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The Last of Us and Christmas with Cordyceps

Does the tradition of Christmas survive a world-ending event like the Cordyceps pandemic in The Last of Us?

In this short video, I talk about how Ellie and Jackson keep Christmas, how Abby and Owen mark it, and what it might mean to a world where society has collapsed and survival through winter is no longer certain.

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and will have a prosperous 2022. If you are struggling, please reach out and find help and support.

The Last of Us is a 2013 action-adventure game developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. Players control Joel, a smuggler tasked with escorting a teenage girl, Ellie, across a post-apocalyptic United States. The Last of Us Part II is a 2020 action-adventure game developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment for the PlayStation 4. Set five years after The Last of Us (2013), the game focuses on two playable characters in a post-apocalyptic United States whose lives intertwine: Ellie, who sets out for revenge after suffering a tragedy, and Abby, a soldier who becomes involved in a conflict between her militia and a religious cult.

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