I Am Many: Multiple Identities in Persona 3

[Originally posted on Medium Difficulty] Ever notice how most fiction treats a breakdown of identity as just about the worst thing that can happen? Oedipus’s tragedy stems from not knowing who he “really” is, Mad Men is all about characters creating and escaping their “real” selves, Philip K. Dick asked Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? because … Continue reading I Am Many: Multiple Identities in Persona 3

The Power of Friendship While Being an Asshole, or the Doormat NPC

[Originally posted on PopMatters] For the last few weeks, I’ve been absorbed in Persona 3. The fourth in the Persona series is usually credited as the one that left the biggest impact on its players (Leigh Alexander, “High School Memories,” Polygon, 4 April 2013), but, though I’ve only played halfway through its predecessor, I can’t imagine any … Continue reading The Power of Friendship While Being an Asshole, or the Doormat NPC