Issue 3.5: The Selves We Become
A Psychological and Narrative Survey of Individuation in Video Games
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Game & Word Volume 3, Issue 5: Sunday, June 5, 2022
Publisher: Jay Rooney
Author, Graphics, Research: Jay Rooney
Logo: Jarnest Media
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Table of Contents
Summary & Housekeeping
Feature: “The Selves We Become” (~30-minute read)
Food for Talk: Discussion Prompts
Game & Word-of-Mouth
Today, we’ll finally face our Shadows properly, undergoing the process of psychological and spiritual growth Jung called “individuation” or “individualization,” as shown in three timeless video games.
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Feature: The Selves We Become
🚨🚨🚨 SPOILER ALERT 🚨🚨🚨
This post contains visual and narrative spoilers for Celeste, EarthBound, and Final Fantasy VII. You've been warned!
⚠️⚠️⚠️ CONTENT WARNING ⚠️⚠️⚠️
This article contains discussions of trauma and dissociation. If these topics upset you, please proceed with caution. Section(s) discussing these topics will be clearly labeled under the subhead.
💡💡💡 POINT OF CLARIFICATION 💡💡💡
For consistency’s sake, this article will refer to MOTHER 2 / EarthBound as simply EarthBound, as we’ll be examining the North American localization and not necessarily the original Japanese script (unless otherwise noted).
This also applies to any character/location names and dialogue that differ between the two releases (ie, “Pokey” instead of “Porky,” or “Evil Mani Mani” instead of “Mani Mani Devil.”)
CONTINUED FROM ISSUE 3.4