I wrote the third (and regrettably, most massive) part of that tangent, and you're right, that much natter is ridiculous. I felt the need to respond to the first troper's utterly bizarre interpretation of the game's story, in which black is white and up down, so to speak. Frankly, the only evidence that could be used to suggest the protagonists are terrorists is the fact that you can kill the police and private security troops you are confronted with (whom, it is important to keep in mind, always shoot first), although you also usually have the option of running past them, and always have the option of simply knocking them unconscious. The game actually rewards skilled players in form of an achievement or trophy for playing through the entire game without shooting any enemies (although, as the Mirror's Edge page points out, you can still just kick them off of skyscrapers). On the other side of the argument, I feel I pretty effectively took apart the notion that the government of Mirror's Edge is actually some sort of liberal democracy that was simply presented in a skewed fashion. The whole thing just springs from Yahtzee being a troll in his review, as he is in every review, and the internet taking his pronouncements as gospel.
As for the game itself, Mirror's Edge is a perfect example of the Genericist Government, in the sense that almost nothing is revealed about how it works, how it came into power, or the true extent of its corruption and restrictions on things like freedom of speech. The player has to rely exclusively on statements made by the characters, the fact that the regime murdered a prominent opposition leader, and what the the player him/herself is able to infer through gameplay (such as the whole "opening fire on you with automatic weapons for no reason" thing, or the omnipresent signs for "Callaghan Construction" I mentioned). Despite the vagueness, these things alone place the government pretty firmly in "bad guy" territory. I'd like to add some sort of qualifier on the entry itself regarding the less-than-serious nature of Yahtzee's "interpretation", but can't think of the right wording, so I'll leave it be for now.
Took this freakin' huge chunk out of the Mirror's Edge:
Gaah! Concise, people, concise! I haven't played the game, so can someone else decide if any of the points brought up are worthwhile? Or if the entire entry is not an example?Hide/Show Replies