Tag Archives: Emotional Resonance

SCP-087-B and Other Emotions

If you have never played the oddity known as SCP-087-B, I would suggest you stop reading and have a go before I go any further. Done? Good. If not, be aware the following is somewhat spoilery. SCP-o87-B is a tiny bit of free software, that’s surprisingly tough to find any kind of info for outside the developer’s website, and even there it does its best to be as vague as possible. This is partly due to the Matrix-esque way the game works – a far more enjoyable experience when approached with an attitude of complete ignorance. The reason for this…

Modern Warfare 2 – Killing Civilians

Once again, the world has been confronted with difficult questions about the nature of videogames as an entertainment form. Footage of recently release Modern Warfare 2 featuring the player gunning down innocent civilians in an airport was leaked several weeks ago and caused the usual ignorant and ill-informed backlash from the usual ignorant and ill-informed social commentators in the press. Accusations that “it makes light of terrorist activities” were thrown around will-nilly, betraying a gross misunderstanding of the medium, not to mention the scene itself (as this isn’t exactly what I would call a “light” treatment of terrorist violence). Yes,…