I have moved beyond the bike portion of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and have learned that the Los Santos police are awfully cavalier about any carjacking I might do. At first I was very careful about what cars I’d boost, and I’d try to take care of them. Now I realize that cars are disposable like kleenex.
I’ve also discovered the joys of off-track betting. Gambling on the ponies is dramatically simplified: you can bet on one of five horses. The horses’ odds of winning vary from 1 in 2 to about 1 in 12. If the horse wins, you win a matching amount of money: the 1-in-2 horse doubles your bet, while the 1-in-12 horse pays back 12 times your bet.
I say “odds of winning,” but I lie. As best I can tell, the game picks one of the five horses at random to win. So every single horse has the true odds of winning of 1 in 5.
I think you can see where I’m going here. With a little judicious save-and-restoring, and by betting only on the horse with the longest odds, I’ve quickly gone from having some $300 to $14M. Why, it’s like someone doubled all the payouts at a casino.
Hrm, two GTA posts in one weekend. At the rate I’m going here, pretty soon I’ll be doing what Carl does for his blog.