dude can you write more about night in the woods & your interpretation of it bc i feel like you'd have some gr8 things to say
I dunno, man. One of the key things about Night in the Woods is that it leaves it all on the field, thematically speaking. If it has a point to make it makes sure you notice, which means that there’s only so much unpacking to be done after the characters are finished explaining their personal metaphors to each other.
What analysis I have seen on the ol Lore Internet tends to be focused on what are to me the least interesting aspects of the story - the ol’ janitor is the forest god, the thing in the mine is Baphomet whose hooves tore a hole in the sky as it escaped the dreaming place, etc. Which is like - OK, sure, I understand the impulse. Mae sees something which is real but which nobody else is willing to talk about, and the fact that her friends will go with her to find it is proof (should Gregg require it) that they are brave and decent people. But definitively answering “what is the monster in the mine” with “the devil” isn’t going along with May so much as it is enabling her. Fails the good people check, and is also dumb. There’s no such thing as ghosts.
Every horrible thing that has happened in Possum Springs from strikebreaking massacres to cave-ins to sinkholes is connected to the old mine, yes. But it isn’t because there was a demon down there - it’s because there was coal in it. The reason the town keeps flooding is a) it was built somewhere you shouldn’t build a town in the first place on account of there was coal nearby b) because of what happens to trees and topsoil when you do open pit c) because we have all burned too much coal and the weather’s going nuts. Everyone’s moms and dads and brothers are dead because mine runoff is full of poison and it’s bad for babies, and the poisoned people keep voting against healthcare because the people who are anti-healthcare are Pro-Coal and will protect the Coal Way of Life from the fuckers who think we should just bung a bunch of solar panels in the mojave instead. The Hole at the Center of Everything is a literal sinkhole. The fires of hell are the fires of Centralia. The trucks that ran Gregg’s sheep over were probably coal haulers! Mae’s terrible ex-boyfriend is literally named Cole!
Yeah so the game is mostly about fossil fuels and I think that’s underreported