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Video Game / Opression Quest

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The following is a deep, post-modern, social commentary on society.

'Opression Quest' is a 2014 browser based game that explores the mind of a fictional sociopath. In the game (which is more of a choose-your-own-adventure), you get an in-depth look into the daily life of a deeply disturbed individual, as well as providing a nuanced debate on whether or not we are responsible for our own choices, or if society and genetics make them for us.

The game can be played for free here: -(Dead Link)

This game provides examples of:

  • But Thou Must!: Choices are often striked out when chosen, and you are forced to pick the other option, in order to accurately simulate the mental state of the main character.
  • Shown Their Work: The game is heavily inspired by real events and uses actual, unedited images from the internet.
  • Take That!: 'Oppression Quest' is a rather obvious attack on several female game developers accused of indulging in rather shady behavior for the purposes of marketing their game. A lot of the things you have to do in the game in order to win stem from supposedly real incidents.
  • Villain Protagonist: The main character cheats and lies their way to the top of the indie scene.