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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. (archived 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.

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