Life Really is Strange
So after last week’s finals, I have spent this week being extremely useful to society and furthering humanity by browsing the intellectual stimulating cat videos on YouTube. Ok, so it wasn’t cat videos I was watching but instead I just watched a few of my favorite “Let’s Players” play games that I am unable or unwilling to fork out money to. And one of those games was Life is Strange developed by Dontnod Entertainment and published by Square Enix. By the end of the play through, I was in tears.
I’ll give you the spoiler free run down.
Maxine “Max” Caulfield is a senior at Blackwell Academy and has dreams of becoming a photographer. Something happens that changes her life forever allowing her to discover her ability to change time. With a mystery to solve, relationships, and a killer tornado to stop, Max has a very busy week ahead of her. As the week goes on, her powers become more and more powerful from just being able to rewind a few seconds to being able to stop time and jumping back years at a time. Naturally, things don’t always go according to plan.
Sound a bit out there right? What on earth would have me bursting into tears? Well, I’m glad you asked! Let me explain.
Throughout the game, Max has made friends and forge deep connections with several people. She even moves heaven and earth for a special childhood friend of hers. Near the end of the game, Max has to make a very serious choice: to sacrifice her one close friend or to sacrifice the entire town she lives in.
The stakes have rose quite drastically from rewinding time to make people like you better…
If you could only save someone close to you or an entire city, would you? It got me thinking about who in my life that I would want to save. A family member? A close friend? And would it be worth it? How much more extra time would you get with that person? Would their life worth the lives of hundreds? Thousands?
In Max’s position, could you make that kind of a choice?
If I were able to go back in time and change things, would I? Should I? Changing one part of my past could change me in ways I couldn’t imagine. Those hundreds of people that would have been in my life might just pass me by, never meeting each other. The close friends I have now might end up as faceless strangers. I may become a completely different person all because I chose to make one change, to save one life.
Would it be a life worth living if the “you” you know just disappeared and was replaced with something different?
As much as it pains me to say it, I don’t think it is worth it. Don’t get me wrong; I’ve made mistakes, I’ve lost love ones, I fanaticize as much as the next person about being granted a “do over” in life. But with tears in my eyes, I don’t think I would. Who knows the person I would be if I did?
Wow; that was really deep! You definitely got me thinking. I like your thought process. I agree 100% with you.
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