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 No.20602

What are the politics of MGR?

I remember when this game came out it was very popular on 4chan's /v/ board. The users there seemed convinced Armstrong was the good guy. The same Armstrong responsible for kidnapping children to turn them into child soldiers? The same Armstrong employing privatized cops that terrorized random people? The same Armstrong that let a psychopath like Sundowner lead a PMC? The same Armstrong that Jetstream Sam, before his downfall, fought?

The game itself is a mixed bag. There are libby moments, and then there are based moments. But the based moments never go past criticizing the American military industrial complex and a kind of Third Worldism. The lyrics of the vocal tracks do make references to capitalism if you squint enough (chiefly Collective Consciousness referencing consumerism via "live in ignorance and purchase your happiness" and the lines "when blood and sweat is the real cost, thinking ceases the truth is lost" along with "the fires of greed will burn the weak, so we'll make freedom obsolete" my interpretations being that "blood and sweat" refers to labor while "the fires of greed" could very well refer to capitalism itself). The track It Has To Be This Way gives me Marxian vibes all-around (we are men trying to make history, there are no moral judgments to be made in our struggle, violence begets violence and in the end is necessary, the world has changed and nobody is to blame for it as it is merely historical processes playing out and finally I believe a new world will arise from the ashes of this one) the only thing really missing being a reference to the class struggle.

Sci-fi wise beyond the current political paradigm there is the Blade Wolf dilemma, that is: do sapient robots like Blade Wolf deserve emancipation?

When I finished the game I didn't really understand what was the takeaway other than "why don't you try thinking for yourself". Which runs counter to the whole memes narrative, that we have no free will etc.

Did I miss something?

 No.20603

>>20602
>When I finished the game I didn't really understand what was the takeaway other than "why don't you try thinking for yourself".
>proceeds to make a post on /v/ /games/ asking us to come up with an opinion for you

 No.20607

>>20603
god forbid OP wants to actually discuss a video game instead of getting into a shitpost contest at the first person with an opinion on a game they don't like

 No.20608

>>20602
>When I finished the game I didn't really understand what was the takeaway other than "why don't you try thinking for yourself".
>Which runs counter to the whole memes narrative, that we have no free will etc.
It is simple as that. Stop being a slave to categories, memes and other people's opinions and start thinking critically if you want to achieve real change, but also make sure you do not lose sight of your goals or become blind to others.
>>20607
mailto:sage is not a downvote button you know?

 No.20614

I think mgr has an anti-hero / anti-villain vibe to it, with it being that Raiden does the right thing for the wrong reasons (so much so that by the end of the game he's basically still slashing everyone into minced meat, just as before, but armstrong-pilled and aware of his bloodlust), and that Armstrong does the wrong thing for the right reasons (on a very superficial level, ignoring the very obvious and immediate implications that 'purging the weak' would have).

 No.20623

>>20608
I'll make sure to bump threads with off topic bickering next time.


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