I've already played this game in real life. I don't need to do it again.
@heatdrive88: I'd argue that even this is escapism; people are escaping the circumstances of their lives to ponder the circumstances of other lives. Escaping into a Space Marine should not be seen as different than escaping into a German expat living in France, deported to Germany and conscripted into the military at the beginning of the First World War. These examples should not be seen as different from escaping into a lesbian girl returning home or a small silhouette boy in a bleak and eerie forest.
The thing that makes me uncomfortable about games like this (Fragments of Him) is that I get the impression it's being tailor made for grief thieves. That's probably an unwarranted cynical response, but I'm confused as to why someone who has felt grief and loss and all that bullshit would want to inflict it on themselves again. I don't know. It's weird.
That's a fair response. I don't think what you said was cynical - you simply have a different method of dealing with grief, as anyone in this world does. It's a personal thing that you are allowed to have your own take on. Kind of like art.
VIDEO GAMES = ART?!?!? Aherm. Let's not break that can of worms open.
Anyways, I perceived this to be more of a thing about remembrance. Grieving is of course, naturally a sad thing - but for me, it's tied to remembrance. In remembrance, I'm able to give levity and acceptance in remembering someone (or something) for more than that moment of loss or death, as tragic or sad as it might be. This of course takes time to overcome, but that's simply part of the grieving process.
As an introspective example for myself and hopefully others here to relate to - when I watch an old video with Ryan in it, it makes me laugh and it makes me smile, just like it did the first time I saw Ryan on camera or in a video. Of course, it makes me feel sad right alongside of that too, but that is totally okay. The happiness of remembering him again for as he was, for more than his death, gives me a feeling of acceptance for that sadness I feel in missing him. Personally, it would be an injustice to Ryan if I was to simply forget and be ignorant to the fact that he is gone, so reliving and remembering him is for me, something that is worth doing - especially when it was a life that was so incredibly worth celebrating.
Sure, maybe a game about grieving isn't going to be everyone's cup of tea. But hey, some people might find a game about grieving useful, so who am I to deny that from them?
Look, let's put it this way. Should this be any different than watching a video of a wonderful man attempt to flush a pie down the toilet?
I wouldn't think so.