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#1381

my wife and I played bandersnatch last night

it’s pretty well done and floats some cool things about character agency within creative works and stuff like that but charlie brooker can’t stick a landing to save his life geez (edit: and he had like a trillion of them this time he couldn’t even get one ayyy)

the story just doesn’t really say anything in the end?

I’m also wondering if people formerly at telltale are kicking themselves for not just…doing this? it seems like a much less intensive way to handle this kind of stuff that plays well with their We Love Existing Media Brands strategy they were going for


#1382

got the party wiped out twice in a row in dragon quest iii for the super famicon because i’m being hasty

the shame . . .


#1383

Yeah, halfway through the thing I was like “the endings are gonna suck, aren’t they?” to my girlfriend. But if you’re a fan of Black Mirror you’re used to that by now. One ending I kinda liked a lot but my girlfriend hated it. And as I said before the ending I really wanted doesn’t exist, so…


#1384

yeah there are a lot of cool little things brought up at the beginning and even kind of near the middle that I thought were going to be followed up on later in the endings but they just kind of fall off? there are some elements that could build up to really interesting narratives but it seems like the endings just kind of forget about them and decide to go for entirely different things


#1385

Woah, I did the same thing on, like, Wednesday night. Such a fast game to go through. I was really disturbed by the colonial overtones the game had. I mean, the developers had to know how messed up it was, right?


#1386

You might be surprised how few developers consider the messages communicated by their games.


#1387

I had no idea helping people from Satan himself counts as colonialism.


#1388

i’ve been getting back into phantasy star online, seeing as 2019 will be the year of sega

been switching off between a FOnewearl and a RAcaseal

i’m on the ephinea server, for anyone interested https://ephinea.pioneer2.net/


#1389

god sometimes I wish I was more surprised


#1390

I guess it’s the wording around it and the ways that you “help.” I think of colonialism as being paternalistic and destructive; in Actraiser, you carry both qualities. You destroy biomes, limit biodiversity by making everything wheat, and generally help people spread across the entire land. Civilizations “advance” due to your direction.

The end is the most discomfiting. You see how people were destined to sacrifice themselves for your vision of a perfect world. Finally, the people no longer worship you because they are self-sufficient and your helper forlornly regrets this outcome. “Should we yearn for a time when people will no longer need to ask for our help?”


#1391

Oh wow, that’s gross.


#1392

I always read the ending as a slightly mournful “we have become obsolete and it’s better this way but dang”

But

In the game Satan is the god of every nonchristian religion and, as the Christian god, you murder all the other “false gods” holding back “progress” which is extremely gross.


#1393

yeah actraiser is too weirdly deeply right wing for it to be merely unexamined

if anything it’s interesting that it should be as heavy handed as it is; like people have said, it’s less propagandic than it is, like, mourning its own convictions. It’s the William F Buckley of SNES games.


#1394

This is an extremely bad-faith argument that ignores much of what you’re doing, like murdering Egyptian, Hindu, and Norse deities in the name of God. This is a clear literalization of actual things that colonists have done


#1395

I think Actraiser knows what it’s doing and I think it’s fairly judgmental of what you do. Quintet games are all about the relationship of progress (evolution, technology, society) to religion and the destructive side effects. Actraiser is the least formed but I think that ending is supposed to be read within the real world growth of Christianity and it stamping out pagan religions.

I don’t think Actraiser is right-wing because I don’t think it endorses your actions, as the end makes clear.


#1396

it’s something colonists have done, but you have to divorce these actions from the context of the world to call it colonialist.

to call it oddly rightwing or pro-monotheistic, i have no qualms with. monotheistic religions (or scientific thought) wiping everything else out is inevitable.


#1397

I suppose I gotta play more Quintet!


#1398

This is some Manifest Destiny shit and I don’t like it!


#1399

Not one bit!


#1400

play Terranigma

everyone else play Terranigma too

right now