Scattered Notes IV: Choice – Always Sometimes Monsters and Yet One Word

by mudrhetoric

Always Sometimes Monsters
http://www.gog.com/game/always_sometimes_monsters

Life is all about the choices you make and the ones you don’t, and if you could would you change the choices you made or didn’t. This proposition is the primary motor driving this game forward. All your life has been shaped by this proposition, and this game invites you to look at a simulation of this proposition from a top-down perspective. From this perspective the player can see the paths that can be taken and the ones that can’t and see the truth in the consequences, but once the act has been committed it remains concrete, and yet one word can change the course of your history.

Almost always the choices you make have unforeseen ramifications, unpredictable, and nigh impossible to track. It is important to think about your choices and not act on impulse. To gather all of the information possible before deciding on a track. Each choice is a stone tossed into a pond. Each stone tossed causes a ripple, and it’s impossible to know where that ripple might end, or what is going on underneath, or the ultimate effect of that ripple.

Everyone shall be called into account for the choices that they make. Some of them are intractable, others inexorable, but all of them are your responsibility, and claiming ignorance is not a viable excuse. You have created yourself. The lessons of Martin Luther King Jr. ring true, that to commit an act of recompense, as construed, is easy, but such an act merely perpetuates the cycle of violence, and the circle remains connected. The harder choice, the more difficult choice is to stop and to strive for reconciliation, to recognize that the circle isn’t a circle at all, but rather a snake devouring its own tail, until nothing remains.

Yet One Word
http://gambit.mit.edu/loadgame/yetoneword.php

A deeply personal adventure. Invasive and penetrating. A game that demands openness and the ability to be truthful to yourself. It is an almost indescribable experience and one that will be unique to each and every person partaking in it. It is not a game for everyone, only for those will to accept and understand that they are always sometimes monsters. As Nietzsche said, “He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you.”

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