Thecatamites is a really cool game developer I mean wow seriously check them out here because woah the way they can explore the medium and ideas is nearly unparalleled seriously.
I noticed just recently how strange the concept of educational stories are, and how oddly they are always carried out. The weird fixation on certain phrases. The repetitions. The large silences in supposedly normal conversation. It all adds up to give the material a sense of otherworldliness, a blend of the achingly commonplace and the almost sinisterly different, which is compounded by remembering that the reason this educational material exists in the first place is mainly to simulate an environment where important textbook lessons can be translated to the real world.
This simulation could be called a condensed version of our reality. All things that are deemed unimportant by the divine creator of this world are cast out, leaving only the bare bones of the lesson. In this sense, this uncompromising outlook on things makes the material even richer for interpretation because instead of presenting the world as it is, there is the sense that everything you see is a construct, everything has been carefully considered with someone’s interests in mind.
Because the audience is easily categorised and clearly outlined, it is all the more satisfying and productive to subvert normality. As nearly everyone knows what to expect in say, a children’s show, their reactions have the potential to be stronger when these expectations are toyed with. Even nowadays when it’s fairly common to subvert the tropes like this, the narrative ties to distinct social subsets means it is easier and more telling when you imbue the story with meaning and connotations linking to social themes, as they are already cemented in people’s minds.
In any case, I think that educational media forms are pretty neat formats for storytelling.
NO BUT YOU ALL NEED TO UNDERSTAND HOW FUNNY THIS IS THEYRE LITERALLY FILLING A ROBOT WITH BULLETS, LIKE BULLETS THAT YOU FIRE FROM A GUN. NOW NORMALLY FIRING A GUN TRIGGERS THE BULLET TO EXPLODE CREATING A PRESSURE THAT CAUSES THE TIP OF THE BULLET TO BE FORCED OUT OF THE BARREL AT A HIGH SPEED.
WHaT CAVE JOHNSON’S TURRET’S DO IS LOAD A TON OF FUCKING BULLETS INTO THE CASE OF THE SENTRY LIKE IT”S A GODDAMN GUMBALL MACHINE AND THEN USE A FUcKIN SPRING LOADED PISTON TO FIRE IT THAT IS SO UNNECESSARY AND INEFFECTIVE LIKE NO WONDER CHELL CAN RESIST SO MANY BULLETS THE LIKELIHOOD ITD CAUSE ANYTHING MORE THAN A BAD BRUISE IS LIKE ONE IN A HUNDRED
Douglas Adams is the best when it comes to describe characters
we need to teach classes on Douglas Adams analogies okay
“He leant tensely against the corridor wall and frowned like a man trying to unbend a corkscrew by telekinesis.”
"The Galaxy, which had been enjoying a period of unusual peace and prosperity at the time, reeled like a man getting mugged in a meadow.”
"it was a deep, hollow malevolent voice which sounded like molten tar glurping out of a drum with evil on its mind.”
"Stones, then rocks, then boulders which pranced past him like clumsy puppies, only much, much bigger, much, much harder and heavier, and almost infinitely more likely to kill you if they fell on you.”
"… a large and voluminous creature who looked like someone losing a fight with a pink duvet …”
"He screwed up his face and then dropped his head forward, shaking it like someone trying to shake a coin out of a money box.”
"He gazed keenly into the distance and looked as if he would quite like the wind to blow his hair back dramatically at that point, but the wind was busy fooling around with some leaves a little way off.”
"He leapt to his feet like an author hearing the phone ring”
"he started to stalk forward slowly and stealthily wearing a puzzled frown of concentration, like a leopard that’s not sure whether it’s just seen a half-empty tin of cat food half a mile away across a hot and dusty plain.”
"it looked only partly like a spaceship with guidance fins, rocket engines and escape hatches and so on, and a great deal like a small upended Italian bistro.”
"If it was an emotion, it was a totally emotionless one. It was hatred, implacable hatred. It was cold, not like ice is cold, but like a wall is cold. It was impersonal, not as a randomly flung fist in a crowd is impersonal, but like a computer-issued parking summons is impersonal. And it was deadly - again, not like a bullet or a knife is deadly, but like a brick wall across a motorway is deadly.”
You forgot one of the best ones:
"The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don’t."
please, take a seat
Oh yeah, I forgot New Zealand. (Sorry New Zealand.)
NEVER FORGET NEW ZEALAND