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Commodified fantasy takes no risks: it invents nothing, but imitates and trivializes. It proceeds by depriving the old stories of their intellectual and ethical complexity, turning their action to violence, their actors to dolls, and their truth-telling to sentimental platitude. Heroes brandish their swords, lasers, wands, as mechanically as combine harvesters, reaping profits. Profoundly disturbing moral choices are sanitized, made cute, made safe. The passionately conceived ideas of the great storytellers are copied, stereotyped, reduced to toys, molded in bright-colored plastic, advertised, sold, broken, junked, replaceable, interchangeable. 
What the commodifiers of fantasy count on and exploit is the insuperable imagination of the reader, child or adult, which gives even these dead things life–of a sort, for a while.
—  Ursula K. Le Guin, from the Foreword of “Tales from Earthsea”

SPOILERS FOR THE LAST OF US PART 2 DO NOT READ IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE SPOILED



I guess the thing that really got to me about the Last of Us part 2 was the false advertising. How can you replace Joel with Jesse and call that fair? How could you show a trailer with Joel being the one helping Ellie in her revenge plot and implying that she was getting revenge for something else entirely and do that to your audience? That shows major disrespect and is a clear attempt at trying to trick your audience into buying a $60+ game that is expected to end well. I’d assume you’d get into the game-making business because A) You like creating games B) You want to make an audience happy because those are the people who got you on that tier in the first place and lastly, C) you want to make good sales. If you don’t do A and B, you become a disrespected game dev. plain and simple. Sure you made good sales but for what? For a large audience going to refund the game because you did something so devious at tricking your audience? Shame on you for that. I cannot believe you’d do that to your audience who was waiting nearly 6 years for a wonderfully crafted video game just to be dealt with that bullshit. That was not okay. That was just false advertisement.