Tag Archives: Agency

Revengeance Data Storage – #11 Freedom & Despair, Empathy & Moral Responsibility

Raiden is confronted about the legitimacy of his actions. It’s time! Continue reading Revengeance Data Storage – #11 Freedom & Despair, Empathy & Moral Responsibility

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Poverty & Powerlessness Part 1 – Three Fourths Home

To be completely honest, the first impulse to write this article came simply from the fact that I played these three games – Three Fourths Home, Little Inferno and A Postcard from Afthonia – one after the other in quick succession, and I wanted to spend more time with them. But, by themselves, none of them seemed to inspire me to say anything interesting: they’re all quite short, and they explain themselves well enough, I thought. (Are you implying this article, by contrast, is interesting? No, don’t worry, I’d never dare)

But as I thought about them all together, I realized they actually have quite a few themes in common. This is an humble exploration of one of those themes as represented in these games: poverty and powerlessness. Continue reading Poverty & Powerlessness Part 1 – Three Fourths Home

Transistor – Part 2: Tangible Ideas & Celebrating the Physical

Most of the things I’ve talked about in Part 1 actually happen off-screen, before the game proper begins. It’s all backstory, reconstructed from bios, dialogues and clues gathered as we play. The real protagonists of the game are Red and Breach, not the Camerata. Their love story brings ideas down to earth, makes them come alive, lets us touch them. Through its focus on intimacy, it recognizes the fundamental importance of physicality. Transistor is a celebration of the physical. Continue reading Transistor – Part 2: Tangible Ideas & Celebrating the Physical