"Beyond Good & Evil": Feminism through the Back Door

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I keep meaning to look for this game

though I have a tendency to look thru the used bins first. I'll add it to my list.

As for the Nietzschean perspective, I take it that she creates a new system of value from her will, her unwillingness to accept the world as she was told it is. Is that the basic idea of her journey? It would fit with capturing and controlling her adventures with the camera.

29. It is the business of the very few to be independent; it is a privilege of the strong. And whoever attempts it, even with the best right, but without being OBLIGED to do so, proves that he is probably not only strong, but also daring beyond measure. He enters into a labyrinth, he multiplies a thousandfold the dangers which life in itself already brings with it; not the least of which is that no one can see how and where he loses his way, becomes isolated, and is torn piecemeal by some minotaur of conscience. Supposing such a one comes to grief, it is so far from the comprehension of men that they neither feel it, nor sympathize with it. And he cannot any longer go back! He cannot even go back again to the sympathy of men! - "Beyond Good & Evil, ch II, #29
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Posted by Madman in the M... on 9 December 2005 - 4:35pm
What a great comment!

"As for the Nietzschean perspective, I take it that she creates a new system of value from her will, her unwillingness to accept the world as she was told it is. Is that the basic idea of her journey?"

Yes, and thank you for the Nietzche excerpt! I meant to do more on the philosophy angle but I ran out of steam! ;)

My reading of the game is: basically the Hillys people are manipulated through use of stereotypes circulated by the press (but which the government is controlling).

From the very start the role the news media play in politics is introduced.

Jade is skeptical, though, and she makes little comments throughout the game that indicate she's not willing to accept ideas at face value (e.g., the DomZ aliens). So things that other Hillys residents take at face value she refuses to buy into.

"It would fit with capturing and controlling her adventures with the camera."

Yes! Taking photos as Jade is an important aspect of the game.

I would recommend this game, I enjoyed it. This article had been sitting in my drafts folder for quite some time, I probably should have posted this right after I'd played the game.

- Sour Duck

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Posted by Sour Duck on 9 December 2005 - 8:12pm
Nietzsche spends the whole first chapter

of "Beyond Good and Evil attacking philosphers for helping spread Chritianity's assuptions and scientists for assuming for placing so much emphasis on "truth (as a pre-accepted reality.)

with out recognizing the lies we tell ourselves to get through life.

Basically, we already create our own reality by accepting what we

are taught and making it real to ourselves without having the integrity or bravery to create our own.

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Posted by Madman in the M... on 9 December 2005 - 9:26pm
Sounds like a good game.

I will definately have to look at gettin this one. I have just come off of beating Quake 4 and Chronicles of Riddick; Escape from Butcher Bay. While they are male dominated games, they are quite good. Especially Riddick, which sets new standards in story telling, and interface design.

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Posted by hoopla (not verified) on 10 December 2005 - 11:06am
I loved the Riddick game

great narrative, good gameplay

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Posted by Madman in the M... on 10 December 2005 - 2:44pm