There’s More To Wolfenstein: The New Colossus’ Opening Than Sheer Brutality

There’s More To Wolfenstein: The New Colossus’ Opening Than Sheer Brutality
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Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus opens with a nightmare. This deep descent into BJ Blazkowicz’ personal hell highlights the personal costs of violence in the home and shows how oppression and hate repeat themselves.


  • Interesting article, definitely looking forward to reading more in the full review.

    What’s with the centred text? Was that intentional?

  • The juxtaposition is clear. BJ’s domestic abuse and the depravity of Nazi violence are manifestations of the same insidious ideologies.
    A juxtaposition between two very similar things? Seriously, this article needed an editor to look over it, it’s a mess.

    Also the analysis of the thematic elements is pretty poor, and the article actually seems to now be advocating violence so long as it suits your ideological or moral compass (“by any means necessary”). It’s a great game, but its themes of bigotry and “might makes right” are fairly simple and easy to grasp, and trying to draw out meaning from the ultra-violence of the gameplay is probably futile and irrelevant (because it’s a game, it’s an FPS, that’s why you play).

    Also trying to draw out similarities between Max’s pig (an unnecessary burden on a supply-limited ship) and killing BJ’s dog to toughen him up (for the sake of brutality) doesn’t really work.

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