Ever since Mitch Krpata first played Gears of War almost five years ago, it has struck him as a game that could not have existed without 9/11, what with its unusual and potent mix of fear, uncertainty, and powerlessness.
Im confused, is this surposed to be a joke?
No, it's just the writer's take on the subject. It's actually a well-written article if you take the time to read through it rather than replying based upon the title.
I did read the article and i found the whole thing ridiculous. The whole idea that gears is based off the war on terror is ludicrous. No one is desperately close to extinction. Its a war between crazed extreamists and power hungery politicians. Not between a mutant life form thats invading from underground and a small group of soliders. I dont ever remember the US, Uk and the other forces involved ever being as desperate as the COG are. The only thing that is slightly similar is the fact the locust attack at random, Except the terrorists aim to kill, Not invade and inslave as the locust do. Also you obviously agree with his article which is fine. I dont agree with him. But Im also not just some fanboy who just reads the title and defends his console/game.
This is freakin' absurd. I always see people go through the laughable exercise of making Gears seem like a really deep game, and not just a casual, violent romp through hordes of juiced up aliens. Never seen anyone try to exploit 9/11 for that purpose, though. This is a first, congrats.
There is no connection/comparison between 9/11 and Gears, its a ridiculous stretch to suggest they share anything in common and as an American I find it insulting. btw, I also find the overblown media coverage and commercialization of 9/11 on TV this week & today insulting, its good to remember those who lost their lives and honor our heroes but really do we need all the TV ads, plugs, network promotions using 9/11?
Anyone comparing the tragic events of 9/11 to a very fictional video game should go to hell
I'm confused, what does any of this has to do with "fanboy"?
Have to agree with omi on this. I read the article and the author could have done the same thing with any other war game - Resistance could easily replace Gears in the title.
Nice written article though and great community atmosphere in the comment section of the site.
Well written article and I respect the writers interpretation even though I disagree. It seems most of the ties he mentions are based around a tense feeling of suspense brought on by gears gameplay. However I would argue that there are many other games, which better convey this feeling i.e. Dead Space, Resistance etc. I'm thinking that the author is just playing on the current date and the release date/hype of Gears 3 to generate hits, although in an intelligent and insightful way.
He really does seem to have some desire to just jump on the 9/11 hype, and for whatever reason thought Gears was the best fit, as far as games are concerned I guess.
I don't know, maybe CoD would have been a better fit? At least there you are sort of fighting terrorists.
The writer emphasises the feelings of helplessness, not the actual event. He has some valid points and isn't insisting the two are related in any way other than the way they might make you feel. It is a well written article which is becoming rare these days. -Death
Still I have to disagree with you, although I liked the story in Gears especially Gears2 I'd hardly say it made me feel anykind of emotion close to 9/11, actually I'd never even remotely had any thought about the 2 having a connection. Now I understand everybody is different but I really do find it hard to believe even the most "emotional" type has actually played Gears while genuinely feeling it had "the mood and the subtext of a real-life atrocity" as the writer suggests. I mean if true, you could basicly make the same case for Resistance, Crysis2, COD, KZ and just about every shooter out there, hell I definitely feel like the Halo franchise offers a emotional connection deeper than most other shooters but its still far from how I think most people felt in connection to seeing reports of so many people who died and in some cases watching people jump from buildings to their death out of fear and on top of that all the suffering their families went through afterwards...really theres just NO comparison.
Yeah...I don't see it.
*thinks about typing*..... *leaves*
*thinks about saying "but you did type..."* *leaves*
Funny. I was actually tempted to type that I was aware that I was typing. But I figured people would just go with it. I guess not. :) You're super cool.
This is really, really unnecessary, and I'm almost at a loss with how someone can take the time to think this through and write up such an articulated piece, especially when you're just wrong.
Agree 100 percent. I hate this article.
This article was written in very poor taste, and I see no parallels whatsoever.
"If you've stayed with me this far, then you at least agree that Gears of War captures the mood and the subtext of a real-life atrocity, albeit through heavy metaphor." To be fair, the author acknowledges the topic is a stretch. And he MAY have a fair point. I remember watching the special features during "The Bourne Supremacy" and they mentioned that halfway through filming, 9/11 occured. As a result they completely reworked the plot and the movie was almost changed entirely to reflect 9/11. Obviously thats a movie and not a videogame, but it does show that 9/11 has affected media and it's at least interesting to speculate what other works have changed because of the event. Though the timing of the article is not in the best of taste. Could have waited a few days after the anniversary when people have cooled down. :/
What about the theory that the humans, and not the Locusts, are the enemy?
The game does lean towards the Locusts inhabiting Sera long before humanity. It's an interesting twist to say the least. I get the feeling they are created though and Fenix mom is somehow the locust queen. Just a personal theory. If you are a fan of the game pick up the books. The author is the same for a number of Star Wars books and is very good. She actually penciled the plot for the new game. Her books take place before and after the games to fill in any holes. -Death
Yeah I've also heard that about the queen....would definitely spice up the story.
what? The War on terror (which are the worst words ever ushered by the bush administration) has absolutely nothing to do with the war on the locust..... maybe if Al Qaeda have a huge drill and....nahhh
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Cool story bro.
He's trying to make comparisons that arent really there.
Don't you guys find it strange that "terrorism treats" only pop up before elections or important events in the US ? I am just sayin
Definition of Quintessential- 1."Representing the most perfect or typical example of a quality or class". Not exactly Gears of War as this article puts it..Though I'm sure it will still be enjoyable.
seriously? WTF is this guy thinking? Gears is a GAME!!! The thought of anybody cashing-in on the 9-11 tragedy is absurd and disgusting. Back to reality, please. Almost 3000 real innocent people died in 2001.
The arguments he makes are tenuous at best. These analogies easily fit most invasion narratives.
9/11 triggered alot of things in our world that suddendly were not the same anymore which somewhat affected most people´s way of thinking and videogames were affected in the process. If 9/11 or any terrorist incident never happened probably the world would be very diferent by now including videogames.
What's with all the disagrees?? Nobody is bad mouthing Gears of War. It's just this article is a reach, like a Stretch Armstrong reach.
It's pretty weak analysis, that's why people are disagreeing.
Exactly. I thought that was obvious. :) EDIT: To clarify I mean that I thought it was obvious that THAT is the reason why people are disagreeing! *whew* I think I just may have avoided some backlash from a random dumb person. :)
This article is in bad taste. I read the whole thing, and can't help but feel sorry that this is what lengths people go to in order to get hits. Shame on the writter. Plus the analysis is really weak.
The writer trying to persuade us to think GoW has "deep story.. He's trying hard..
this makes me want to cancel my gears 3 preorder
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