For Your Consideration

Cruising the LA freeways in Call of Juarez: Cartel. Plus, a similar-sounding graphic novel and your new (old) Internet addiction.

Call Of Juarez: Cartel

You’re rolling down the wrong side of a Los Angeles freeway, strapped with gats and taking fire from drug cartel members in black SUVs. This is how Call of Juarez: Cartel starts, and it pretty much carries on this way for the rest of the game. You spend time as one of three shady law enforcement members, driving around, breaking down doors and shooting oodles of drug-dealing hoodlums. They swear at you, and you swear at them, and really, this game is nothing you haven’t played before. Doesn’t mean it isn’t fun, though.

99 Days

It’s not a comic book — it’s a graphic novel, OK? There’s a difference, which is this: The plot of 99 Days is told through well-written prose and beautiful illustrations. The beauty, in this case, is subjective. Much of the book deals with death by machete, alternating between scenes from the Rwanda genocide and an on-the-loose murderer in South Central Los Angeles. The protagonists are cops with foul mouths and checkered pasts. Sound familiar?

WEBSITE started out as a website but for many it has become an addiction or even a cult. “The Front Page of the Internet,” as it calls itself, is basically just a collection of user-submitted links that people vote up or down depending on how much they like them. It’s organized into customizable subreddits, which deal with specific topics like politics. Other subreddits are weird, wonky, or downright lascivious. But basically, it’s a simple website to feed you a concentrated dose of interesting stuff, the type of place that at best will waste your time and at worst waste your life. But it is oh so addicting.

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Chris Stein

Chris Stein is a staff writer at The Inlander. He covers social services, downtown Spokane, Eastern Washington and Spokane city hall. His work has been published by the Associated Press, VeloNews and the Santa Barbara Independent. He was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area.