Monday, 22 July 2013

How I interpret the Rance Games

You know, when I first got into the Rance series of videogames, I'd often have my morality questioned by my peers. Shortly after discovering the games, I'd quickly developed this unshakable and devout loyalty to the series' protagonist: a man capable and committing of such atrocity and terror that any onlooker would ascribe to him the qualities of malice and evil without so much as an inkling of doubt.

But there was something more to this man. You see, even considering the innumerable acts of atrocity in his name: he wasn't a bad guy.

In fact, he was a very successful guy.

No. He was the superlative of success. The most successful guy.

He had an unrestrained narcissism, a carefree spirit, and a petty purpose for his days.

And perhaps the most amazing this about him was this: He didn't think about things too much.

His entire scheme of action was based around one principle: "If it works, do it."

This alone set him apart from any of hero I'd ever encountered. No longer were there the egregious moral dilemmas which plague the noble minded; this man couldn't even comprehend morality, let alone ponder it. It was beneath him, not out of arrogance, but out of apathy. He simply didn't care whether or not his actions were in any way right or wrong, he only cared that they benefited him. And while this may sound a reckless, criminal and volatile approach to the world, the true beauty of his worldview was that his exceedingly powerful peers, (those of whom it was in their power to have him sentenced to death at a moments notice), were forced to adopt, or at least tolerate, his audacity; for it was through his freedom of action that he was able to deliver the results they desired.

You see, Sengoku Rance is set in Warring States Era Japan; and Rance was winning the war. He, through demonstration, showed all around him that all you really need to do to get to where you want to be is to do a good job. And herein lies more beauty: That's all Rance did the whole game: do a good job. And he did it as was convenient for him; never once does he waste his time preaching ideological or philosophical values to his acquaintances, he has a goal and that's all that matters, everything else is a distraction.

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