Hi folks, hope everyone's have a decent August so far. If not, this video should help brighten up your day.
For this new Two Minute Game Crit, I look towards one of my all-time favourite games, Zone of the Enders 2, to see how it portrays concepts of life, technology and artificiality in tandem with the overarching story.
This video is sort of a complimentary piece to an article I wrote for the latest issue of Five out of Ten Magazine. The article started as a glint in my imagination a couple of years ago, inspired by my interest in ZOE2 these past twelve years, since its initial release. A long time had passed since my original obsession with the game, and so when I replayed it earlier this year in preparation for the article, I was shocked by its richness of material.
So when pen came to paper the piece turned out to be quite extensive -- too extensive, in fact. Sprawling, glancing threads of thought became interstitial tissue for the enormity I saw in ZOE2. Or really, it was fat. And was trimmed out through no lack of patience by FooT's magnificent editors, to fit the thing for publishing.
This video tells of one of those threads. Not even one -- part of one. For example, artificial intelligence also features in ZOE2 through the (I was going to type 'mobile dolls') unmanned orbital frames that BAHRAM uses to replace Ender freedom fighters. And also through the senseless, dummy mining LEV Dingo pilots at the game's beginning, which then quickly contrasts with ADA. Both these aspects then weave into the military complex and industrialism.
So, I hope you find this video to be a compelling jumping off point for further thought on this excellent, provocative, grossly under-examined title.
As for the rest of the month, I'm coming to the end of my course about a month from now, and that means I have deadlines and exams and other duties galore to work through. I hope to keep up the game criticism pace I've been managing these past few months but since it's the final(-ish) stretch, I might make an executive decision to reduce my output of work here until October.
So if you don't hear from me in the next few weeks, don't worry! It's just because of coursework deadlines!
That's all for today. Thanks for reading and have a great week.