Warning: extremely long and spoiler-ridden.
Intro: Yesterday I spent 11 straight hours watching Apocalypse Now and playing through Spec Ops: The Line for the first times. I wanted to compare the transgenerational, transmedia adaptations of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness to understand both how film and game choose to depict similar themes, while also taking note of how those themes are adapted to fit different societal issues and situations. I ate a large breakfast immediately prior to playing, and then essentially remained immobile for the duration of my journey in order to generate anxiety as the time wore on. I logged my experience periodically as I reached important moments, and I’ve made virtually no changes to the entries so as to best convey my states at each point.… Read the rest