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Linguistics is the Missing Limb

At the end of the Phantom Pain’s “Part 1”, ┬áthe main antagonist reveals his motivations. He is a product of constant re-appropriation and hurt. America has absorbed his culture and […]

At the end of the Phantom Pain’s “Part 1”, ┬áthe main antagonist reveals his motivations. He is a product of constant re-appropriation and hurt. America has absorbed his culture and turned him into another puppet of imperialism. A puppet that had to literally rewrite his own self to do his job, to the point that he forgot his morality, hopes and dreams. And the way this rewriting happens? Language.

Skull Face speaks English. He sure wishes he did not. I have never related more to a video game character in my life. Why? Because English represents the fact that I live in a culture that does not respect me or has any sincere interest in my humanity if we were to define it as the product of my culture and self-interest. Kojima understands this. Kojima decided to make a game about his dark impulses to abolish globalization.

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