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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Issue : Games : Salad Days


Psychonauts is a game about juvenescence.

The main character is a kid in psychic camp who invades the minds of other campers and faculty in order to foil a sinister plot. During the explorations he inadvertently helps those minds overcome latent fears or past memories that somehow managed to get wedged into deep crevasses of their brain bins. Heavy stuff for a kids game.

The game sold like crap when it first released. Critics loved it, the people that took a chance on it loved it, but people en masse just didn't... weren't ready for it. So they didn't buy it. Such is life.

Psychonauts 2 is on the way. Well, it's actively being pitched by way of crowd-sourcing, but I would say the chances of it existing are good, over three million dollars good. Shit, Schafer got my buck.

Crowdfunding has become a great answer to a poorly formed question. For the last fifteen years people have loved to bemoan the state of entertainment. "Why do these companies rehash all the stuff from my childhood! Where are all of the new things!" Well the answer is right there in the most funded column of these crowdfunding sites, clear as day.

Given the choice, the end user chooses the same story, told a different way. So who could put total blame on an organization for not taking a chance on something new and giving the people not what they ask for, but what they purchase of their own accord?

The generation that grew up on Ninja Turtles, G.I. Joe, and Full House are scared to let go. It's time to admit its as much our fault as it is theirs.

Are we stuck in perpetual childhood, subjecting a new generation to stockholm syndrome-light indoctrination through distorted, rose colored, idealized, versions of things we were bludgeoned with in our youth?

Or, maybe it's a second life for some things that another generation deserves to enjoy. I dunno.

Anyway, speaking of this exact thing I don't even have to ask where the squad is going to muster tomorrow. They could chill on the marketing, but the Force Awakens is the truth, GG J.J. Also JERBZ.

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