Friday, April 8, 2016

Wolf Among Us Survey

Mythology has largely replaced religion in modern day philosophy, computer games have taken over for storytelling, and Telltale Games is one of the best companies out there for adventure style gaming.

The Wolf Among Us follows a modern trend of cultural revival and dystopia which is brought about by the Twenty First Century's fascination with existential crisis. With edgy graphic novel style animation and attractive but gritty main characters, the game draws you in quickly.

The adapted Grimm's Fairy Tale stars have been drawn back out of Disnefication and thrown into the real world in New York City where they have hidden among us for a hundred years. Unfortunately being a princess or a pig does not prepare you for city life so Fabletown is very dark and insular, and is policed only by you- the Big Bad Wolf.

Fables caught without their glamour are sent back to the Farm where they live with the other washouts in a presumably less real otherworld, as it is a terrifying punishment for the characters. Unfortunately, like most self policed areas, Fabletown is devolving into gang activity and you are acting as much as a hard boiled detective as a certified Sheriff.

The hook is- can you beat your bad rap and still make it in an area that is as mean as Fabletown, and in defending your own innocence, can you protect what little innocence the Fables have left?

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

EON - Alison Goodman

The year is unknown, but she is in medieval Middle Earth. The climate is steeped in magick and eastern forms permeate the story so thoroughly that, even without the naming of the culture, you know roughly where you are in the world.

Eon is a story of a young Asian woman in what is known in the Orient as "Middle Earth". It's a common belief in Asian culture that we live in a middle realm, one that was borrowed by J.R.R.Tolkein. As Eon struggles to rise to the position of a sword bearing warrior, defying tradition on every level, she stumbles onto one of her country's oldest secrets. One of the first and most powerful warriors was a woman.

Contemporary on many levels, Eon is a feminist look into a traditional culture. Aussie, Goodman does a good job of painting a holistic view of a tradition steeped magick and a state dependent culture, although she does throw in a few modern spins that may or may not have flown back in that era.

Overall the book exemplifies the modern westernized fascination with a set of philosophies that they cannot quite grasp as they have no corresponding correlate in Western Philosophy. In the next eight minutes installation of "Everything Philosophy in 30 Minutes or Less", we'll be tracking Language, Inventions and Philosophers to try and help the Western mind track foreign emotions and ideas, before transitioning completely into the ideas found on other continents. 

For light readers in search of some interesting mental candy, Eon is a win.

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