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The citizens of videolandia can sleep safer in their beds tonight with the news that Travis Bickle is about to make his gaming debut, courtesy of Majesco Entertainment Co.

Yup, the hero of cult flick Taxi Driver will debut at the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2005 in LA between 18-20 May, thereby joining Dirty Harry and 50 Cent on the virtual mean streets.

Majesco marketing bod Ken Gold told Reuters: "'Taxi Driver' remains one of the most iconoclastic films of our time. Compelling and powerful, the movie ensnares viewers in the seedy urban world of New York cabbie Travis Bickle, and we hope to do likewise with our game."

We're not quite sure what Gold means by "iconoclastic" here. Fans of the film may not recall many icons getting clasted between bouts of Bob De Niro unsuccessfully attempting to woo Cybill Shepherd and blowing away Harvey Keitel before making short work of an entire hotelful of pimps and punters.

Which should give some clue as to what eager gamers can expect from the Travis Bickle experience. Although details are scarce, a Sony Pictures spokesman expressed confidence that Majesco will "create a game that successfully makes the transition from film to the video game world".

We shall see. In the meantime, wannabe NY vigilantes are advised to get some practice in by standing in front of the mirror declaring: "You talkin' to me? Are you talkin' to me? Well I'm the only one here..." You know the rest. Carry on. ®

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