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Confronting violence in Nier

"I've killed a lot of people in video games.

There weren’t many games that chastised me for killing until Nier, though. Shadow of the Colossus certainly tried, but it’s difficult to feel guilty when you can unlock power ups via Time Attacks that encourage your violent behaviour. Fumito Ueda’s questioning of violence in games is muddled by the inclusion of video game tropes. In Nier, Cavia embrace the familiar design points of games and use New Game + to illustrate how easily we commit violence in games. Nier does not coddle you, though. Yoko Taro, the director of Nier, is a man who doesn’t want your approval or respect. He wants to teach you a lesson."

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