I love boxing

I got some free time during my weekend (somewhat) off, so here’s some little thoughts about the identity of everyone’s favourite text box narrator that pops up with every tree, rock, and ruin.

The first thing that should be made clear is that our narrator (or speaker cuz that’s what I usually call them) presumably knows about the current events in the game, at least surrounding Gus. We’re going to assume that the speaker is speaking in the present with present knowledge of what’s going on, hence suggesting not to bother the talking rock afterwards or stating that tree time~ is over. If we assume the speaker is aware and in a way present, we narrow down the options of who it might be.

At first, I thought it was just a thing that talked about Gus. RPG, text box showing up when the character interacts with things. Classic, what I’m used to. Somewhere along the line though, I realized that since in-game Gus uses second-person to refer to the player, the ‘you’ used in the text box could also be refer to the player. Heck, it could refer to both, or even more than that. But since when Rewardo shows up he calls the player by name and congratulates them on inspecting however many trees, I’m a little more inclined to believe that the ‘you’ is refer to the player. It still fits in with things like a rock blocking the player’s path even though the player isn’t actually there, since Gus is being influenced by (controlled by? acting on orders of?) the player.

The fun part is when other pronouns get thrown in. Slips of words like I and we that now separate the speaker from the audience and give them more of a voice (so to speak). At this point I really doubt the speaker is Gus, and I’m getting the feeling that Gus isn’t even the speaker’s audience, so I basically rule him out on both ends right here. What really interests me is the use of the word we, which can be used generally or in a more personal sense. Which brings me to my next point.

I see a lot of trees and lampposts and rocks. I might not have seen every tree in the demo (I’m not the most meticulous) but I wander around looking for jokes all the time. And out of all the trees and other things I see, sometimes they have very distinct tones around them. Some are very happy, some are more sullen, and some related to each other. Looking at you, whoever was calling trees weird. But I was thinking about it, and since we know that there are some characters who are aware of the player, or at least the player’s existence, who’s to say that there’s not a whole group that has some influence, and just takes turns narrating the trees and objects as the player interacts with them? I mean, probably not, but it’s a fun idea to toss around.

Of course there are the trees like ‘THIS IS A TREE’ and ‘insert tree text here’, which are just nice and fun. Though, those are followed up by a ‘huh?’ or ‘wait, wait?’ afterwards, so that there is probably a meshing of whatever is going on with the speaker and some good old jokes directly related to it being a video game. Maybe some commented lines accidentally made their way on screen? I don’t know how this code is laid out.

Also, I’m probably taking this way too seriously, I know

Thai.P.A. (Bare Hands)

Brewery : Bare Hands
Beer : Thai.P.A.
Style : IPA
Variance : Brewed with Palm Sugar, Lemon Grass, Kaffir Lime Leaf, and Thai Ginger (Galangal)

8.5 / 10

What the fuck did I just drink?! My taste buds feel more confused than I did after watching the first Ghost Rider movie with Nicholas Cage because seriously, who makes a fucking superhero movie with barely any action and where the final villain dies in under 3 minutes?! Mark Steven Johnson, that’s who. Asshole. Anyways, this is hands down the most unique IPA that I have ever tasted because my brain is still trying to process what the hell just slid down my throat but all I know is that I want way more of this. I’ve never been to Thailand nor do I have any desire to but I do love watching Thai boxing because it is seriously badass and I do love Thai food and this beer captures those flavors and badassness all in one can. A great citrusy floral hop flavor gets things going with a nice bitterness before that citrus turns more into a lemon lime flavor with a mix of sweet and bitter before ending with a great candied ginger spiced flavor with an almost sprite like aftertaste which I love. If you want to try a beer that will rock your mind and fuck your taste buds up forever in the best way possible, snag a can of this from Bare Hands and never look back. Whether you are brand new to the style or have been dabbling in IPAs forever, this is a must try because it’s one of a kind and damn amazing. Cheers bitches!

Written by: Steve B.

Monday 8:27am
I woke up with you on my mind.
You called me babe last night —
my heart is still pounding.

Tuesday 10:53pm
Today I realized we won’t work.
What we are is hurting her.
And I think she matters more to me than you do.

Wednesday 11:52pm
I broke things off with you today.
She barely said a word.
I’ve never regretted anything more than this.

Thursday 4:03pm
I shouldn’t have sent that message.
You shouldn’t have been so okay with receiving it.

Friday 9:57pm
I almost messaged you today.
I didn’t.

Saturday 8:49pm
I’m walking around town in search of alcohol.
They say that liquor numbs the pain of having a broken heart.
I want to put that to the test.

Sunday 2:32am
I heard you texted a girl you’ve never spoken to before.
I wonder if it’s because you’re trying to replace me.
I can’t help but wish you weren’t.
I thought I was irreplaceable.

—  a week with you on my mind, c.j.n.