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Think You're a Wiseguy?
The Mafia. The word evokes a strong image of an Italian man in a leather jacket, hair slicked back, smile on his face and a dangerous politeness belying violence just under the surface. It's a caricature really, a cartoon character compiled from bad novels and B movies (and a couple of good ones too).
Mafia is actually a general descriptor that can refer to any organized crime group. Any syndicate whose main purpose is protection racketeering, organizing illegal agreements and transactions, and often gambling, loan sharking, drug-trafficking, and fraud could be a mafia. The godfather of mob groups is, of course, the Sicilian Mafia. But do you know how that particular mafia came to be in Italy? The early 1800s were chaos in the country as the feudal system was dismantled. There was a huge increase in property owners and a huge increase in commerce – ah, capitalism – and this meant an increase in disputes. But the new authorities of the land didn't have the means or the numbers to protect every community: many places had no permanent police force,even. So the people turned elsewhere for paid protection, and the first violent, organized mafiosi stepped in to fill the void.
In later decades as Europeans emigrated, the mafia emigrated. Thus was born the American mob. And it is from this group of wiseguys and goodfellas that the classic character of the mobster developed into the Hollywood standard we know today.
If you want to take a dip in the pool of organized crime, but you don't want to join The Family, have we got some mafia games for you. In Gangster Streets, show your gang you're the toughest mobster behind the wheel if you don't want to get whacked. In mobster games like Mafia Driver, infiltrate the mob by becoming a trusted driver. Then there is Mafia Lair Escape, where you get caught in the ultimate shakedown at a mafioso's lair and the only way out is guns a'blazing. Don't get left in the wind, start playing now.