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07/20/2020 23:07:27 •••

Lovely, but I have one issue with it.

To The Moon is a very charming game. Admittedly, it does feel a bit too much like a movie or a visual novel, but that really shouldn't be much of a problem when it's adapted for the big screen in a few years. The art style is very nostalgic and reminiscent of old-school RP Gs such as Earthbound. The story is very touching, being one about someone whose lifelong dream was to go to the moon with a girl they loved. And of course, while there are a lot of them, the many Shout Outs are very funny.

However, I want to mention something that really bugged me. River's autism is made out to be some debilitating illness by her doctor. As someone on the autism spectrum, this really irked me. I know it's different for everyone, but on the whole it would have made more sense for it to be Alzheimer’s (rare though it is, people as young as 23 have suffered from dementia) or something like that. I really hope the movie can fix this.

Overall, 7/10. Highly recommended.

07/20/2020 00:00:00

Yeah. That's understandable. :)

07/20/2020 00:00:00

I live with a brother that has autism and he can barely speak complete sentences, constantly uses stims (sounds and movement used when idle) in his behavior. I won't go into too much details but he is going to be dependent on my parents and other people for the rest of his life. Autism is different for different people, but the scale on how significantly it can affect people is huge. There are people like you that can function with it, but in the case of my brother, it pretty much dominates his entire life. Maybe they should provide more then one example of types of autism, but its not as if its completely wrong on how autism can affect some people.

07/20/2020 00:00:00

Specifically, River was implied to have Asperger Syndrome, considered a milder condition on the Autism spectrum. But as River and Isabelle show, cases can still vary.

However, I don't see how River's condition was a "debilitating illness." River went to school, had hobbies, got married, died at a ripe old age, and overall had a relatively normal life, social struggles notwithstanding. She was only diagnosed with the condition as an adult.

A big part of the game's story is rooted in River's social struggles and exotic interests, which started from childhood. Alzheimer's is very different from Asperger's and usually only starts at over 65 years of age, so it couldn't be the same kind of story if this were changed.

What I personally found iffy is how Isabelle admitted to ultimately just envying River. Like... I kinda get that. As someone diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome as a kid, I grew up angsting over the idea that I was "different." I feel like that knowledge caused me a lot of pain. But I'm also glad to learn about and better understand how I'm different, so that I can better work my differences into my life. Perhaps it's more that Isabelle didn't really learn to work with who she truly was and only put a deceptive mask on?

Autism in general is a complicated issue that isn't fully understood.

07/20/2020 00:00:00

Sorry, I got it mixed up with another depiction in fiction. I get what you\'re saying regarding Isabelle.

07/20/2020 00:00:00

Honestly To the Moon is a weird game because it seems to me like it has aged particularly poorly in a fairly short span of time. Back when it came out, folks praised it for its emotional story, and I thought it was great as well. However, looking back on it a few years later, as a neurodiverse person who mostly interacts with neurodiverse folks, the writing comes off as kind of cliché and shallow; River\'s Asperger is sort of weaven into this narrative about how different she is and how it\'s hard for her to fit in but how it also makes her special and the whole thing has a sort of... glurgy tint to it, in my eyes. It\'s hard to explain, but a chunk of the dialogue and plot reminds me of those Hollywood \"inspirational porn\" movies; the writing has a sort of wieghtless feel to it at times and feels a lot more like some cutesy sad story writen by non-autistic folks for non-autistic folks, like an outsider\'s perspective that Doesn\'t Quite Get What It\'s Like. I don\'t know if OP agrees with me, but that\'s my main problem with the game nowadays.

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