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Old 02-17-2017, 05:37 AM   #1
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According To Kotaku: We Are Chicago, Fails


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We Are Chicago is a game about how gang violence in Chicago’s South and West Side neighborhoods affects people’s lives. In particular, the game follows Aaron, a young man trying to make it to his high school graduation. But where the game tries to be inspiring and heartwarming, it is treacly and patronizing.

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The problem is that We Are Chicago is Respectability Politics: The Game. You play as Aaron, who seems deliberately modeled to be a “good kid” who doesn’t succumb to stereotypes of blackness. He’s well-versed in black poetry, can quote Malcolm X at will, and respects his family. During a family dinner a character muses that kids these days don’t listen to their parents anymore, instead modeling their lives after rappers and sports stars. Late in the game, Maya, Aaron’s mother, tells you that it’s your choices that make you good or bad. That’s a phrase you might hear a lot in video games, especially ones in the Telltale mode of narrative storytelling, but not one that really seems applicable to the political situation of Chicago’s South Side.
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Old 02-17-2017, 06:17 AM   #2
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In fiction, there are few things more grating to an audience than political commentary that is hyperbolic yet overly "On the nose," with the possible exception of author surrogate raisonneurs that filibuster and preach. Anyone who watched the trailers for We Are Chicago would immediately suspect the game to be rife with such atrocities, made all the more egregious by its narrative game genre without gameplay to distract from the continuous cloying of the narration. So of course, I'm not surprised by this review--even considering its source.
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Yeah, after reading the article, I can understand what the author is trying to say and it makes a good deal of sense.

Essentially, the theme of We Are Chicago seems to be, "Be a 'good kid', rise above the violence, get an education and donate to these non-profit organizations we highlighted." While these are great messages, it doesn't actually do anything to stop the violence in Chicago, nor does it identify or highlight the problems we already know exists in Chicago. Unfortunately, the main character of this particular story is the sort of kid who - after leaving for college - likely would never be back. Sure, his problem is fixed...but, it still leaves his family in a violent neighborhood and ultimately adds to the "Brain Drain" of the community. It solves the individual issue, but doesn't do anything to fix the larger problem.

The city's leadership isn't doing a damn thing to stem the violence. Their idea of major infrastructural change is to merge two small golf courses and shut down schools.
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Unfortunately, the main character of this particular story is the sort of kid who - after leaving for college - likely would never be back..
The main character appears to be a Marty Sue, born perfect in spite of his surroundings with little reasoning for him to be so. I wouldn't be surprised if he died at the end, as Sues are usually to beautiful to live in a world not perfect enough to contain them. HOLY SHIT I JUST GOOGLED IT AND IT DOES END WITH A DEATH AND A SPEECH TO THE AUDIENCE! Fuck, I bet the author thought he was right clever with that cliche.
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The main character appears to be a Marty Sue, born perfect in spite of his surroundings with little reasoning for him to be so. I wouldn't be surprised if he died at the end, as Sues are usually to beautiful to live in a world not perfect enough to contain them. HOLY SHIT I JUST GOOGLED IT AND IT DOES END WITH A DEATH AND A SPEECH TO THE AUDIENCE! Fuck, I bet the author thought he was right clever with that cliche.
The main character apparently doesn't die, but he does attend a vigil for a murdered friend. The article spoils the ending, such as it is.
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Yeah, after reading the article, I can understand what the author is trying to say and it makes a good deal of sense.

Essentially, the theme of We Are Chicago seems to be, "Be a 'good kid', rise above the violence, get an education and donate to these non-profit organizations we highlighted." While these are great messages, it doesn't actually do anything to stop the violence in Chicago, nor does it identify or highlight the problems we already know exists in Chicago. Unfortunately, the main character of this particular story is the sort of kid who - after leaving for college - likely would never be back. Sure, his problem is fixed...but, it still leaves his family in a violent neighborhood and ultimately adds to the "Brain Drain" of the community. It solves the individual issue, but doesn't do anything to fix the larger problem.

The city's leadership isn't doing a damn thing to stem the violence. Their idea of major infrastructural change is to merge two small golf courses and shut down schools.
Chicago and Detroit are two perfect examples of why liberals should never be in charge of anything long term. Their policies lead to absolute ruin
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