“No think. Game good! Game good so no think about sad when fun good game is a big yes to play. Gameplay? Fun. Graphics? Yes. Politics? No politic. Because having politic make a sad time. And sad is a bad time to be. 10 out of 10 for good new video game, no lower. Lower is bad and game good. Videogames are never politic, so don’t question. Don’t challenge. Just consume! Only buy, thank you. Devs no put politic in game anyway, so don’t look. No question. No doubt. Don’t speak. No talk, only play! No think, only play. No sad because to sad is to bad and to bad is not videogames. Because video games good and happy and no sad. Sad is bad. So don’t be bad, because if you are sad, then you bad. You bad.”
– Jim Sterling, Shut Up, Stop Thinking, And Play Games Guilt Free
Jim clearly identifies the complicit, blindly consumerist, pro-industry ideology of mainstream ‘shut up and take my money’ gaming fanboy culture, and it’s classic Orwellian Newspeak style.
RND/ To consider a ‘cyberpunk is dead’ style VHS parody movie, entitled “Neon Shadow Conspiracy”.
Starring Elias Koteas and Angelina Jolie in x-tra elite, super saturated lo-fi ‘deep zoom-shadow’ aesthetic / mode:
In the year 2074 the Pinhead corporation creates an almost-human looking cyborg Casella Reese aka ‘Cash’, designed specifically to charm and seduce her way into a rival manufacturer’s headquarters and then (laughably) self-detonate. Things go awry when she starts to have feelings for a human – Colton Ricks aka ‘Colt 45’, who works for Pinhead as a martial arts instructor (although what a self-detonating sex doll wants to learn kickboxing seems puzzling.) He falls for Cash as well, and with the help of ‘Mercy’ they escape. Pinhead Corp. sends ‘Danny Bench’, a Cyborg Tracker after Colt and Cash. B-Movie violence ensues.
RND/ To consider “Beginning Science” – a children’s book, native, romantic and sexist, officially approved by the Eisenhower’s Military-Industrial-Scientific-Complex.
The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present and is gravely to be regarded. Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific technological elite.
– Dwight D. Eisenhower, Military-Industrial Complex Speech, 1961
RND/ To envisage a plastic parody figurine of the psychotic white serial killer character “Ellie”, from post-apocalypse simulator The Last Of Us I & II.
The Last Of Us Part II can be very disturbing. Enemies feel lifelike as you stab them in the throat, and watch the lights slowly drain from their eyes. Blood seeps from wounds as bodies lay on the ground, staring back at you. The people you fight often call each other by name, adding weight and meaning to each life you take.
– Easy Allies Review
How such an image might symbolize or open up important political discussions about White Violence in video games, especially given the people in The Last Of Us – like the self righteous psychopaths in The Walking Dead – act like ruthless right wing survivalist prepper wackjobs. (Almost as if they wouldn’t even really need the flimsy excuse of the world ending to act like they do, and simply love murdering people.) Where exactly are these ‘philosophical questions asked about the cycle of violence’ promised by developers Naughty Dog? What a joke. Mere batshit power fantasies R-US part II, more like.
I’m gonna find, and I’m gonna kill, every last one of them.
– Ellie, The Last Of US II