The first time I saw a movie, I remember thinking, “This is the best movie ever made.” The second time it was a classic, and the third time I saw it, it was the most entertaining movie ever made. The first time I saw a classic film, I think I was just a little more skeptical, but I saw The Wizard of Oz and I knew it was a classic.
But I digress. I can’t say that I’ve seen any classic films since I saw The Wizard of Oz, but I definitely remember being more interested in finding an older version of a classic film. That’s the power of nostalgia, and I find it so fascinating that I’m constantly trying to figure out how to make it work better for myself.
Of course there are many popular films that I can remember watching that I can’t get out of my mind. Movies I loved a lot early in my life. Movies like The Lion King, Braveheart, Gremlins, and even A Christmas Story. Just to name a few. So what makes a classic? Movies that are so well known and loved in our culture that we can’t help but get nostalgic. And that’s why I think nostalgia is a great thing.
I think that nostalgia is a good way to get yourself into a mindset of not taking yourself too seriously. But, at the same time, you can’t take yourself too seriously anymore, because when you do, your life completely changes. I like this quote from Jules Verne: “If your mind is too set on the past, it will never travel any farther.” And, you know what, I think he was right.
We often find ourselves in the past looking for answers, but it’s not because we are looking for answers to our own questions. It’s because we have no memories of the past. Our minds are like a blank slate, which means that we can just write on it, so that we can see what we’ve done, but we don’t have the ability to erase our actions, so we can only erase that part of our lives that wasn’t good enough.
But, how can we erase a bad part of our life? Like Colt Vahn’s past? The only option he has, is to go through the whole game again. So, that means we have to start over. This is no easy task, because we have to learn new skills, and new powers. And we have to fight our way through a world that has changed so drastically that we cant even remember what was there before we started.
And to make matters worse, those things we remember are no longer there. Colt doesn’t remember what his old job was, or even if he had a wife and kids when he was young. Most importantly it seems that those memories are gone. As the story goes, the Visionaries have changed so much over the last few decades that they have no idea what they were doing. Some are just “boring”, and they’re not even aware of what they’ve become.
We can do better, though. Colt is aware of something theyve lost, but it seems that the Visionaries aren’t that interested in the details, and in fact, are actively hiding it. Their goal in Deathloop is to become the last of the Visionaries, and our goal is to learn more about the Visionaries and their plans, and see if they have any clues about a future that we can’t even remember.
As cool as it is to think that we can be the last of the Visionaries, it’s not so cool that we can’t help Colt find his way out of the island because we could. He is an amnesiac, but he clearly remembers his past. There’s just one problem, though, and that is that we don’t know where he is, and that makes him the least of our worries.