Monday, October 09, 2006

Bully Reviewed in Wired

Clive Thompson, also of blog Collision Detection has an advanced review of Bully up on Wired today. He confirms that the game does indeed show its hero combating bullies and protecting the weak rather than the type of gameplay that was predicted by many reactionary legislators and parents groups. But, he claims, it's still a Rockstar game through and through: "By turning to high school, the designers have found the perfect locale for exploring the cliquishness, unfairness and brutality of everyday society."

This is, in fact, the genius of most high school narratives. Films, literature, and television shows set in high school are among the only genres that consistently exhibit an awareness that American culture is socially and economically stratified.