Posted by: Chris | October 7, 2013

Zelda as an Enemy of the Oppressed

I genuinely cannot tell if someone tried to Sokal Salon.  A representative sample:

Some may interpret the fate of the wealthy family, who are transformed into spiderlike creatures, in the House of Skulltulla as a condemnation of an exploitive class system, but that would be a mistake.

“Folks around here tell of a fabulously rich family that once lived in one of the houses in this village,” an elderly character in Kakariko confides. “But they say that the entire family was cursed due to their greed! Who knows what might happen to those who are consumed by greed.”

By focusing on the greed of individuals, the game ignores how private property incentivizes and even mandates such behavior. And with this moralizing focus comes a belief that society’s economic ills are intractable because of humanity’s flawed nature.

I am surprised the article neglects to mention that the end goal of the Ocarina of Time is to turn back time to the era of the protagonist’s idyllic youth (just like the Tea Party!).

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