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BeefJack retrospective: Shenmue

BeefJack: "Ever needed to get to bed by 11 when you‘d much rather stay up all night and play videogames? Woken up at 7 a.m. and dragged yourself out of the house to catch the bus to work for an 8 o’ clock start? Been moaned at by your exasperated boss for just failing to meet the day’s quota? They’re not things you look forward to in the context of real life, let alone in a videogame. Games are supposed to serve as escapism from the rigours of the daily grind. Games are about space marines, plumbers collecting stars and Tolkienesque fantasy, right? Shenmue, however, was a not a game that stuck to convention."

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