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Las Vegas versus Tom Clancy.

19/7/2006
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas, a new video game that plays out in the ‘Sin City’ setting has the Mayor of Las Vegas up in arms, as he believe that it will damage the image of the city. Certain scenes within the game depict a gang of terrorists in action on the main strip, attempting to destroy some landmarks before anti-terrorist military personnel unload to fight the terrorists. All this before officials declare the city under martial law.

Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman said, “It could be harmful economically, and it may be something that's not entitled to free speech (protection)”. Goodman is adamant on the government stance that Las Vegas is the safest place imaginable from the threat of terrorist attacks.

Ubisoft, a French video game maker, believes that ‘Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas’, the fifth in the Rainbow Six series will do very well. The story revolves around a rising terrorist siege in Vegas that threatens to take world terrorism to new heights. Game makers changed some aspects such as Bellagio's sign reading ‘Villagio’, while others don’t exist, like the Calypso hotel. However, many others are precisely detailed, from Fremont Street's lighted canopy to the replica Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas.

“You will find lots of details about Fremont Street in the game,” states a Ubisoft artistic director. “In truth all the casinos, hotels -- lets face it, the whole damn city -- are magnificent and really absorbing to create in-game. We were so inspired we wanted to create the entire town to the finest details!”

Tim Cummins, Ubisoft's San Francisco-based corporate representative said that game designers set it in Vegas to showcase new technologies that allow for sharper-than-ever images. He did not comment on local leaders' objections to the game.

Stephen Holder.
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