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BILL MESNIK- "PRAY, PRAY FOR ARTHUR MORGAN" - A SPECIAL DIG THIS FEATURE

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PRAY, PRAY FOR ARTHUR MORGAN (Inspired by Red Dead Redemption 2)

This was my first video game experience, and, by all accounts, I started at the top.

Red Dead Redemption is considered by many to be the finest immersive game experience ever made. I have nothing else to compare it to, but it certainly has been a revelation to me. Apparently, Rockstar games took 10 years to complete the production, and the graphics and the characters (created by motion capture) are so captivating that the effect is dreamlike – you are inside of a living movie: completely integrated emotionally into the narrative: a journey through the post Civil War American West, following a beknighted group of outlaws to their doom.

Arthur Morgan is the game’s protagonist – a troubled, philosophical gunslinger, struggling with existential angst; He is a loyal muscle man; a remnant of an earlier time, who realizes that the country has moved on, but he doesn’t know how to move with it.

The player becomes one with him, sharing his longings and his pain. I’m a songwriter, so my instinct was to respond with a musical message, a prayer for Arthur Morgan’s redemption, and ours.


By Rich Buckland 05/15/2022 04:28 PM

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