If you've read this blog for any length of time, then you know that I'm a big gamer. And that video game narratives, in particular, is what first inspired me to become a writer. and to me, one of the most complex and emotionally draining stories ever told in a video game form is Xenogears. And when I say complex, I'm not screwing around. The lore (backstory) of this game alone is over 10,000 years worth of future history and deals with such themes as Deicide, transhumanism, mental health (most notably depression and pain, but also the Freudian theory of the Ego, Superego and the ID) , religion, life and existence, sexuality, genocide, cannibalism and good God the list is too long to go on. But this complexity only serves to make you think, and to me, that is one of the hallmarks of the great Science Fiction stories. Asimov couldn't have written this better. But anyway, what I want to do today is talk about some these themes and ideas as they are presented in the game. But since this game is so complex I'm gonna have to divide this up into multiple parts.
Oh, and one other thing. Unless I need to provide context. I'm not going to give a shot for shot retelling of Xenogears' plot because then we'd be here all day. If you want to know the lore and overall plot of the game, then provided below are two amazing lore videos by Youtuber Terracorrupt The first video deals with Xenogear's future history and the second will deal with the plot of the game itself. I'll be referencing these videos a LOT, so it's best you familiarize yourself with them before reading on or you will be very confused. I'll wait.
|The Zohar as it appears in game.|
|The Wave Existence.|
And that's where I'm going to stop for now guys, I hope you enjoyed this. And if you want me to go on, well let me know in the comments.
I'm out. later.