shadow tech

For years now, some of the best, wildest, most moving or revealing stories we’ve been telling ourselves have come not from books, movies or TV, but from video games. So we’re running an occasional series, Reading The Game, in which we take a look at some of these games from a literary perspective. This week: A storytelling failure.

On a crag of volcanic rock, overlooking the wastes of Udun, I crouch silently in the rain, watching the orc hordes of Mordor milling around below me.

They march and they argue. They taunt their human slaves and, when they pass close enough, I can hear them talking about me — Talion, called Gravewalker, murdered Captain of Gondor brought back to life by magic and the influence of my mostly-invisible elf/wraith buddy, Celebrimbor, who is a ghost that lives in my head.

They fear me, these orcs. As they should. Thirty or so hours into the game and I am a Middle Earth murder machine, capable of slowing time, teleporting, exploding orc heads with my magical elf powers. I can orchestrate a ballet of death — by dagger, by sword, by bow and explosion and poison and mind-control — that is as ferocious as it is beautiful.

But instead, I sit still, watching, waiting. In the distance, my nemesis (my current nemesis, the one who hates me most for this ten minutes) walks in stupid circles, just out of my sight. His name is Malmug Face-Stabber. Or something like that. I forget exactly what he’s called, because I have already hung so many of his kind on the end of my sword that they all blend together. He is Malmug The Plot Device, really. And as I sit and wait I wonder why the makers of Shadow Of Mordor didn’t include a button that would make Talion sigh.

I am bored out of my elf-inhabited mind.

Reading The Game: Shadow Of Mordor

Photo: Marian Carrasquero/NPR

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  • LD: This guy in the white shirt is killing me. You know, we need to hire only good looking musicians.
  • LBD: Yea man, we need those movie quality musicians, who are well dressed in sequins and what not. This is being filmed.
  • LD: Yea, this should be audio only which would really help with my lighting cues.
  • Student shadow: Man you guys are worse than some of us high schoolers.
  • LBO: Thank goodness it's like we never have to grow up in this business.
  • LD: It's like my union card is also my card to remain an adolescent.
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Josh Dun Imagine

Heck yeah I will. Also thank you, youโ€™re so nice omg.

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Warnings: Strong language!

โ€œWhat? No, I said in the living room,โ€ you grumbled into your cellphone, jumbling two tubes of floor plans and two cups off coffee.ย โ€œYe- wait no, the silver clock goes in the kitchen. Ask Erin, he should know.โ€ The call ended, leaving you in a bad mood.ย โ€œI literally asked her to do one thing for me. One!โ€ You said, talking to yourself in a disgruntled manner. Your friend from college was suppose to be directing the movers into your new apartment, but apparently that was going down horribly with your absence.

As of yesterday, you were a newly hired intern for the lighting crew for Twenty One Pilots short, three month in-country tour. Mostly shadowing the lighting tech and making sure the artists were set. It wasnโ€™t hard to land the gig being the singerโ€™s cousin-in-law. It was nice to get to bond with Tyler, but hard to treat the whole thing as a real job. Basically all you had to do was run some errands here and there. Other than that, you were free to do whatever. At the moment, Tyler had asked you to get coffee and the crew needed the plans for the first day of tour. You still hadnโ€™t yet met Josh, Tylerโ€™s best friend and the drummer of the band.ย 

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