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The “Horror” of Spec Ops: The Line Mirrors Heart of Darkness: A shooter that makes you think

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"Spec Ops: The Line has come out as a resounding sleeper hit of 2012, kicking the door in on the quiet lull of video game storytelling.

Not only were we presented with an intriguing narrative, but we had a completely new way of approaching video game morality.
The game drew massive amounts of inspiration from classic novelist Joseph Conrad‘s famous Heart of Darkness, a tale of European imperialism in Africa.

Both tales have a lot in common, and operate on the same wavelength."

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gaminoz1533d ago

It's a great theme: the well intentioned meddling in other affairs that makes things worse. It's like Syria right now: do we intervene and help the civilians, or do we let things play out and suffering continue? Which would be worse long term?

I sure as hell don't know.

BadCircuit1533d ago

It's great when a game can actually make you wonder about things like that besides, kill the bad men. Kill the crazy bad leader. Watch boom boom explosion. Oooo pretty.

Proeliator1533d ago

If anyone interfered, it would be heroic. If America interfered, it'd be us unnecessarily inserting ourselves in someone else's business.

;)

BadCircuit1533d ago

Maybe it is how they go about it? There is a sort of arrogance about knowing what is best for another country (as the game shows), but it's a catch 22: you are damned if you do, and damned if you don't. Damn.

Proeliator1533d ago

@BadCircuit like the Damned 33rd?

:O

Eske1533d ago

Great read. Personally, I'm less interested in how Spec Ops apes Heart of Darkness or Apocalypse Now, and more interested in what it has to say about video game shooters.