“I’m an infrastructure genius”.
— from a post on the subreddit for fans of Death Stranding
Fitting interactive for Stevphen’s proposed ‘infrastructure noir’ series, we have yet the privilege to play this game, but somehow the higher ambitions of any LIGHT LOGISTICS courier: “in one fell swoop, gets wrapped up into a larger purpose: rebuilding the infrastructure of a collapsed country. Crucially, this isn’t up to the individual player, but every player.“
Case in point, today my digital theory class played/watched Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding, which has been mocked as a “walking/hiking simulator” or a tale of post-apocalyptic Amazon Prime deliveries, but has a real visceral impact as you watch the protagonist flee (always) acid rain and trek across a planetary surface that is no longer hospitable to humans.
— Alenda CHANG, Media Studies, UC Santa Barbara