissagluck

Host:
Frances Anderton