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  Mafia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Mafia's power in the United States peaked in the mid-20th century, until a series of FBI investigations in the 1970s and 1980s reduced the Mafia's influence.
From this, the Mafia began to spread its roots among the landowners and politicians of Sicily.
In the mid-20th century, the Mafia was reputed to have infiltrated many labor unions in the United States, notably the Teamsters, whose president Jimmy Hoffa disappeared and is widely rumored to have been killed by the Mafia.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Mafia   (5009 words)

 Mafia (game) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Mafia (also known under the variant Werewolf or Village) is a party game modelling a battle between an informed minority and an uninformed majority.
Mafia was created by Dimma Davidoff at the Psychological Department of Moscow State University, in spring of 1986, and the first players were playing in classrooms, dorms and summer camps of Moscow University.
Mafia is considered to be one of "The 50 most historically and culturally significant games published since 1800" by about.com.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Mafia_(game)   (3701 words)

 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Mafia power peaked in the United States in the mid-Twentieth Century, until a series of FBI investigations in the 1970s and 1980s somewhat curtailed the Mafia's influence.
In the United States, the mafia began a steep decline in the late-1970s and early 1980s due in part to laws such as the RICO Act, which made it a crime to belong to an organization that performed illegal acts and to programs such as the witness protection program.
In the mid-20th century, the mafia was reputed to have infiltrated many labor unions in the United States, including the Teamsters whose president Jimmy Hoffa disappeared and is believed to have been killed by the mafia.
wikiwhat.com /encyclopedia/m/ma/mafia.html   (1544 words)

 Reviews of Mafia
Mafia is very violent and also has quite a bit of swearing, one mission in particular has you fighting some guys while the Don is constantly yelling out the window "kill the bastards", "go on Tommy, kill every one of those bastards" so you may want to turn them speakers down a touch.
Mafia is a very tough game, 40 hours for the average game player to complete, which is very good considering some games are all over in 8.
Mafia is not for everyone, I think it's for a more mature audience and I don't necessarily mean for the adult content, I mean for the gameplay.
mafia.3dactionplanet.gamespy.com /reviews.htm   (2114 words)

 Mafia: Tutte le informazioni su Mafia su Encyclopedia.it   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Mafia: Tutte le informazioni su Mafia su Encyclopedia.it
L'espressione Mafia diviene un termine corrente a partire dal 1863, con il dramma I mafiusi di la Vicaria di Giuseppe Rizzotto e Gaetano Mosca, che ebbe grande successo e venne tradotto in italiano, napoletano e meneghino, diffondendo il termine su tutto il territorio nazionale.
Fu lui stesso a riconoscere, in tempi successivi, quando era stato nominato senatore del regno per la sua opera contro la mafia, che l'accusa di mafia veniva spesso sporta per compiere vendette o colpire individui che nulla c'entravano con la mafia stessa.
www.encyclopedia.it /m/ma/mafia.html   (640 words)

 WORTHPLAYING - - All about games !
The original PC version of Mafia was in development for an handful of years before its quiet release during the notoriously slow (for gaming) summer season of 2002.
Mafia takes place during the 1930’s, a fictional Chicago-esque city called Lost Heaven, where players follow the life and times of Thomas Angelo, a taxi driver who gets involved in the mob, where struggles through a number of trials in order to make his way up the ranks.
Mafia’s focus is on atmosphere, and it does it well (it must be noted that the PC version does it much, much better).
www.worthplaying.com /article.php?sid=16979   (1237 words)

 TeleFragged -Mafia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven is one of those games that comes almost out of nowhere and surprises people with some great atmosphere and awesome gameplay.
The developers say on the Mafia site's FAQ that the GTA games didn't influence them that much, but to me, the similarities are obvious.
Mafia focuses more on the on-foot gunfighting in later parts of the game, so the ability to dodge and aim at the same time are crucial.
www.telefragged.com /reviews/mafia   (920 words)

 Game Over Online Magazine - Mafia
Mafia may not be based on a particular city but Lost Heaven's setup, with its many bridges, architecture, style of dress, Little Italy district, and island-like setup, captures the zeitgeist of New York or Chicago during the Prohibition.
Mafia's character modeling is done with motion capture and the facial expression system is impressive, although not flawless.
Mafia can't resolve that dilemma any better and the shocking end to the game is perhaps a little abrupt; senseless and unnecessary.
www.game-over.net /reviews.php?id=755   (1669 words)

 Party Game Central- Party games and birthday games for kids and adults
If they determine the identity of a mafia, they can either covertly try to get people to vote to kill that person by staging an argument as to why, or they can announce themselves as detective and state they know with certainty that the person is mafia.
However, if both detectives die but there are one or two mafia still alive, the game continues as the citizens try to kill the mafia through the voting process and the mafia try to kill the citizens one by one until none are left.
If only one mafia is alive and the game progresses to where there are only three players left, if the vote ends up killing a citizen (leaving only one mafia and one citizen) the second citizen automatically dies and the mafia wins the game.
www.partygamecentral.com /pgcstandard/gametmpstd.asp?gn=MAFIA   (1279 words)

 History of the Mafia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The European Mafia was founded on a sense of loyalty and respect for culture, family and the Sicilian heritage.
The Sicilian Mafia was based on the belief that justice, honor and vengeance are for a man to take care of, not for a government to take care of.
The Sicilian mafia valued the code of "omerta", the code of honor and silence and strictly adhered to the ruling that this was a secret society, open only to those who shared Sicilian blood.
users.aol.com /whizkid01/hist.html   (1964 words)

Computer and Videogames have exclusive confirmation that Mafia 2 is already in production, no deatails have been given as to the story line or possible release dates.
Mafia 2 (working title) will more than likely be published through the Gathering label, in line with the publishing methods announced for the upcoming console ports of the original game.
Following on from our previous article, Mafia will be ported over as fully as possible, creating a unique gaming experience for those already familiar with the PC version.
mafia.3dactionplanet.gamespy.com /index1.htm   (1655 words)

 Mafia Encyclopedia Article @ LaunchBase.net (Launch Base)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Originating during the mid 19th century, the Mafia served as protection for the large orange and lemon estates surrounding the city of Palermo.
A Bronx Tale, based on the memoirs of actor Chazz Palminteri, is the story about a mob boss (Palminteri) in the Bronx who befriends the son of a working class Italian father (Robert De Niro).
The Departed (2006) is a remake of the Chinese Mafia thriller Infernal Affairs (2002) and directed by Martin Scorsese.
www.launchbase.net /encyclopedia/Mafia   (3451 words)

 The Mafia in Sicilian History, Sicilian Corruption, the European Commission
The Mafia's arcane rituals, and much of the organization's structure, were based largely on those of the Catholic confraternities and even Freemasonry, colored by Sicilian familial traditions and even certain customs associated with military-religious orders of chivalry like the Order of Malta.
The Mafia, albeit often indirectly, built nearly half of the "new" city of Palermo, where the notoriously corrupt mayor Salvo Lima and his successor, Vito Ciancimino, literally sold building permits to Mafia front-men.
It is worth mentioning, however, that outside Italy, the Mafia and its progeny have been the object of every form of fame that modern society carries in its sophisticated cinematic arsenal.
www.bestofsicily.com /mafia.htm   (3519 words)

 MAFIA   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
But because a public declaration of Guardian Angel is likely to invite a swift death at the hands of the Mafia, the GA often chooses to secretly move the Paisans toward victory.
S/he gasps that s/he is a Mafia or Paisano.
Since everyone in the daytime is publicly Mafia, they can pretend to be insulted, about to come to blows, brag about their dedication to crime, and generally act like toughs.
spot.colorado.edu /~dylan/MAFIA.html   (1604 words)

 Howstuffworks "How the Mafia Works"
One of the most notorious Mafia schemes was the infiltration of labor unions.
At one point, the Mafia could have brought nearly all construction and shipping in the United States to a halt.
To learn about the history of the mafia and to see how law enforcement has dealt with organized crime over the years, read on.
people.howstuffworks.com /mafia5.htm   (440 words)

 Mafia - Search Results - MSN Encarta
Mafia, name for a loose association of criminal groups, sometimes bound by a blood oath and sworn to secrecy.
A loosely affiliated network of criminal groups that first developed in Sicily during the late Middle Ages, the Mafia has historically been one of...
Vendetta, practice of a family taking vengeance on the person who shed the blood of one of its relatives.
encarta.msn.com /encnet/refpages/search.aspx?q=Mafia   (159 words)

 Mafia Computer Gaming World - Find Articles
Mafia is the latest piece of interactive entertainment to achieve the level of art that a good movie is capable of.
Mafia tells the story of Tommy Angelo, a taxi driver in the city of Lost Heaven who gets caught up with big-time mafioso Don Salieri in the early 1930s.
What Mafia does have going for it is style, and it has that in spades.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_zdcgw/is_200212/ai_ziff103014   (571 words)

 Amazon.com: Mafia: Computer & Video Games   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
When we reviewed the PlayStation 2 version of Mafia a few months back, we claimed that the game didn't age well and wasn't nearly as enjoyable as it was on the PC when it originally released.
With the arrival of Mafia on Xbox, many of the issues that plagued the PS2 version are nowhere to be found.
Mafia is one of the most immersive games I've played - you really do feel as though you are living and working in the 1930's Mafia.
www.amazon.com /Gotham-Games-Mafia/dp/B000083GIV   (2316 words)

 Mafia Review - GamersHell.com
Let’s see if Mafia has stood the test of time and can bring to the PS2 what it brought to the PC.
Clipping errors and aliasing problems that could've been solved by turning on advanced graphics options on the PC are all present in the PS2 version of this game – only this time around there's no options to choose from.
Mafia is a great game even though the graphics aren’t top notch.
www.gamershell.com /ps2/mafia/review.html   (971 words)

 How to Play Mafia
The game of Mafia is about convincing others, about being able to lie believably, and about being able to figure out if other people are lying.
The Mafia's sole purpose is to murder the productive citizens in their bed.
One method for determining who is who is to use cards: fl cards for the mafia, red cards for townspeople, and the king of hearts for the inspector.
toast.topped-with-meat.com /connector/mafia.html   (671 words)

 3DActionPlanet - A Member of The GameSpy Network
We've all seen some of the most famous Mafia dons in history strutting their stuff on camera as if to taunt the law.
Mafia tells the story of a young cab driver named Tommy whose life takes a major turn the day a couple of gangsters order him to drive--and drive fast.
Mafia was originally slated for release near the end of 2000, but as the end of the year drew closer, TalonSoft--recently bought by Take Two Interactive--pushed the release date back to the first quarter of 2001.
www.3dactionplanet.com /features/articles/wthi_mafia   (666 words)

 Sicilian Culture: Mafia Word Origins
The word mafia adds to the idea of beauty the idea of superiority, of bravery, the feeling of being a man, boldness, but never in the sense of arrogance or braggadocio.
Eventually the word mafia was used, above all, for organized crime, until sensation-hungry journalists, confused northern Italian jurists and foreign authors interpreted it as the name of an organization.
"The mafia and what led to the Lynching," Harper's Weekly, Vol35(March 28, 1891): 602-612.: By 1891 the references to the mafia, in particular in reference to the New Orleans lynching, are almost too numerous to cite.
www.sicilianculture.com /mafia/mafiawords.htm   (1094 words)

 Amazon.co.uk: Mafia: PC & Video Games   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Mafia's graphics are excellent and the physics engine is very impressive.
It is a philosophical tale of life, living and death that is narrated by the character in cutscenes that travel forward in time to where he talks about the series of events you've just played through in a cafe.
Although GTA: San Andreas and similar games have copied the Mafia style and put it in a modern setting that other people seem to find more appealing, there is no comparison to the physics and realism of Mafia that make the whole thing life-like and magical.
www.amazon.co.uk /Take-2-Interactive-Mafia/dp/B00005NCEY   (2085 words)

 Mafia - Ferrago
The PC had its flaws in this respect, but Mafia doesn't even compare well to other PS2 games, and whilst very occasionally you get a nice piece of eye-candy these instances are few and far between, unless you're viewing the cut-scenes.
Indeed, it is elements like this - which often actually exceed the efforts of less-ambiguously impressive titles - that make the glaring mistakes and problems more troubling, because it could have been a true classic.
Mafia could have been amazing, but unfortunately pushes us one-step too far (especially on the technical front) to forgive it its sins, though still if you are of a forgiving or patient nature then you might just be able to see the excellence shining through the dense foliage.
www.ferrago.com /story/3036   (627 words)

 mafia moblog   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Well, re-writing mafia as a module proved much easier than we first anticipated (which is good news).
mafia will still be totally free and everything, but it will be tied to a content management system (cms).
We are still in talks about how mafia will continue to be released (stand-alone, as part of the cms only, etc etc.) as we suspect the cms we are developing will not be free an' open source as mafia was.
mafia.pearlabs.org   (428 words)

 Featuring Mafia Review at ActionTrip
And even then it would take a serious act of lawlessness to even arouse their ire, but in Mafia, if you go 41 in a 40 zone, your ass is grass, and they will not hesitate to mow you down.
Half the fun of this game is picking out the mainstream mafia references during the cut scenes.
Poly: Mafia is not only about driving, Mafia has also many variou...
www.actiontrip.com /reviews/mafia.phtml   (2901 words)

 IMDb Title Search   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Mafia nunca muere, La (1997) (V) Mano nera - prima della mafia, più della mafia, La (1973)
Mafia de un gallero, La (1998) (V) Acosados por la mafia (1999) (V) Mafia en Acapulco (1987)
Mafia en la frontera (1998) (V) Mafia en La Habana, La (2000)
www.imdb.com /Title?Mafia!+(1998)   (681 words)

 GameSpy: Mafia
MAFIA brings the underworld of the 1930s to life in this third-person 3D action game.
From mob hits, car chases, shootouts and more, complete the unsavory tasks the Family requires done and you will be handsomely rewarded.
Mafia (03/31/04) - Poorly adapted controls and bugs push this PC port to from an entertaining challenge to a tedious chore.
xbox.gamespy.com /xbox/mafia   (194 words)

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