Super games want to avoid the problem games in the quarry
In most killers of the ’70s and ’80s, the rules were clear: if you had sex, you died. If you don’t have sex, you live. Get the original Halloween, one of the more famous examples of a scam. Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) is a slightly goofy, romantic and romantic character. While her friends Annie and Lynda (Nancy Kyes and PJ Soles) are staying with their boyfriend, Strode is stuck babysitting. Annie and Lynda are brutally murdered by murderer Michael Myers – the former is on his way to pick up her boyfriend, and the latter immediately after having sex. Strode, a virgin, fights back, is eventually saved and avoids death.
Whether the filmmakers, Debra Hill and John Carpenter, intentionally sent negative messages about sex in their films (according to them, they did not), Halloween belongs to the genre of giant killer movies that play by the same rules. In fact, the hoax is so widespread that film professor and scholar Carol J. Clover coined a term for it in her 1992 book Men, Women, and Chainsaws: Gender in Modern Horror: “last girl”, or innocent character who survives to the end of the movie.
There has been a lot of writing about the last girl developing the trope since it was coined in 1992. But suffice it to say: in its earliest incarnations, such as Halloween the example above, these days it is mostly considered a harmful stereotype. The movies are punishing characters – mostly teenage girls, though boys often get it bad – for engaging in the kind of activity where audiences applaud male characters in a John Hughes film (Breakfast Clubwriter for Beautiful in pink) because the. In some cases, girls can also be bullies – such as 1983 Shelter camp – as an additional justification for their deaths, but the fact remains: have sex, then die. You are punished for your transgressions – no matter how ordinary they are.
In 2022, this doesn’t meet modern sensibilities. And that’s not lost on the team Supermassive Games, the developers of the upcoming game The Quarry, which engages a group of teenagers at an empty summer camp. According to creative director Will Byers, the team is drawing a lot of inspiration from movies like Friday the 13th (including its last girl: Alice) and the aforementioned person Shelter camp (which actually evades the last girl scam in its own unique way, sort of), and many other killers. However, respecting these classics doesn’t mean withdrawing from their antics without considering how modern audiences might take them. While the setup may be familiar, the rules are different this time around.
“We don’t want to feel trapped, but we do want to be aware that everyone’s sensitivities are different and sensitive to everything,” Byers told us. “We don’t have to worry about this stuff, do we? We can just say, ‘Okay, that’s a trick, let’s use that game.” The challenge is real. We can use that as a hoax – it’s a really good one. But what you can’t do, is you can’t let people completely go out and engage in some kind of physical contact with someone just because they’re playing real games without some sort of consent. and all that jazz. We are very, very aware of those things. That doesn’t stop us. We’re really maturing, about this stuff right now. ”
Byers said that The Quarry does not participate in “penalty violations.” While he admits there are nods to the past, the game doesn’t have the same well-defined rules as the movies above. “We’ve been very clear about not putting our ethics on anything,” Byers said. “Whatever choice you get is your choice. We give you without judgment or without any judgment, ‘If you choose this, you win; if you choose, you win. choose this, you will die.’ That’s not how it works. We don’t benefit from doing that.”
Whether The Quarry can accomplish this or not remains to be seen. All we’ve really seen of the game at the time of writing is a brief trailer. Still, it’s nice to know the team, at least according to Byers, considering how and when some classic games will evolve with the times. It’s still possible to craft a gory, brutal horror story without having to rely on exhausting sexual clichés. If The Quarry does well to Byers’ word, it has the potential to become an interesting entry in the killer’s canon.