Sundays are dedicated to watching The Undertaker throw humanity off the top of Hell In A Cell. Before you get surprised, let’s read this week’s best writing on gaming (and game-related stuff).
On Bullet Points, Joseph Cole looks at Elden Ring from a religious perspective. Spoiler zone from the start! Not only does it take a look at the game’s theology, but it’s a quick check on where you stand in between, you smeared dude who wields a mighty sword.
The superficial promise of Elden Ring and most of the games next door to FromSoftware’s Dark Souls is that even a small, undeserving force, through sheer stubbornness, will be allowed to enter the saint gates with the mighty. It reflects the narrative of most religions: Although God is greater and holiness is unattainable, the lowest among us can be saved, if we are to give up our will and our future in the service of God. And like other Souls games, Elden Ring allows players to question their place in this story.
For VG247, Alan Wen wrote about Ghostwire: Tokyo and its authentic representation making the cultural tourism of Ghost Of Tsushima and Sifu a mockery. In classic Edders fashion, Nioh reminds me of being so authentic in his portrayal of Yokai, his descriptions, and through his little play style quirks. You should read Matthew’s Ghostwire Tokyo review if you have a few extra minutes where he says that much of its original character is hidden under the “artificial climbing frame they used it for”. also! Liam got a walking tour of Tokyo if you want to relax a bit.
These collectibles and descriptions extend to what seems ordinary; Descriptions might explain how popular a particular supercar model is, why some magazines toss out trendy handbags as an extra, or give you information on your favorite Japanese snack as you ditch and recharge. Perhaps one of the most disturbing observations in the game is the prevalent use of plastic bags in Japan, even when carrying a single item.
On the Washington Post, Michelle Yi Hee Lee and Julia Mio Inuma wrote a quick article about Shoji Morimoto, the Japanese man who paid to do nothing. It’s nothing new by any means, but I find the idea of paying for a stranger fascinating. It is touching, sometimes very sad, and often liberating.
A woman hired him to accompany her as she filed divorce papers. He once sat down with a client for a hemorrhoid surgery consultation – with loads of graphic images. Someone hired him for a sexy farewell when they boarded a bullet train to get from Tokyo to Osaka; He showed up and waved goodbye.
Liam tries to answer the question: What would Resident Evil 4 look like? I’m not a fan of Resident Evil, but I found it to be an informative and exciting watch!
Music this week is Wretch 32 and Avelino’s Fire In The Booth Freestles in 2017. If you’re curious about Street Fighter “Perfect!” Voices, that’s because they perform to former Radio 1 DJ Charlie Sloth who is unbelievably – annoyingly – thrilled with his sonic bites. Here’s the YouTube link – it’s not on Spotify unfortunately. Unreal shows, especially Wretch shows.
This is me guys, until next time!