CW in this topic for torture and sexual assault which are themes of the game and book.
I heard about Harlan Ellison’s passing while watching the “I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream” stream on Giant Bomb.
The game seemed pretty off putting, especially in its treatment of women. The four men have committed varying crimes (being a literal Nazi doctor, incarcerating one’s wife, being a manipulative con artist, committing war crimes) while Ellen’s “guilt” comes from… being raped? Not to mention her being a POC written by white men in such a way that made the GB people shut the stream off on the spot.
I understand that immediately after a beloved author passes is not the correct time to be unduly critical, but I’ve only seen glowing retrospectives of the game and Ellison himself, who seemed to be heavily involved in the game.
(Recently mentioned in this Kotaku story: https://kotaku.com/how-harlan-ellison-s-most-famous-short-story-became-an-1827327887)
So I’m curious, does anyone have fond memories of the game? I’m interested in hearing how you balance appreciation for Ellison with the issues in the game (or in the story, which I also read). I don’t think we need to put ourselves in “Ellison fans vs Ellison haters” either, I’m just curious how we unpack and understand his life and work.