lunarsystem: (manhunt - solitary)
Man, Rule of Rose is one of those games that I keep periodically trying to play through and it never goes well at all. It's just so unrelentingly dark in a way that feels extremely exhausting to play through, or even to read about. It feels really gratuitous to me, actually. Normally I'm super into stories about messy/terrifying adolescence and The Inhumanity of Man Against Man Girl Against Girl, but it's just this endless "these children all hate each other and are hideously manipulative and kill animals all the time" and I feel like at this point in my life (after having seen Battle Royale, Revolutionary Girl Utena, and a million horror flicks) I can't really handle any more.

It's kind of a shame because I love Yoshiro Kimura's games, but eh. I feel luke Little King's Story draws from the same thematic well as parts of Rule of Rose does (fairytales, the weirdness of being a child, creating your own world, being privy to the secrets of adults), without a lot of the triggering shit.

March 2016

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