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    alex_stallings's 1979 Revolution: Black Friday (PC)

    [September 26, 2018 11:37:15 PM]
    This last session of the game that I played was the most shocking and most revealing out of the previous times I had played the game. I was able to fully complete one run through of the game. The thing that caused this time around to be revealing, was the fact that once I had fully played through the end of the game, there was a list of 5 points in the game that I had made decisions on what do to. It showed that I decided to be non-violent in the protests, I chose to protect my family over anyone else, and it showed that I was loyal to those I was close to and never gave up any information while in the interrogation. Going into this game I had decided to make choices based on what I believed in. It is so shocking to me that through playing a game for 2 hours, it was able to analyze the choices I made and come up with an evaluation of what sort of morals I hold. Most of the points that the game presented at the end were accurate to who I am as a person. I do not like to be violent if I have a choice. I protect my family, whether that be chosen family or family by blood, and I would do anything to make sure that they are safe. As for the last point, I have never told a secret that someone has asked me not to tell anyone about. I have had these morals in my life since elementary school and they have been developed over a long period of time, but the game was able to figure them out through 2 hours of gameplay. I think this is a game that everyone should play at one point or another due to how the game evaluates your inner morals, and it can provide some insight into what you really believe. This game overall had so much history embedded into it, and it provided side by side comparison photos from the game to photos of the actual protests that took place in Iran. Everything about the game was based on a true story and that is why I think it made it so much more real for me. Someone lived through this reality. I got to see the world through their eyes for a few hours while I sat in my bed in my pajamas. That is what really made me so invested in this game. I highly suggest that everyone plays this game.
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    [September 26, 2018 12:17:50 AM]
    This second time that I played this game, it was much harder for me to stay focused. I had to pause the game momentarily to take a breather because of how real it felt to me. Every action had a direct correlation to what happened next. One of the most prominent chapters this time around was a scene where the main character I was playing as was being interrogated. As the interrogator was attempting to get me to confess, he brought in the main characters brother. Even though I had no ties to this fictional character and I had not met him previously in the game, I was impatiently drawn to him and felt as if I had to do everything I could to make sure he did not get hurt on my behalf. As I continued to make decisions on what the main character answered to the interrogator's questions, if the interrogator was not happy with what I said, he would use a cattle prod to shock my supposed brother. This was very upsetting to me, as I did not want my "brother" to get hurt, and I found myself trying to choose the answer that the interrogator wanted to hear. Another very shocking part of the chapters I played was that my character died a few times. During fights, if you are not fast enough, you can be trampled by a crowd running away from the police or by someone choking you. You are of course offered a chance to try again to survive, but it is still very jarring to realize that when you are fighting, you are fighting for your life. I found myself very invested in this game, and even playing for much longer than intended because of how interested I was in the plot line, and how I wanted to know what happened next. The only thing I could possibly compare this game to is choose your own adventure but with much more moral dilemmas and consequences for my actions.
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    [September 25, 2018 12:34:27 AM]
    1979 Revolution is one of my favorite games I have ever played, despite the fact that it makes me very anxious. My very first time playing this game, I was on the edge of my seat. The player is allowed to make choice in the game of what the main character is going to say, but the game remembers these choices and the actions that you make effect later gameplay. Normally this type of game allows you to look at all the options with no time limit, allowing you to deeply consider which option you want to choose. This is not the case with 1979 Revolution. There are times where you must quickly decide how to answer, and these answers tend to be the ones that would seem most important to the game. This game holds the player more ethically responsible than any I have ever played, which is what I think makes it so interesting to me. Overall the game itself has a very good design and even has parts of dialog in the game in Farsi, the language of Iran. We also see some of the symbols present in the written language that decorate the opening screen and loading screen. Overall, I am thoroughly excited to continue playing and to see what happens in the next part of the story as I continue to explore Iran as a player and make decisions as to what I want to do.
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    alex_stallings's 1979 Revolution: Black Friday (PC)

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    GameLog started on: Tuesday 25 September, 2018

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