When religious sects make video games
2021-06-06 at 11:17 AM UTCIn 1985, a mysterious group of women calling themselves the "Games Mistresses" released the first of a series of text adventure games. The story behind their creation is the wildest one you'll read today.
wtf these ladies sound cool, this is some plantessi shit
THE SECRET OF ST. BRIDE’S
“Not so much a programme more a way of life,” the text below helpfully clarified. While not entirely apparent, this was an ad for an adventure game. Sending £5.95 to “St. Bride’s School, Burtonport, County Donegal, Ireland” would get you a cassette tape for your Spectrum 48K containing a text adventure written, according to its label, by “the Games Mistresses.”
At the address was “a white crumbling turn-of-the-century house overlooking the tiny fishing village of Burtonport,” where women could take a paid holiday that would immerse them in the life of a proper boarding school girl of an earlier time. “There were no electric lights in the place,” one game journalist wrote upon visiting: “the maid who answered the door was surely not of this decade.” The students wore bonnets and period clothes while attending lessons on mathematics, literature, and penmanship; plastic and other modern materials were forbidden; the headmistress was a severe woman in black who enforced strict discipline—stricter, at times, than some of the students might have preferred. “Quite where computers fit into this situation is difficult to understand,” another journalist wrote; and nobody could really put their finger on what the “situation” even was. Were the group “Victorian cultists?” Were they LARPers? Were they con artists preying on emotionally immature women? Were they a game studio with a very unusual front? Or was there, as one embarrassed Irish reporter asked, “almost a gay element to the activities here?” Answers were not then forthcoming. Few are even today.
2021-06-06 at 2 PM UTCThe fuq
2021-06-06 at 2:55 PM UTCCool.
2021-06-06 at 3:08 PM UTCI wonder why there aren't more cult and sect made games. It seems like an excellent way to recruit new people.
2021-06-06 at 7:23 PM UTC
Originally posted by Xlite I wonder why there aren't more cult and sect made games. It seems like an excellent way to recruit new people.
It is there, don't you see it? Some game designers have multiple titles with thousands of players, worshipping daily, most of them are recruited at a young age, some of them become so deeply invested in their online community that they think about it even when they are offline, they pay tithes in the form of micro transactions all over some virtual bullshit that doesn't amount to anything real and would disappear if the power went out.
2021-06-06 at 7:26 PM UTC
2021-06-06 at 8:06 PM UTC
Originally posted by Obbe It is there, don't you see it? Some game designers have multiple titles with thousands of players, worshipping daily, most of them are recruited at a young age, some of them become so deeply invested in their online community that they think about it even when they are offline, they pay tithes in the form of micro transactions all over some virtual bullshit that doesn't amount to anything real and would disappear if the power went out.
But these companies doesn't actively recruit people and even if some of them might, they don't produce content for the purpose of recruitment by any particular political organization. Sure, a lot of games these days are full of politics but i've yet to see a game actively attempt to convince me of any specific political idea with the intent of permanently changing my political views or morale stance towards whatever the designers wanted. This is by default a hard thing to do though, changing people's mind. It needs work.
One thing is allowing the player to be the bad guy, another thing is converting that into real life. Its not impossible though, it happens occasionally around the world, but the game was never to blame, not the game alone anyway. Usually there's mental issues as well.
Currently you would expect the motives of developers to be about money, and maybe a little fun.
I don't see them attempting brainwash and propaganda anytime soon, not on a large scale anyway. I'm sure most people would spot it, and if not, there will always be people with a better eye and a youtube channel.
2021-06-07 at 12:27 PM UTC
2021-06-07 at 2:57 PM UTCokay I have watched that video for 13 seconds and i'm already turned on and want to fuck everyone there.