Sundays are for watching The Undertaker throw humanity off the top of Hell In A Cell. Before you wince, let’s read this week’s best writing on games (and things related to games).
On chips, Yussef Cole watches Elden Ring from a religious point of view. Spoiler territory from the start! Not only is it a look at the theology of the game, but it’s a quick look at where you, a tarnished dude with a big honkin sword, fit in amongst it all.
The surface promise of Elden Ring and most of FromSoftware’s Dark Souls-adjacent games is that even the small and unworthy might, through sheer stubbornness, be let into the holy gates with the powerful. This mirrors the narrative of most religions: although God is Great and holiness is unattainable, even the lowest among us can be saved, if we were only to surrender our will and our future in service to Him. And like other Souls games, Elden Ring allows players to question their place in that narrative.
For VG247, Alan Wen wrote about Ghostwire: Tokyo and its authentic representation mocking Ghost Of Tsushima and cultural tourism of Sifu. In classic Edders fashion, it reminds me that Nioh is super authentic in its portrayal of Yokai, their descriptions, and through its little gameplay quirks. You should read Matthew Ghostwire Tokyo Review if you have a few extra minutes, as he puts it, much of its authenticity is hidden under “the more contrived climbing frame they used it for”. Also! Liam has a Tokyo walking tour if you want to relax a bit.
These collectibles and descriptions even extend to what seems mundane; Descriptions can explain the popularity of a certain supercar model, why certain magazines feature fashionable handbags as bonuses, or give you information on your favorite Japanese snacks while you gobble them up and get healthy. Perhaps one of the most ironic observations of the game is the widespread use of plastic bags in Japan, even when carrying a single item.
On the Washington Post, Michelle Ye Hee Lee and Julia Mio Inuma wrote a quick article on Shoji Morimoto, a Japanese paid to do nothing. This is by no means new, but I find the idea of paying for a stranger fascinating. It’s touching, sometimes quite sad, and often liberating.
A woman hired him to accompany her as she filled out her divorce papers. He once sat down with a client for a hemorrhoid surgery consultation – with lots of graphic photos. Someone hired him for a dramatic farewell as they boarded a bullet train to travel from Tokyo to Osaka; he introduced himself and said goodbye.
Our Liam is trying to answer the question: what would a Resident Evil 4 remake look like? I’m not a Resident Evil aficionado, but I found this to be an informative and exciting watch!
This week’s music is Wretch 32 and Avelino’s 2017 Fire In The Booth freestyles. If you’re curious about the Street Fighter “Perfect!” noises, it’s because they play with former Radio 1 DJ Charlie Sloth who is incredibly – annoyingly – trigger happy with his soundbites. here is the YouTube link – it’s not on Spotify unfortunately. Unreal performances, especially those of Wretch.
It’s me guys, until next time!