Content Warning: This article will be discussing suicide, depression, child abuse, sexual assault, drug use, and a great deal more. Reader discretion is advised.
Back when I wrote on Alan Wake, I brought up the philosophical idea of determinism, the idea that people act based on what has been done to them. I originally wasn’t expecting to return to that idea so soon (as the original plan was to revisit the crude comedy point and click, Randal’s Monday), but I had to rush through a game series for an assignment and found determinism rearing its head yet again, though with less meta-textual and a more realistic framing. This is made odder because the theme came up in the game series Lisa, which induces gaming personality Jim Sterling as a hidden boss who asks you to jump off a cliff, wear a dress, and take hallucinatory drugs made partly from garbage.