This is a semi-silly post, not to be taken too seriously. :)
I finished Gone Home last night and suffice it to say, I have not stopped thinking about the ending of the game. But maybe not in the way the developers wanted me to. don't get me wrong, the game on the other hand not so much. I wasn't expecting it to be anything deep, I knew what I was getting into. However, that game ran TERRIBLY on my computer, even on the lowest settings, it was still running at 10 fps. But that's neither here nor there. My biggest problem with the game is the ending and what it means in the greater context of the overall story.
So I was very much relieved that Sam and Lonnie didn't commence a suicide pact. However what really happened may not be all that great of a consolation prize either.
So a pair of 17 year olds just upped and left for no real direction or goal. Abandoning their families, loved ones, responsibilities. Basically their whole lives-all at the drop of a hat. Am I supposed to be okay with this? Am I supposed to feel good about this? Sam stole all of the VCRs in the house to pawn off, she has no job now, she can't support herself, let alone Lonnie. WHO by the way is now officially AWOL which means the US Army will be taking her to jail very soon. What is the message here?
'If your family is in denial over your sexuality, run away and never look back?'
That's a crazy moral worthy of the Wheel of Morality.
Really think about it. First of all, this is a high school romance. How often do those work out beyond graduation? Second, running away has never resulted in better lives. I've seen documentaries about young runaway women in Hollywood who live out on the streets as prostitutes or even worse. A lot of them also disappear and are never seen or heard from again. Thankfully they have the good fortune of being in the 90s as opposed to the 60s or 70s where people were running away and disappearing all the time. Basically the movie The Hitcher. Where some random crazy guy will follow you across the country just so they can kill you.
Anyway- where was I? Oh yeah! With Sam and Lonnie running away, was that really their only option? Running Away or Suicide, it seemed like those were the only options that Sam ever considered.
I just don't think Sam and Lonnie's decision should be celebrated, instead it should be more considered for the potential consequences of doing so. Imagine if you came home form work or school and realized your sibling or hell even parent just ran out to never come back. It would destroy you.
And so all day today I thought about what would happen after the Greenbriars returned from their weekend vacation. And so as soon as I came home I whipped this little video up. No really I did make this. I'd love to hear your thoughts on the ending and if I'm just over-thinking it.