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    will89's 1979 Revolution: Black Friday (PC)

    [January 30, 2018 02:25:05 PM]
    I played longer and completed the game during the last session. Iíve finally discovered the brunt of my ethic argument. The game flashes you with history very quickly, but the building point in the end is the anti-western sentiment. I wonder if this was intentionally done by the developers to get players into the game, hooked, and then have them finish it out without them stopping 20 minutes into the game due to the anti-western notions.
    The events which take place in the game are horrific and it ends with a possible betrayal, but it ended so abruptly I didnít know how to feel. In the future, Iíll be looking up the history of the Iranian revolution. I donít know if this to was the intent of the developers, or whether they thought they gave you enough information during game play. With the anti-western attitudes involved, it made me feel mad against the actions of the military in Iran, but it didnít allow me to see the entire connection between the Shah and the US.
    The dilemma Iíll be writing about for the next sections of the OPA will involve the relationship between western sentiment and the game. It will also branch out to seeing the bias of the game with how Iran is acting towards the US in current times.
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    [January 24, 2018 11:17:50 AM]
    For the second play, it went through more of the rallies the player went through. I felt like this point was drawn out. While important to embed the historical effects and give a history lesson to the player as they progressed, it did not match the progression of the first play through. Iíve experienced this in other games, but it was significant change and didnít bode well. I found it synonymous to going 0-60 in 3.2 seconds, and then entering a gated community that only allowed for 10 mph. There are little squabbles thrown into the scenes, but they seem almost artificial. The game did end up returning to a faster pace, but it seemed to be either really fast, or really slow.
    With the ability to make choices in this game, it makes me wonder how much of an affect they have on the long term of the game. Am I just going to receive a backhand from my interrogator, or will this lead up to Rezaís death if Iím not careful? It also makes me wonder if the developers are willing to sacrifice historical inaccuracies for gameplay to the extent that people may die or act differently than what actually happened in reality.
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    [January 21, 2018 08:46:28 PM]
    1979: Revolution kicks off by immerging the player in the action. With timed options in many of the beginning events, the player feels connected with Reza Shirazi. While you are feeling sympathy for Reza, you are also uneasy with the setup with the game. I should preface, before writing more, that I spent most of 2015 and a good deal of 2016 deployed to the Middle East. Having seen how dirty war and revolution can be, the story hit my heart.
    I wonder if it does the same to others. The game very quickly delves into the interrogation of Reza. It is violent, and you instantly gain sympathy for Reza. No matter what he says, he is oppressed. It reminded me of being in the Middle East and how others are treated along the same lines or worse. While the events in the video game are based on actual events but may not have been the reality of what happened, it still made my gut wrench.
    Reza is reminded of his friend and the scene and chapter change. Things are more light-hearted, but Reza is handed a tape and told its contents are important. It is here that he is introduced to the revolution. The story illustrates that he was living a normal life until the tape started to change things. What I did enjoy about this section was how it outlined historical events that occurred during the protests. While it was important, I felt more connected to the torture portion because of how horrific it was.

    This entry has been edited 1 time. It was last edited on Feb 6th, 2018 at 11:28:14.


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    GameLog started on: Wednesday 17 January, 2018

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