This game has a special place in my heart, probably always will. Ever wished you could turn back time, stop something bad from happening, fix it, make it just right? Turn back the clock and be there for someone when you weren't? Control fate, interrupt the causal order? Now, you can. What will you do with that kind of power?
There's not much more I can say, really. I would recommend it- play it like a movie, pay attention to the story. Let me know if you play it. I think the philosophy of time is one of the most fascinating topics there is, and it's interesting to see the patterns that emerge in different media sources that speak on it (eventually I'll make a post on bioshock infinite). The Butterfly Effect is so dated, but when it first came out I was pretty young still and it was my first favorite movie. I wouldn't call that a piece on the philosophy of time but it was about interacting with the causal order and the brain's responses to grief (like this game). It was one of the sparks that led me to want to study neuroscience, actually -- I wanted to be like the doctor. I wanted to study patients like him. I'd still be fascinated to do that (but I'm not sure 'fascinated' is the right frame of mind into which one should go into neuro-psychiatry...).
The rest of this post isn't entirely about the game, just something it reminded me of. When I played it I read into it as being a larger symbol (for responses to grief), in particular the choice made at the end.
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This is a short story I started after my Chinese philosophy class last Spring but have since abandoned. The idea was - after taking that class, I felt the main difference between the ancient Chinese vs Greek perspectives could be boiled down to their perspectives on Truth. For Plato it was something to be sought, something to see, something objective. Influenced by my professor Alexus McLeod, I wondered if we could think of truth as something to "be," rather than (or in addition to) something to see. Not having the idea worked out clearly and explicitly enough, I attempted to express it in a reworked version of the Allegory, entitled "Go back in the Cave: Become the Sun you once Sought." I've only written the first of the stages so far -- Comments welcome.