We never thought anything would ever fall under the category of "Schindler's List meets Alice in Wonderland," but that's exactly how Luc Bernard is describing his new DS game.
Bernard, who is most known for the upcoming Wii Ware title Eternity's Child, is certainly a strange character. At least, we've gathered that much after he made the statement, "Yes games can be art and talk about important subjects like films can, and not just space rats in bondage suits that come down to whip you and put gags on your children while drinking all the vodka in the world."
It can't be argued that he has an interesting mind, though, so our curiosity is piqued in regards to his DS game. Like Eternity's Child, it will deal with genocidal themes. If that alone wasn't enough to warn you that this game would be a heartbreaker, it's titled Imagination is the Only Escape. Yet, we won't find out more information about it until after GDC, according to Bernard.
Reader Comments (Page 1 of 1)
2-20-2008 @ 11:48AM
So, what kind of game is this? What genre? Or is it too early to tell?
And where is this "space rat in bondage suit" game? Why is the player being whipped? Why are our children gagged? And where's my vodka?
This is intriguing.
2-20-2008 @ 12:44PM
If games need to turn into crap like Schindler's List to be considered "art", count me out. Hell, if *movies* need things like Schindler's List to be considered an artform, then call me an art-hater.
2-20-2008 @ 2:02PM
Coincidentally, I happen to be Jewish. Family members I never knew died in the Holocaust. My great aunt, a prizewinning poet, wrote about them memorably. That being said, I still hated Schindler's List. The film was saccharine pornography -- wish-fulfillment escapism for Aryans who want to feel vindicated. "I could haff done more!" "You did *so* much." "My watch -- four poisons! My cufflinks -- one poison! My cheekbone accentuating brush -- half a poison! I could haff done more -- wa-a-a-a-a-ah-h-h-h-h-h. . . ."
Sentimental games about the Holocaust don't just violate Godwin's law, they do it for days at a time. Few artists can render genocide with a delicate hand -- why compound that by starting with a cliché? if you're going to try, do it metaphorically: create your own tragic scenario instead of vampirizing common history. *That* would be imaginative.
2-20-2008 @ 2:50PM
For a split second this reminded me of my great uncle who was apart of the Hungarian revolution against the Iron Curtain. He was hanged in the public square...
2-22-2008 @ 3:32AM
For a moment, I was reminded of your great uncle's great nephew and his knack for brevity. Then I noticed -- for two-thirds of a moment -- I'd accidently substituted the word *metaphorically* for *allegorically*.
(Sorry if my first post sounded self-absorbed, hvnlysoldr.)