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| October 12, 2012
In A Permanent Save State Fills You With Wonder And Sadness
This morning, I came across an app that intrigued me because of its unusual title, bizarre App Store description and surreal artwork. After downloading the game, it became clear that this was more than just a unique new game with a dark twist. It pays homage to seven workers who took their own lives in an unnamed electronics factory in China. The description reads that it is a “cerebral, fantasy driven application about events that are true and currently exist.” It goes on to explain that the narrative sheds perspective on the “Western spectacle vs. the Eastern dream.” It is definitely an artistic impression of the tragedies at Foxconn in the past few years. factory workers in certain electronics plants suffer abuse, indignities, and overall inhuman treatment. Each story that is represented in this app tells of a worker who suffered in one sense or another due to factory conditions. There is a short animation where you as the “gamer” must help the worker transition from death into an afterlife. However, certain obstacles keep you from your destination.