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“One Chance”: Playing with the Notion of Irreversible Consequences

Reposted from PopMatters Moving Pixels.

There is a wonderful xkcd strip where one of Randall Munroe’s famous stick figures, in the effort to console his friend, compares a bad break-up to a video game: “Remember when Aeris died in FFVII? It was sad. But you had to keep playing.

“Actually,” the friend counters, “I downloaded a mod to add her back to my party.”

Any player of a certain age can recount at least one friend who’s done this, as well as untold other acquaintances that were convinced there was some secret quest or hidden boss that would undo Aeris’s death. Even today, more than 13 years after the game’s release, there are players who keep the faith that there is some way to reverse fate and authorial intent to bring Aeris back. As Munroe’s comic jokes, there are some unsettling implications once we factor the “bargaining” stage of grief into digital media.

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