(Omerta – City of Gangsters is mobster-sim that allows players to immerse themselves in the game and take on the role of being a mob boss. The game takes place in the prohibition era of American history much like the popular HBO show Boardwalk Empire. Much like the Steve Buscemi helmed show, Omerta takes place in Atlantic City. Here is one story of a player transforming from mild mannered computer gamer to a notorious mob boss.)
I, Giuseppe Austiado was a new immigrant, freshly landing in the United States of America, a place where anyone could become anything. The sky was the limit. Unfortunately, the rest of my family had to stay behind in Italy – we could only afford one ticket to America and my family chose me to come and stay with my Uncle Vinnie.
I had to make enough money to buy tickets for the rest of my family to travel as well. Back in Italy, my family had been famous for our many differently high-quality Sicilian wines and spirits, it only made sense that this be how I make a profit. Especially with the current ban on alcohol in place. So what if it was illegal? Family comes first and you do everything in your power to help them. So I started my empire, not that I knew what my ventures would develop into at this point.
Gradually we expanded. We bought out other speakeasies and breweries, though sometimes that meant “sending them a message” or two before they complied with our demands. If we were going to be successful, we couldn’t allow other businesses to interfere with our enterprise. We also broke into the liquor market, setting up a few distilleries across the city.
By this time we had started to make a name for ourselves, so we prepared for the inevitable fights that would ensue in attempt to stake claims to parts of the city. After several skirmishes, we had come out on top. Did we lose some men along the way? Yes, but their families will be compensated well. Not that any amount of money can truly dull the pain of losing a loved one.
With the dominance of my gang established, I found that there were many more opportunities for the expansion of my little empire. There were grocery stores and restaurants, smuggling and counterfeiting, underground gambling rings, and even ways to generate money that would appear otherwise completely legal. We invested in them all. It appeared my ventures were growing exponentially, and without limit. I had only lived in this wonderful country for seven and a half years and look at the life I had made for myself. In fact, it was around this point that I realized I was making enough money to buy my family a first-class ride to America. I was simply elated – the date was set and my family was to arrive in roughly three to four months. I set my empire into overdrive to make sure they had everything they would need when they finally landed.
This is where things began to go downhill. I became a little overambitious. I bought up real estate like it was candy, steadily drawing more and more attention to me operations. It wouldn’t be long until the police began a formal investigation into my activities and realize that not everything I was doing was strictly legal. Especially the alcohol side of things. I mean, we had had run ins with the cops in the past, but now that many of my payrolled cops had been exposed. I had few allies in the city’s department. So I did what any half-decent businessman would, I sold some of my properties off the books to people who I could count on to take the fall for me. After I ensured them their families would be given generous amounts of money while they were locked up, many obliged, creating a safety net of businesses to blame if the police did catch wind of something they could concretely act on.
With my family set up to arrive any day now, I slowed down on expansion, gradually setting up my right hand, Giovanni, to take over the empire. It wasn’t an easy thing to do, but it had been about 9 years now and running an enterprise such as this had taken a toll on me. With this in mind, I was still to receive a month percentage of the income we made, slightly more than I had been taking in the past actually. My family and I would be set for life. The day they landed and I say my wife and daughter for the first time in nearly a decade, I realized that everything had been working for had finally paid off and I knew we would be able to settle down a make a life for ourselves here.