I just have one tiny tweak I wanna make to that last scene. Otherwise no notes, A+ game.
[image description: A five-panel comic shows a ginger cat walking out of a dark, overgrown alley and up some mossy stairs into the sunlight. The small drone the cat is carrying in its mouth gleams in the sun. After reaching the top of the stairs, the cat places the drone onto the mossy ground and sits beside it, looking up at the sun in the sky.]
So I've been playing Stray, and watching some YouTubers play it as well, and I think a lot of them are misunderstanding the themes of the game, and what it has to say about human nature. Pretentious rant incoming.
I actually think that this game is a really interesting look at humanity, and a really beautiful subversion of dystopian tropes. One one side of course you do have the classic dystopian mentality, humans are relentless consumers who destroyed the world and left it barren. But the game is saying "the large scale impacts of humans, brought on by the thoughtless greed of the wealthy and powerful and perpetuated by individuals just trying to get through the day", not "human society itself is corrupt and evil". In fact, it goes out of its way to refute this idea, through the robots that carry on our legacy.
Human society is beautiful. It is about love, and creation, and community, and hope. It is about sitting on a stoop playing a song merely for the joy of making music. It's about tending to plants, not for any purpose, but just to see a living thing flourish under your care. It's about lighting colourful bulbs in dark times to keep hope alive. It is about petting a cat, feeling it rub up against your legs and not quite knowing how you could possibly feel such love for something so small.
If he was more popular he would be a tumblr sexyman im tellin u
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I can't believe there are people out there who did not grasp the backstory and meta of Stray. That's like playing with your eyes closed and sticking your fingers in your ears going "la la la la"
Then make steam reviews saying "it was a cute simplistic cat game with simplistic characters that was a little sad, but enjoyable :)"
They're robots you clown.
They forged their own little souls and personalities all by themselves OUTSIDE of their original programming to recycle or clean the streets. That's like your roomba gaining sentience after 2000 years and you're complaining they're not complex characters. 🤡
They only had sketchy memories of their soft squishy creators thousands of years before they gained sentience all on their own after their creators died. Society and their bunker city had fallen into ruin and very few records remained in the slums where they dwelled.
They were recycling robots, condemned to labor in the dark but once they gained sentience they rebelled against the controlling upper level robots and began lighting colorful lights and singing in the darkness, because that's what they remembered their creators would do. They loved us and remembered us.
They're in the infancy of their own society even though they're long lived, because they're robots - they had to learn how to be people all on their own!
And for you to reduce their achievements or say "they're childish or simplistic" is missing the entire point.
I will defend these robots with my dying breath because they are humanity's legacy in the story and all they admired was our capacity to love and be kind
Fuck you *sobs*
In one point of Stray a mural says “It’s been 2544875556 days since robots gained their Soul”.
That is 6,972,262 years.
It’s heavily implied that humans have been gone for almost 7 million years.
And humanity is still living in their creations. They still play songs that humans had created. They created art in their image. They talk as if they are just around the corner, as if they haven’t been gone for longer then they have been alive.
Humanity’s creations following in their footsteps steps never to forget the impact they made. As B-12 said “I see a future in the companions and in you.”
Humanity will survive into the future in those it left behind. It’s a new dawn. Light shines on an ancient city for the first time. And no one really dies as long as they left something behind.
reunited on the surface
immediately whipped this one out after finishing the game & having a good cry about it
T h e S e w e r s
I walked into this part of the game entirely blindsided on release day and boy did it catch me off-guard.
Kind of in a good way though? It did make it stick all that more poignantly, but I do hope for those sensitive to scopophobia, trypophobia and the body horror-ish elements of the Zurks were appropriately warned <3
I know everyone is trying to say that the reason the cat from stray can understand what b-12 is saying is because they are hyper intelligent from evolution but it's arguably way funnier if they're just a normal fucking cat doing random cat things and saved the world on accident