Hey, guys, I wouldn't discourage Amber so much. Maybe we don't agree with what she's saying but it's not hurting anyone for her to type up her thoughts. In fact, she's giving a little bit of life to the forum. And despite my disagreeing with her interpretations, I certainly don't mind reading her ideas.
Nah, it's not like that.
What I want is for her to stop the analysis and just have fun. As long as she keeps doing it, she will never enjoy StMB, and that's a shame.
I was very much enjoying the show. Probably enjoying it too much.
I'm very sorry, but I'm one of those people who thinks that Sonic the Hedgehog was like an environmental activist and that Dr Robotnik was like an industrial capitalist dictator. But does
this ruin my enjoyment of the games? Heck no. I think deeply about culture and symbolism. I enjoy the game more deeply and think the cultural/environmental context.
I was really enjoying thinking about Wario the other day. How he was like a sort of goblin, gold hoarding leprechaun. I saw a picture of a leprechaun on a slot machine the other day and smiled. Wario is a
video arcade type character, so this would make sense. I would've never made these connections had I not watched the show.
I'm afraid I don't really have anywhere else to post my "analysis" ideas right now. I guess they'd probably come under the subjects of video game studies or semiotics.
All of these ideas, from the sublime to the utterly ridiculous, whirl around in my head.
If I don't write them down, they get stuck in my head and I get a get a headache.
I know that the semiotics of Donkey Kong probably bores you to death, but I've been thinking about it for days. Probably thinking about a lot of it wrongly too as some have pointed out. If some of this sounds mangled, it's very difficult to concentrate with people yelling in my house. I
sometimes regret what I type, but otherwise my ideas have no outlet. I have few people to talk about this with IRL. I don't know who to share my thoughts with.
If you disagree with me, that's fine. This is art. We all have our own interpretations.
What I was basically trying to say before (clumsily) was that video gaming has traditionally been a kind of "Boys Club". The central characters in StMB are male and behave like they're members of a fraternity (or brotherhood, whatever). This mirrors the gaming community and
programmers. I was kind of frustrated with Walgina's character because I wanted her to do more in the story. I don't know...one really strong female character to balance out all of the male fighting, toilet humor and heroism.
This isn't Richie's fault. I like the show, though it sometimes it feels like I'm watching "Maid
Marian and her Merry Men" without Maid Marian. I'm culturally primed to look for "Maid Marian" or "Super Brownie" in any show I watch. I've been told to look for strong, assertive female role models.
Similarly with Donkey Kong. I'm so used to seeing gorillas as symbols of human anger and brute impulse in shows I watch (e.g. in the last episode of "The Prisoner") that I'm primed to think that seeing the gorilla has some kind of symbolic meaning. I think that Richie was alluding to and making fun of this "metaphor" by having Donkey Kong ride Yoshi. DK isn't making "a political statement", he's just too exhausted walk.
I also think that Richie is cleverer than some give him credit for and this should be
acknowledged. Some of the satire in his work is brilliant. The "anti-boy band" and "anti-celebrity" stuff was refreshing to watch. I haven't laughed this hard in a long while. Which is good, I do get depressed and need to laugh more. You're right about that!
I just have to try and forget about the times where people forced me to write essays on cultural symbolism in TV shows, cartoons and plays.
Sometimes it's not nice to think about symbolism. I remember one episode of "Dr Who" where there were feline nurses experimenting on humans. I think that one of the writers was against animal testing, so he cruelly turned the story on its head. He made the plot about "human testing".
Richie turns ideas on their heads, not in this disturbing way, but in a funny thought provoking way. A way that makes me think critically about the media saturated world I live in.
Yes. I think that Sci-fi and video games do contain symbolism.
I'm just not that fantastic at writing about it.