SPOILERS - Oscar Masan Backstory? - SPOILERS

#1 Edited by eskimo (459 posts) -

Finished playing it, loved it. Amazing stuff.

I think I picked up the motivations for most of the key characters, but I have a couple of questions about Oscar Masan.

What did he do that made his sister/family hate him?

Why was he so lonely?

Why did he give away the pharmacy?

Where did you find this information?

edit - cripes, how did this become three threads? Can someone delete the other two?

PS - I think I found most of my answers in the other thread.

#2 Edited by fishmicmuffin (1039 posts) -

I *think*, based on the note to the sister, the fact that the height measurements abruptly sopped, and the fact that the letter from him to the dad in the secret compartment was ripped up... that Oscar sexually abused the dad (who was his nephew). Something along those lines. He gave away the pharmacy because he felt bad for what he did, and as a result of living in his house by himself for a long time that was why he was lonely. This is my own speculation based on the information in the letter found in the basement safe.

#3 Edited by eskimo (459 posts) -

Yeah it's starting to make more sense now.

The house is referred to as the psycho house, I'm assuming that Oscar was the psycho because of the reasons you mentioned. People would tell their kids ghost stories because sometimes the truth is too hard to handle. He probably turned to drugs after the event and gave away the pharmacy to get rid of the bad memories and try to attone for his sins.

#4 Posted by Crid (10 posts) -

I interpreted it in a different way. I assumed that he had attempted to come out to his sister (and maybe the whole family), but she just couldn't accept it and wouldn't allow her son near him after that. I suspect that if Terrence had been abused, he would have just sold the house and taken the money rather than moving there with his family.

#5 Edited by BeachThunder (11265 posts) -

Where does the game suggest something about sexual abuse? I must have missed something...

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#6 Posted by SterlingEricsson (13 posts) -

Where does the game suggest something about sexual abuse? I must have missed something...

I think the following linked article covers it rather well. I see no other reason why Oscar would make sure to sell his pharmacy (which he had more or less turned into a soda/ice cream shop by giving out ice cream to little kids) and say that he did so to remove the "temptations".

http://clockworkworlds.com/post/58411117679/the-transgression-you-can-do-better

#7 Posted by Cirdain (2957 posts) -

@crid said:

I interpreted it in a different way. I assumed that he had attempted to come out to his sister (and maybe the whole family), but she just couldn't accept it and wouldn't allow her son near him after that. I suspect that if Terrence had been abused, he would have just sold the house and taken the money rather than moving there with his family.

I'm pretty sure this is it, neighbours tell stories some of them turn into ghost stories. Also with the amount of secret rooms its no wonder people thought Oscar was weird. Great red herring though, that hasn't been done in a while.

#8 Posted by bunnymud (703 posts) -

I just finished the game and missed all of that backstory. I would have flipped my shit if I paid 20 bucks for this game. Not that it was bad, just...not 20 buchs worth

#9 Posted by narujoe93 (2440 posts) -

@bunnymud said:

I just finished the game and missed all of that backstory. I would have flipped my shit if I paid 20 bucks for this game. Not that it was bad, just...not 20 buchs worth

I disagree, I regret only paying 10 dollars for it and wish I assumed better of the game and its developers. At least I bought it directly from their site instead of steam, which gives them a bigger cut

#10 Posted by SharkEthic (945 posts) -

@bunnymud said:

I just finished the game and missed all of that backstory. I would have flipped my shit if I paid 20 bucks for this game. Not that it was bad, just...not 20 buchs worth

This is a tricky one. I payed 20 bucks, and honestly, I would have payed double that. The thing is, this is not a video game. This is not fucking Pac-Man. This could be classified as an experience, a piece of interactive storytelling... and I have no idea how to price that.

#11 Posted by rhys_rowlands_39 (1 posts) -

What i picked from this is that he was perhaps addicted to morphine which would explained why he sold the pharmacy to distance him self away from his habit.

#12 Posted by MarkWahlberg (4497 posts) -

What i picked from this is that he was perhaps addicted to morphine which would explained why he sold the pharmacy to distance him self away from his habit.

Oscar's timeline from what I could tell: Abuses the dad as a kid, gets cut off by the family, feels bad, leaves everything to the dad, commits suicide via morphine.

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