So I just played this game. Got the *Hyun-Ae ending.
That was some pretty powerful storytelling. I don't usually feel such terribly strong emotion over a work of fiction, but this time I wished I could reach through the screen and give the poor girl a hug. And go back in time so I could break her tormentors in half. (yes, that's quite exactly what I was thinking. No hyperbole.)
It just pushed all my buttons, you know? While playing games or visual novels, I usually play like a Lawful Good
Paladin, because that's the kind of personality I admire. I also have the strong faith that humanity constantly reaches for new heights on both a scientific and cultural level. So seeing an entire nation forget about hundreds of years of advancements in both areas and abusing women like they are a bunch of baby-producing toys angered me to the point that I wanted the game to present me anyone guilty of such practices so I could yell at them.
Normally, I advocate peace, turning the other cheek, revenge is not the right way, that kind of stuff. But this time, even though it was certainly wrong what Hyun-ae did in the end according to my moral standards, I didn't have a very hard time forgiving her for committing freaking genocide
. The game managed to make me feel so strongly about this girl's fate that I completely forgot about my moral and rational thinking. That's some real quality writing right there.
And then I decided to follow up on this gaming session by doing an Archive Binge
of old Game Overthinker videos. His early works featured some material on the subject of sexism in games, which made do a little introspective thought experiment: would I have had such a strong reaction if Hyun-ae had been a boy?
The result was "probably not", which I considered to be quite the shocking revelation. I had a serious case of White Knight going for Hyun-ae, but I'd probably just feel pretty bad for the hypothetical guy in a similar situation.
It's pretty weird realizing that you've been guilty of the same crime that you hold against someone else without knowing. Though I suppose wanting to protect girls is marginally better than practically enslaving them, it's still something I should work on. No one like s a hypocrite.
Yay! I learned something today!