Electric Tortoise: The high cost of living
This post contains spoilers for Electric Tortoise. It's a short, accessible game you can probably play in your browser, so I'd recommend you try it out before reading any further.] Electric Tortoise uses two characters to tell you about a third. In a very short space of time, you learn about the social status of robots...
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Electric Tortoise is a very short game centring around the interrogation of a murder suspect. Since it's only short that's all I'm giving you - you'll have to play it to see for yourself what's really happening. For its brevity, I decided to comment on its economic telling of social power dynamics and relationships of oppression, as depicted largely through scene composition and context. Composition analyses often relate to framing set pieces to deliver the most excitement straight into the player's brain, so I'd like to make more of these where I consider composition to view more passive effects, such as the nature of social structures and the relationships between people. I hope you enjoy it!