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The Wolf Among Us and The Necessity of Choice
A phenomenon is happening in game industry. We are demanding more and more games that gives us more freedom and possibility of choice – such as the Telltale games -, in which we can alter the storyline based on our choices. We are criticizing games that lead us through a path we can’t change. The Wolf Among Us is a game that evidenciates this need to choose, we go under the skin of an authority (Bigby) and face difficult choices the entire game that could change the course of the destiny of an entire community that is under our protection, and our relationship with it.
I find it fascinating that Wilde is able to capture with perfection the reasons and logic of a society that is so opposed to him and only seems to exist to deny Wilde’s existence. And yet he transforms this hate towards him in wonderful pieces of art that are a mirror to society’s behavior, and scares and shames those who look at it. He should be fearful of society, and yet he menaged to be feared.
To say that it must be shown in order to attribute reality to the show is really stupid given that they didn’t have the same consideration regarding the dragons and zombie-like creatures. But ok, let’s say that the rape scenes are important to construct the atmosphere of violence. The important thing is not what is shown, but how it is shown. The camera seeks to empathize with the vision of the audience, so it’s angles and the construction of the on-screen cene should be focoused on the things that catch our attention the most. And they do not construct the rape as a cene of violence, the camera strives to capture the body that is being violated but not with eyes that construct an image that repel us, but seduce us. By preferring to focus on the look of pleasure on the violator’s face instead of the look of suffering on the victim’s eyes, the supposed imparciality of the camera is destroyed and it assumes the point of view of the dominator. That point of view dialogues directly with what we, as spectators, are looking for, and it reveals a worrying diagnosis.
I don’t understand why so often people treat the Sybil system like it was somehow different from the system we live in. It may not be so present around us, but the criminalization of people with psychiatric conditions (in the sense that they’re locked up and forced to therapy or to medicate themselves because they could be “a danger to themselves or the society”) shows us that we follow this line of utilitaranism just as much as the anime. The show strikes us as something so horrible but at the same time aren’t we judging individuals before their crimes so that we can maintain an aura of harmony?