Grandma has been in a nursing home for 8 years now. I don’t like to visit.
Don’t get me wrong, I love my Grandma but it’s a miserable place. The staff try their best to make it nice. Happy cartoon posters on the walls, volunteer guitarists and singers for the occasional afternoon performance, genial soothing voices and endearing nicknames. I appreciate the effort for my Grandma’s sake, I really do. But it doesn’t do much to cover up the stark reality of the situation. The sight of wheelchairs lined up in front of a TV set playing infomercials. The moans of octogenarians so out of their minds they’re no longer capable of speech. The smell of disinfectant and adult diapers.
But worst of all is the blank stare in my Grandma’s eyes. The absence of any kind of recognition or warmth. This woman who I grew up visiting every weekend. Who used to go picking apples with me in the orchard, who served countless Sunday dinners. All the hours she spent in vain trying to teach me the basics on piano, the games of “name that tune”, the mail days where she would drive halfway across town to drop off an issue of Ultra Gameplayers for my brother and me. She doesn’t remember a bit of it.
I can’t stand it.
There is a lot of debate in the Dark Souls community about the nature of the Undead curse and how it works. Heck, there is a lot of debate on what the game is about and what it all means in the end.
I have my own interpretation. I don’t know if it was something the developers intended, I don’t know if it’s something anyone else will get. But to me, past all the monsters and magic, Dark Souls’ story is an allegory for Alzheimer’s disease.
Lucy Schwartz is about to do it again you guys.
A video about drawing parallels between violence in games and the theatre. Fascinating, and I can’t believe I hadn’t realized this before.
Thank you, thank you, thank you. @Kite_Tales Well spoken piece that encourages positive thinking and moderation.
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