Analysis: On Shenmue - Dare to Be Dull

UK writer Fraser McMillan discusses Yu Suzuki's much-maligned cult classic Dreamcast and Xbox Shenmue series and why he feels it's a "quietly radical work".

Fraser McMillan: Shenmue is, at its heart, a perversely indulgent exploration of the mundane. Interestingly, it's the duology's detractors that are most likely to agree, and indeed its obsession with lower than low-level, non-essential interactions is probably the source of their ire. I'm not going to argue that Yu Suzuki's unfinished opus is perfect by any standard, but that it was and remains a quietly radical work deserving of all the recognition it gets for perhaps less-than-obvious reasons.

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