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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.

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Post apocalyptic politics in The Last of Us Part 2

In this video, I talk about the way human nature is interpreted by The Last of Us, The Walking Dead and similar franchises, and how this doesn't stack up with reality. Cooperation and mutual aid is a key part of how we survive, not something forced upon us by social order, and the complete collapse of that spirit would threaten true extinction for our species. This is something that the Last of Us series could choose to lean more into in future instalments, offering true hope for humanity.

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The hope in The Last of Us Part 2’s ending

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5j0oo-YKYfQ&t Ellie's decision to spare Abby's life at the last moment in The Last of Us Part 2 is one of the reasons why the story works so well. In this video, I talk about what this decision means for the narrative and for both Ellie's and Abby's character arc, including the importance of an… Continue reading The hope in The Last of Us Part 2’s ending

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How The Last of Us 2 EARNED Joel’s Death

Joel's death in The Last of Us Part 2 is easily one of the most controversial moments in recent gaming history. However you feel about the decision to have this happen, though, the moment was earned by the way the game told its story and in particular the effective way it showed us the main beats that sealed Joel's fate rather than simply telling them to us.