I know we’ve all discussed how this seems a lot like We Happy Few/Doki Doki, but I am blown away by the fact that I have not seen a single person mention what this reminds me of the most:
Doesn’t this all just scream Mr. Smiley to you guys?
Mr. Smiley’s whole entire shtick was anxiously laughing and trying to convince you that he cares. And why did he do that?
Because he was being blackmailed.
So maybe, just maybe, this is our Mark. Just our Mark under duress.