Post by Raison D'etritus on Jan 29, 2011 21:36:16 GMT -5
Honestly it is one of the big reasons I got interested in philosophy. I had watched my brother play through them before my Quest For Knowledge (TM) but they were a driving force behind the interest in that stuff.
I laugh derisively when people say video games can't be educational and have no intellectual value.
As for characters, Jin was naturally one of my favorites, but I'm a root for the villain kind of guy. Loved Margulis (love the voice actor too, Michael McConnohie has been in a lot of anime), and Dimitri Yuriev was the shit.
And don't get me started on Wilhelm. I mean, he's the fucking Demiurge! If you know your gnosticism, that translates to Yahweh/Jehova! I tell ya, the Old Testament NEVER dipicted him quite like that. He may not have been very active in the story, but. . . well, Old Testament God. . . he only shows up when somebody needs their ass kicked with a plague or twenty.
EDIT: And how the hell you can you be only HALF sodomized???
Post by Raison D'etritus on Jan 29, 2011 23:31:27 GMT -5
Well it's been years since I played the games (played them as they were released, and haven't played them since), so my details on the plot are weaker than my details of gnosticism.
But, I -think-, in terms of gnosticism (which the story had no compunction to follow expressly) U-DO would be the true, gnostic god (i.e. Wave Existence ala Xenogears/spiritual manifestation) and Wilhelm being the Demiurge was the temporal and material god, the judicator who represented Order and kept gnosis shackled in fleshly prisons. (traditionally Old Testament god in gnostic literature)
Thus the duality, naturally, Chaos (Yeshua/ Christ) was spirit given flesh come to free gnosis from it's prison (matter) or to inbue gnosis into matter to elevate it spiritually.
Of course, my own gnowledge (haha) is liimited to Valentinian and Catharism (Cathartic Gnosticism--bad pun), so there's no saying what other influences are in there that I wouldn't even notice if I did recall them more clearly (I know there was alot of Alchemy too, which I know next to nothing about).
Albedo is my favourite villain, even if he's ultimately just a crazy little boy in a man's body.
I did love the complexity of Albedo's character. Few stories delve so deeply into what makes the monsters, and the humanism really gave him a sad depth, I think.
And Margulis/Ziggy sex?! You terrify my sir! My nightmares shall be full of manly horror!
He who gets screwed by tentacle monsters should see to it he does not become one.