In this new series of reviews we'll be exploring video games from a social justice perspective, examining content rather than gameplay. For our gameplay review coverage please check out our Reviews for the Lazy Gamer.
Warning: spoilers ahead.
There is no more critically polarizing survival horror video game than Deadly Premonition. That's not just me saying it, either. The game actually has a Guinness World Record for being the most "love it or hate it" game ever made.
The Director's Cut version was the free PS Plus offering a few months back and I jumped at the chance to play through it because it's essentially Twin Peaks: The Video Game. In fact, back when the game was called Rainy Woods the similarities between it and the David Lynch television show were so blatant extensive changes were made to tone down the resemblance.
Twin Peaks and Deadly Premonition have the same catalyst; the murder of a popular young woman with greater significance than is initially thought. Right away, though there is a distinct and unavoidable difference between Laura Palmer and Anna Graham, and it has to do with the Women as Background Decoration trope.
While Palmer is indeed discovered nude but wrapped in plastic on the shore next to the Packard Mill in Twin Peaks, Graham is discovered hanging in a cruciform on a tree in Greenvale Forest Park. She is topless with her nipples covered by her long hair, and a snake slithers seductively across her body.