Hello, my name is Michael Quigg. I am currently an English/Writing student at Illinois State University. How are you today?
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One of Stanley Kubrick's masterpieces viewed in a new light.
IAmQuigg Nov 8, 2014
This is really a well done article and a very interesting read. It makes many good points and I will certainly keep some of these ideas in mind as I browse through the internet. I have a comment towards the acknowledgement of human adaptability in the face of a large, drastic change. In this case, it would be, as the question puts it, the power going out, or a sudden event in which the world’s electricity is depleted and humanity is left without the internet or similar constructs. If this event were to take place within, lets say, the next few decades or so, a sort of pandemonium would assuredly occur over the loss of this massive source of reliance. However, given another few years or decades without the return of this resource, I believe people will slowly and surely grow and adapt around this loss and re-kindle the passion of physical materials. For personal comfort, I like to think of Ray Bradbury’s book Fahrenheit 451, which, while a different and decidedly drastic measure, still proposes the idea of a world without the written word and human reliance on visual images displayed on a screen. While there are and probably will be people, regardless of a worldwide internet blackout, who give a large chunk of human innovation up for computer time, there will always be people who pride themselves in the growth and teachings that written text offers. Also, its important not to forget about the large innovations that would not be possible without the internet, such as the simple ability of instant communication across miles and miles of land. That in itself is an impressive accomplishment by men’s standards. So overall, I don’t think the internet is solely to blame for the apparent degradation of language or intelligence, but its existence certainly has an indisputable factor in this change.
You’ve made an interesting point, although I feel as though you focus mainly on Bioshock: Infinite, while the rest of the games you mention goes against your argument. If you were to have more examples where this is relevant than just Bioshock, then I feel I would be able to get on board with this idea.
Also, and maybe I’m just defending this game since I’m a fan, but I personally feel that the killing in Bioshock: Infinite is justifiable in the context the game provides. There are many times when Booker finds himself surrounded by men who want nothing more than to kill him, so his actions are based off of self-defense. No, it doesn’t live up to his own moral standard, but neither does dying and letting Elizabeth perish as well. Now, if the game had given you the option to kill these men first and instigate an attack, then your arguments would hold more valid.
Again, this article really does point out an interesting argument, and I don’t mean to deter you from giving it. For me personally, I would just need to see more games where this is prevalent.
Both the game and this article serve as an accurate historical representation of where we are in terms of a shifting society, and I think its great. Views on sexuality are slowly changing and I believe, by the end of the decade, we will look back at times like these and laugh (or, maybe scorn) at people’s inability to accept homosexuality.
As for the article itself, I find it as a fine description of the game. It also worked well as an advertisement, for I had never heard of the game until reading this.
Forgive me, I did not even address the article. It really is a great article and deserves much of the praise it seems to be receiving.
This has always been an aspect of Captain America’s lore that has interested me since the beginning of his current film franchise. The psychological effects, while, in my opinion, are not covered substantially in the films, must be an immensely traumatizing event for Rogers. The realization that the familiar world around you has dissolved into the past must be frightening at the very least, and to pile on the fact that he showed signs of this depression before his initial freeze is a scarier thought. This depression mixed with the shock of awakening in the future would be extremely detrimental to the emotional side of the human brain. The fact that Rogers is able to deal with this sort of mental state while simultaneously fighting crime and evil aliens with the Avengers shows a much larger power than the serum had ever provided.