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    JoshMarchand's 1979 Revolution: Black Friday (PC)

    [February 15, 2018 11:57:43 PM]
    Today while playing, I was introduced to the hideout of the revolutionaries. As I met different people, I was informed that they all were told I had photographic evidence of the person who stabbed their leader. The idea was that I could pick out the suspicious person and call out who was the mole. Normally when playing this game, I have gut-wrenching moments during the torture scenes. However with today's game play, this came during the flash back in the hide out.

    In the rush of being discovered by the police, I was asked to tell the leader who had betrayed him. This absolutely blind sided me, I was not prepared in the slightest with the short time I had had to accuse anyone of something of this magnitude. I ended up simply guessing who it was with the little information I did have and I apparently got it completely wrong, as was revealed to me later during an interrogation scene. This felt completely unfair and there was no true justifiable way to reach a healthy conclusion at that point.

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    [February 14, 2018 05:14:46 PM]
    Today's game play of 1979 Revolution continued the trend of me getting extremely uncomfortable during the torture scenes. The craziest and most uncomfortable part was when your brother is brought into the room as well and is strung up as a threat to get you to tell the truth. The unsettling part was when the camera is placed in between the brother's arms, placing our viewpoint almost exactly where his head would be, staring at the main character. This had such an effect on me that I was more than willing to tell the truth to the torturer. The problem, however, lied with the fact that he didn't want my truth, he wanted his. So even though I gave the correct answer, my brother still got hit with the cattle prod. I felt awful and began answer in the ways I thought he wanted and not necessarily the truth. Once again, these torture scenes were able to get me to cooperate in very unsettling ways.

    This brought up thoughts about the torturer. I was informed that he was actually a prisoner during the revolution against the Shah some time earlier. This circle of torture and revolution once again attest to the subtle message I saw yesterday where there really is no good way to go about a revolution with violence as there is always an oppressor and the oppressed.
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    [February 13, 2018 10:00:04 PM]
    Today I started playing 1979 Revolution: Black Friday and it started out with a serious "bang". I couldn't believe within the first 5 minutes that I, as the main character, was arrested and detained for treason. While the mechanics of the game are a little slow and not entirely engaging, they do help place the player into the narrative of the game. Controls were focused on choosing what to say in discussions and on motions to preform actions, like developing film.

    Something that struck me was the part of the game where you are being tortured by an interrogator. Initially, I was defiant and not willing to cooperate with him. I was belligerent even to the point where I ended up getting myself killed. This completely shocked me! I was not expecting a shot to be able to kill myself in dialogue this early in the game. When I restarted the interrogation, I was completely compliant with him and answered all of his questions.

    After looking back on this experience, I now shudder to think that the torture that was being performed on my character actually worked. The death, and the events leading up to it, left such an impression on me as the player that I was willing to comply on the second go around. This might possibly fit a subtle theme that the game has been toying with up until this point, which is that the ends justify the means.
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    GameLog started on: Tuesday 13 February, 2018

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