Anyone besides me discovered Jeff Vogel through playing Avernun Escape From the Pit a few years ago and just fell in love with the game's theme and message? The message of perserverence against all odds, freedom, triumph against adversity, redemption, and will are just sublime messages in my opinion of something bigger that touched me with the game. The idea of fighting back against corruption, the poeers that be, men in suits, and those who want to keep others down and throw away keys or trade people in courtrooms for raises or banks selling their own customers for profit like babk of america's recent out of nowhere fee of $12 a month just for having a checking account that was always free and literally in every bank of the world is free. Stuff like that. Stuff like das and alwyers selling their own clients in the chambers with the judge while no one tells what is going on or what theya re discussing. Stuff like minor criminals being thrown and treated the same as. urderers and lifers all being put in reception centers where you csnt even choose your cellie or move and are literally in a survival mode every time you wake up and half the time dont want to wake up. Stuff like politicians manipulating society and lying to get votes that enbaled those with badges or power or politicians themselves to have more poeer and more laws and more petty things to drag society down with (every yesr in california there is an incentive to put new laws on ballots even if every law in the book was covered there has to be a wuota filled by electuon time for instance).
To me the game represented i dividuals who fought the system, fought corruption and joined forces even with their enemies when it was time and the Empire came (second game I believe). Thats what a lot of gamers with self righteousness will never get: A powerful message put out through a medium such as gaming. That is what I discovered playing Avernun escape from the Pit and hardly any game like it, besides maybe Shenmue and stalker, that touched me in a similar way. The whole society is decaying and people are becoming more and more fake and distanced as well as egocentrical, yet they do not heed such powerful messages. They just brush them off as just another game or film or novel, when in reality they are like tools or pawns made to be ruled by man in suits or sold in court rooms just like the game shows. Anyway, I found a prison artist who is sharing a similar message through his art imo to Vogel's work and it is worth taking a look:
"Thomas Silverstein, who has been described as America’s “most isolated man,” has been held in an extreme form of solitary confinement under a “no human contact” order for 28 years."
What's kind of funny is he kind of looks like Jeff doesn't he?