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Orange Man Bad: The Game
Life is Strange 2 as seen from the Right

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Life is Strange 2 is arguably the most topical video game to deal with Trump’s presidency, though his name is not even mentioned. Naturally it’s staunchly anti-American and anti-white in its messaging, starring Mexican-Americans fleeing racist white police officers and citizens, complete with references to “the wall” and ICE. Bizarrely, this propaganda piece – a dumbed-down point-and-click adventure game – sprung from French development studio Dontnod Entertainment, and was published by the Japanese industry giant Square-Enix.

Released episodically over the past year, the five episodes run about two hours each. The progressive agenda is so in-your-face that anyone with half a brain will see exactly what it’s up to. Even apolitical YouTubers like Jacksepticeye [2] (one of Pewdiepie’s cohorts) couldn’t help but comment on the heavy-handedness of its writing. However, e-celebs and mainstream review outlets are ill-equipped to criticize or counter-signal an anti-white narrative, so it falls upon the Dissident Right to do so. In short, every episode contains anti-white themes and characters, and despite being “interactive” the player cannot accidentally avoid them. Grab a cup of coffee – this one’s a real doozy.

SMS between Lyla and Sean, from Life is Strange 2 [3]

A couple of text messages between our protagonist Sean Diaz and his friend Lyla contain the most direct reference to President Trump in the game.

 

The Neo-Nazis Next Door

The game begins with our protagonist, a sixteen-year-old Latino named Sean, walking home from school with his friend Lyla. It’s 2016 and Trump’s inevitable victory is days away. A white jock sits on his porch next to the American flag, and for no apparent reason taunts them as they stroll by (see it on Youtube). [4] Later we learn his name is Brett, which, given what follows, is probably a reference to the Trump-appointed supreme court justice Brett Kavanaugh, who’d been nominated just three months before this episode’s debut.

Back at Sean’s place the pair discuss drinking, smoking pot, and having casual sex at a Halloween party later that night –  Sean hopes to score with a white classmate. Lyla lights up and offers him a cigarette, and reminds him to pack some condoms and munchies because she’s bringing the pot. Thus a young, impressionable audience is reassured the game is hip in the first five minutes with all the grace of, “Hello, fellow teenagers!

Inside we meet Sean’s nine-year-old brother Daniel and their father (mom’s absence goes unexplained.) They’re a tanned but slim family rather than obese Mestizos [5] to be as appealing and sympathetic as possible to the mostly white audience. During a heart to heart with dad, he asks Sean to look after Daniel because “things are kinda scary out there in this country right now.” In the garage there’s a book titled “Revolution In Your Backyard [6]” – subtle – and a letter from the neighbor reveals a microcosm of the U.S.-Mexican border conflict:

“Mr. Diaz, Your property line overhangs on mine and your children are loud and won’t stay on their side. I have told you many times to build a legal, proper fence. . . between our two properties and you have not done it yet. I know my rights as a US citizen, maybe you don’t, and I expect you to also follow the rules. If you do not build a proper fence then I might take you to small claims court for damages.”

The white neighbors sound pretty mean, huh? Nevertheless, Daniel tries on his Halloween costume and goes outside to antagonize them. He sprays Brett with some fake blood, starting an argument. Running outside to see what’s happening, Brett tells Sean to go back to Mexico. Sean responds like an antifa thug by knocking him out (see it on Youtube). [7] Ironically, the scene aligns with the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ 2018 Survey of Criminal Victimization [8], which shows that in violent felonies between whites and Hispanics, Hispanics were the perpetrators in sixty-four percent of the incidents (per capita Hispanics were 5.9 times more likely to commit violent crimes against whites than the other way around).

Brett, from Life is Strange 2 [9]

Video game muckrack Kotaku had the nerve to claim that “the antagonist of Life is Strange 2 is racism” despite it being filled with blatant anti-white caricatures and slurs.

Conveniently, a squad car squeals to a halt and a white police officer jumps out to find Brett lying on the ground covered in “blood.” Shaken by the scene, he orders Sean and Daniel to lie down, but they make matters worse by ignoring his orders and protesting their innocence. Esteban intervenes but the cop accidentally shoots him in the chest, killing him instantly (see it on Youtube [10]). It’s at this point the Marvel [11] comic-like gimmick of Life is Strange 2 is introduced with Daniel activating a telekinetic blast. Sean rouses to find the cop car has flipped over, the officer is lying dead in the street, and Daniel is out cold. After briefly mourning his father’s death, he lifts Daniel up in his arms and flees the scene as sirens sound in the distance. (Later the player can command Daniel to use his powers to solve insulting “puzzles.”)

Apartment Patty and BBQ Becky, Meet Hillbilly Hank

A few days later the brothers are hiking out in the wilderness and stop at a gas station for supplies. They’re on the front page of the papers and wanted by police. Checking Sean’s messages, we learn that an officer has politely invited him down to the station to discuss what happened, Lyla’s family has offered them room and board, and his employer has extended a helping hand. Later we learn their maternal grandparents and mother are other possible safety nets, but Sean has decided to hitchhike to the relative peace [12] and safety [13] of México [14] with nothing but forty bucks in his pockets and the snacks he packed earlier.

Inside the store Sean meets Brody, a fat, bearded white guy in his late twenties who’d be played by Seth Rogen if this was a movie. He’s a traveling blogger who’s writing a piece about some nudists (we know he’s a goodwhite because he expresses support and tolerance for their alternative lifestyle). An old white man pulls into the parking lot giving the boys the stink-eye. He remarks it’s dangerous for a couple of kids to be out in the wilderness on their own, adding, “maybe you’re the ones that need to be watched.” He suspects they shoplifted from his store, and demands they come inside so he can check their bags. It’s possible the player did steal some supplies from the store, but even if you didn’t Sean will refuse to comply or prove his innocence! When Sean puts up a fight, the white man smacks Daniel and punches Sean in the gut, who then passes out (see it on Youtube [15]).

Sean awakens zip-tied to a metal pipe in the store’s office, and overhears the man talking on the phone. His name is Hank Stamper and he’s informing the police that he’s got a couple of fugitives. Hank then assures his wife that he’ll let the police take care of things and “then they’ll be off our property and won’t be our problem no more.” Ah, if only things were that easy, Hank – these ones have superpowers!

Hank explains he saw Sean in the paper, revealing his intentions. “Maybe I should call ICE to make sure you’re a citizen,” Hank threatens, setting the tone. “Fuck you hillbilly, I’m American,” Sean replies, humorously betrayed by his characteristic accent. Hank shows why his last name is Stamper by stomping on Sean’s face, giving him a bloody nose, prompting Sean to accuse him of kidnapping. Hank is unfazed, confident the local police will trust him over “a thug like you.” (See it on Youtube [16].) Are we to believe there’s a good ol’ boys network in Seattle, Washington like the ones in the South from sixty years ago? Were the writers not embarrassed to frame American police as corrupt given the state of things in Mexico [17]?

Hank, from Life is Strange 2 [18]

Hank’s threat sounds like a free ticket to Mexico for Sean and Daniel, which would sure beat hoofing it to Puerto Lobos!

“You’re the reason we need to build that wall,” Hank adds, before leaving the room. As if the scene hadn’t laid things on thickly enough, Sean notices a family photo hanging nearby. It’s Hank surrounded by his large, white, happy family, to which Sean hisses, “Yeah, we get it. You’re the perfect Americans.” Its an honest admission of the racial animosity many non-whites feel toward average white people, stoked by a steady drumbeat of anti-white racism as extolled by the media and academia. Hank is out of line, but what does that have to do with his family?

The brothers use teamwork to unlock the office’s back door and free Sean, but Daniel stupidly exits through the front of the store and is forced to overpower Hank with a telekinetic blast. They make a break for it with Brody. “Welcome to redneck land. This ain’t Seattle no more,” Brody laments, reassuring us he’s shabbos. Ironically, the writers see no problem with stereotyping millions of whites as hillbillies and rednecks for the sin of stereotyping others (in fact, Hank had not stereotyped the boys, but had seen them in the newspaper).

A typical race-traitor, Brody openly disavows his own family. That’s why he went on the road and now writes for ‘zines, does podcasts, and attends protests. “Wow, so you’re political, huh?” Sean asks. “Everything [19] is political,” comes the reply, adding that “traveling gives you perspective.” See, if rural retards like Hank were more cosmopolitan, they’d be okay with being demographically replaced by Mexicans! Brody books them a motel room and Sean finally explains to Daniel what really happened to their dad.

Squatters In Need of a Handout

Episode two begins with the pair squatting in an abandoned cabin in the woods, an unintentional metaphor for illegal immigrants freeloading in America. It’s winter, and the boys are running out of food, so they head to Beaver Creek to find their white maternal grandparents, Claire and Stephen. They’re welcomed in but Claire asks why they ran away if they’re innocent, and Sean mumbles something about not wanting Daniel to see their dead father.

Claire’s a task master, and that night she wants to do a group prayer revealing she’s a pious Christian. The player can agree or not; in the latter option Sean fidgets uncomfortably and reveals they’re not religious. After they go to bed, Sean reminds Daniel not to show their grandparents his powers to avoid any problems. Daniel soon breaks the rule, and Stephen warns them to keep it from Claire because she wouldn’t understand due to her religious beliefs. This pays off in a later scene where Claire is frightened of Daniel’s powers and even asks, “What are you, Daniel?” As if he’s the devil or something.

Sean checks the news online to see if attention has died down. Someone suggests the Seattle blast was a government false flag operation, with another replying that not everything is a conspiracy. Another post simply says, “NO MORE SANCTUARY CITIES!” This prompts Sean to murmur, “That’s some fucked up hate speech.” Reality check: “between forty to eighty percent [20] of criminal illegal aliens who are released by sanctuary jurisdictions go on to commit more crime,” with “Los Angeles County releasing up to 100 criminal illegal aliens every day. [21]” Does opposing sanctuary laws – an irresponsible far-left agenda – make one “hateful”?

Mugshots of eight criminal aliens released in Montgomery County [22]

Eight illegal aliens who committed rapes in Montgomery County in quick succession. It’s a county with a “sanctuary” policy, placing the needs of illegal immigrants above its own citizens. From Vdare.

With their grandparents away at church, Sean and Daniel head to a Christmas tree market with the neighbors. Perusing the stalls, Sean encounters a woman who bemoans capitalism (see it on Youtube [23]). Nearby he meets Cassidy, a busker sporting a half-shaven head with purple hair. She brags the homeless life is fun, she feels free, and nobody tells her what to do. “No corporation owns us,” she drawls confidently, reiterating the anti-capitalist slant.

Cassidy’s stoner friend Finn shows up with facial tattoos, a nose ring, smelly-looking dreadlocks, and thick gauges in his ears. A real role model. An angry white man from a nearby stall tells them to put a leash on their dog but they refuse, so he threatens to call the police and calls them “fucking parasites.” The squeegee kids mock the caricature as they shuffle off. Sean watched in silence, so Daniel urges Sean to “kick (the white man’s) ass.” Instead, they can play a prank on the man using Daniel’s powers by dunking him in the stall’s snow, because apparently two wrongs make a right. Our heroes are inevitably found by the police and hitch a train out of town with Cassidy and Finn.

Destroying Our National Parks

Episode three begins with a flashback to before the shooting. Checking Sean’s messages, we find a metaphor for illegal border crossing: Lyla texts Sean to organize a late night swim but Sean says he can’t go, and reminds her “there’s a big fence,” as if that ever stopped a Mexican. His friend Adam suggests they “jump it” and Lyla bluntly recommends “wirecutters [24].” Flashing forward, the brothers are camping out in the Redwood Forest of California at a hidden marijuana farm.

These farms actually exist, and they poison our wildlife and water [25], but Life is Strange 2 doesn’t dwell on that. Instead, Sean and Daniel, together with Cassidy and Finn and some others, are depicted as free-wheeling hippies who work at the farm to get back at “the man.” A fey black guy opines the pot farm will be run out of business by Big Pharma [26], which is ironic given you’d think he’d be looking forward to decriminalization.

Sean takes a liking to Cassidy and we learn her backstory. Her father was a “methhead” who “beat the shit” out of her boyfriend just because he wasn’t white. She adds that her brother threatened to shoot her for dating a black guy (see it on Youtube [27]). Race is much more than just skin color [28], and the rates of domestic violence and murder [29] in black male/white female relationships is off the charts, but her family’s rational concerns are brushed off as simple bigotry. She observes that once you’re out in the wild you realize “you don’t need all that shit they try to sell you” (like race-mixing propaganda [30] in video games, perhaps?).

Life is Strange 2 doubles down on its promotion of casual sex. A girl named Hannah asks Finn if he’ll drop by her tent that night, prompting Sean to ask how long they’ve been a couple. The pair chuckle. “We’re just fuckbuddies,” Hannah says. “We’re pretty open here. Fuck who you wanna fuck.” (See it on Youtube [31].)

That night Daniel reveals his telekinetic powers. A guy named Jacob suggests there’s a higher power involved, but Sean jokes he’s just a “reptilian.” Finn worries that Sean hasn’t got enough money to get to Mexico, and suggests they break in and steal Merrill’s stash using Daniel. The player can agree or not, but first Sean and Cassidy go skinny-dipping, and then head into her tent to have sex. Sean’s nervous but regrets they waited so long. “No shit. You’re kinda a slow player, dude,” Cassidy teases, again suggesting it’s normal for teenagers to engage in casual sex. Sean confesses he’s a virgin and apologizes for his poor performance, but Cassidy soothes his ego. Despite Sony recently cracking down on nudity [32] in Playstation games, Life is Strange 2 shows Hannah and Cassidy topless.

While Sean is busy browning Cassidy, Finn and Daniel run off together to rob Merrill regardless of what the player decided earlier in a brazen example of the game’s many false choices. Sean and Cassidy rush to Merrill’s place, where he holds them at gunpoint with a shotgun and admonishes them for their betrayal. Ordering them to get on their knees, Daniel is forced to use his powers to save their lives, but Merrill still gets a shot off, hitting Daniel in the shoulder. The telekinetic blast knocks everyone out.

“Squeal Like a Pig!” (cue banjo music)

Episode four opens two months later with Sean recovering in hospital, having lost his left eye during Daniel’s outburst at the pot farm. A black male nurse greets him with a friendly pound hug, and then a Mexican-American FBI agent interrogates Sean. The next day Sean will be sent to juvenile detention where he’ll await trial; accused of killing a police officer and unaware of what happened to Daniel, things are looking grim. The black nurse secretly returns Sean’s sketchbook, which includes a coded message from Jacob (who we met at the marijuana farm). It explains he and Daniel fled to Nevada, so that night Sean sneaks out and hotwires a car.

Running low on fuel and needing rest, Sean pulls over next to the highway and falls asleep. He’s soon awakened by someone rapping on the window. It’s a couple of stereotypical white rednecks – complete with overalls – demanding to know what Sean is doing on “their property.” The instigator, Chad, threatens to call the cops and orders Sean out of the car. As Chad questions Sean and searches the vehicle, he notices the car was stolen. Sean makes up a pathetic excuse, so Chad feels justified in giving him the third degree.

Chad asks Sean if he speaks Spanish, and orders him to translate “I’m a dirty thief.” He sarcastically explains he just wants to learn Spanish because “it might be the official language someday.” It’s an acknowledgement that in some parts of the country Spanish has become more common than English, a quirk of “multiculturalism” that many Americans justifiably oppose. Chad repeatedly pokes Sean in the forehead asking, “How do you say ‘this – is – not – my country’?” If you have Sean refuse, Chad will deck him in the face and then kick him while he’s down. Mike finally convinces Chad they’d better go, and Sean drives away, running on empty. (See it on Youtube [33].)

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The contrast couldn’t be clearer – or any less realistic – between the black nurse Joey and the white racists Chad and Mike. This is by design, with malice aforethought. In reality, blacks and Hispanics are far more likely to attack white people than the other way around, per DOJ reports on interracial violent crime.

Joey, the “cool” black nurse from earlier, was obviously cast to contrast with the rednecks Chad and Mike to enhance the humiliation and shame of the white audience. Certainly these kinds of interracial assaults occur, but who is more likely to attack who? According to interracial violent crime statistics from the Department of Justice for the years 2012-2013 [35] (the first DOJ report of this kind to separate out whites from Hispanic offenders), “Seans” were eight times more likely to attack “Chads” than vice versa. [1]

The next day Sean’s hiking alongside a scorching desert highway. Perhaps the writers felt slightly guilty for injecting more anti-white caricatures into their game, as they offset Chad and Mike with a friendly white trucker who stops to help. He reassures Sean that he’s “not a fucking weirdo, just a boring trucker.” He’s not lying – Sean’s dropped off without incident at Haven Point near a church. As Sean departs, he’s warned, “Be careful out there. These people are. . . kinda weird.”

Christian-bashing in Life is Strange 2

The rest of the fourth episode focuses on almost everything wrong with Christianity, except the ongoing pedophilia scandal. Not just any denomination, mind you, but an evangelical cult that has brainwashed Daniel in Sean’s absence and sideshows his powers to solicit donations. The leader of this cult, the “Reverend Mother” Lisbeth, comes across as melodramatic due to the poor writing and hollow acting, but she’s supposed to be a manipulative mastermind who’s protective of her new cash cow.

Sean is welcomed into the church and observes Lisbeth blandly sermonizing. “We are surrounded by false idols,” she begins – a subtle insult to Christians, if taken literally – before droning on about God speaking to her, and Him sending someone with the power of God. “Please welcome our newest member, the angel Daniel!” Daniel enters from a back room, sporting a goofy-looking bowl cut and nerdy church clothes. He uses his telepathy to lift the church’s large, golden cross, before gently hovering it over a gasping crowd straight out of cringeworthy televangelist broadcasts. (See it on Youtube [36].)

Daniel, from Life is Strange 2 [37]

 

Sean and Daniel cheerfully reunite, but he’s been brainwashed and doesn’t want to leave the church. (Why would he; Sean is in no position to provide food or shelter!) Regardless of how you play your cards, Lisbeth tells Sean he’s not welcome until he’s “done penance.” Her right hand man Nicholas grabs Sean and throws him out, then brandishes a gun, warning he won’t hesitate to use it. This puts a lie to Sean’s earlier invitation, where he was told “everyone is welcome here, no matter who you are, or where you’re from – in His eyes, we’re all equal.” Get it? Christianity and America are supposed to be melting pots, and it’s hypocritical and unchristian to shun anyone and everyone from entering!

Conveniently, it’s at this moment the boys’ blonde mother Karen makes her entrance, as somehow she too received a letter from Jacob and has arrived to rescue Daniel. Sean’s reticent but the two hash out their differences. Meeting with Jacob, they plan to extricate Daniel and Jacob’s younger sister Sarah. Sarah’s got pneumonia, but the church won’t let her see a doctor because they don’t believe in medical science. Compounding this sinister neglect, Sean and Jacob find Lisbeth keeps prescription pills in her own bathroom. It seems Lisbeth doesn’t want to spend money on doctors unless it’s for herself (her bean-counting would make anti-Semitic caricatures blush!).

Then Jacob reveals why he left the church to begin with, dolloping on some more guilt: He’s gay, and they tried conversion therapy on him. Sure, this sort of thing does happen, but it’s astonishing that the writers at Dontnod Entertainment have the temerity to shame white American Christians for homophobia in their pro-Mexican story given that Mexico has “the second-highest rate of homophobic crimes in the world (after Brazil) [38].” [2] According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting statistics from 2016, Hispanics in America commit anti-LGBT hate crimes at rates several times that of whites (five times higher against gays, and fourteen times higher against transsexuals).

FBI statistics on hate crimes against LGBT people by race [39]

As expected there’s a ridiculous confrontation inside the church, with Lisbeth claiming she’s Daniel’s mother now. Karen tries to talk some sense into him, but he won’t listen to her. When Sean tries to take him by force, Daniel sends him flying – accidentally knocking some lit candles onto the floor that conveniently set the church aflame. Lisbeth’s goon Nicholas pummels Sean repeatedly and sticks a gun in his face, but Sean perseveres and reminds Daniel that blood is thicker than water. It’s one tedious cliché after another, and not the least bit emotionally engaging. (See it on Youtube [40].)

Seeing his brother bruised and bloodied, Daniel snaps out of it and uses his powers to neutralize Nicholas. The Diaz family then makes a run for it, but Lisbeth magically beats them to the entrance and locks them all inside, shrieking, “You started this fire, and you will all burn in this Hell!” Daniel can use his powers to ruthlessly execute her, or the player can have Sean shoot her to have him shoulder the burden. It’s also possible that everyone can escape with their lives, including Lisbeth and Nicholas, but the church is inevitably burnt to the ground. Thus the chapter ends with an overblown attack on Christians – don’t hold your breath waiting for Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, or any other religion to ever be depicted in this manner!

“Your Facts are Just Bigotry and Hatred”

The final episode begins with Sean and Daniel hiding out at an off-grid hippie commune with their mom. However, they can’t stay long because the feds are closing in on them. Sean and Daniel reach the border and they’re stopped by Trump’s (non-existent [41]) wall. “Why would they build this?” Daniel asks. “Well. . . You know, it’s a border, man,” replies Sean. “Is there a wall like this, up North?” “No, not really.” “So, why did they build one here?” “I don’t know, Daniel.” “That sucks.” Such is the political commentary in Life is Strange 2 (see it on Youtube.) [42]

An American and a Pride flag fly side-by-side in Life is Strange 2 [43]

At the commune Sean meets an old gay couple who fly a rainbow flag next to an American one. “Now that’s some real patriots,” Sean says when you examine the flags. But Daniel admits he was weirded out by the couple – at least, at first (see it on Youtube [44]). Given their age, and the statistics mentioned above, their conversation doesn’t seem very realistic.]

Daniel uses his powers to triumphantly tear open the wall, but he’s shot by a couple of white vigilantes patrolling the border before they can cross into Mexico. A man with a camo vest emblazoned with the American flag hops out of a pickup truck and examines Daniel, concerned that his female partner may have killed him. “Keep an eye on the wall. These fuckers blew it up so their friends can cross.” (See it on Youtube [45].)

Some border patrol agents arrive and to Sean’s surprise the vigilantes are arrested first. Recognizing Sean, the officer takes him and Daniel into custody. Sean wakes up in a small cage-like cell with a Mexican couple who admit it’s their third time crossing the border illegally. The Mexican man explains insecurity and poverty affected their lives on a daily basis, as if that gives them the right to freeload in America. The woman says that in Mexico violence is everywhere, and that her husband’s brother was abducted and killed in gang violence. They warn Sean that it won’t be an easy life in Mexico. The writers seem to be admitting that Mexicans are what make Mexico a bad place.

Learning about Sean’s ordeal, the Mexicans sympathize and say that “when you’re a foreigner, you have to work twice as hard to make it.” Even if foreigners had to work ten times as hard, no one forced them to come to America. And while it’s true that foreigners may have to learn English as a second language, it’s also true that whites (and Asians) must work harder than Hispanics to “make it” into Harvard and other colleges and universities. Earlier this year Harvard was sued [46] for its affirmative action quotas that restrict the number of Asian students it admits so that more blacks and Hispanics can get in, even with much lower grades. One estimate calculated that if it did not give preferential treatment to Hispanics (based purely on race), their percentage of the student body would drop from fifteen percent to three percent (and blacks would drop from sixteen percent to just one percent!)

Their conversation is interrupted by the vigilante – who suggests the Mexicans speak English – and an argument ensues. The Mexican man reasons they’re coming to work, not to steal or live “at your home.” The vigilante woman replies that their unborn baby is a parasite, and that it’s a fact that Americans have to pay for their welfare. “Your facts are just bigotry and hatred!” Sean shouts angrily (see it on Youtube [47]), yet the “bigoted” and “hateful” facts can’t be refuted. During a congressional hearing, Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL) stated the following:

“In 2016, the Pew Research Center estimated that 3.9 million – or 7.3% – of kindergarten through 12th grade students in the United States were either here illegally or were the children of at least one parent illegally present in the United States. Can anyone tell me how much we spend on public education for that population of students? It’s around $60 billion.” [3]

And that’s just the annual bill for education programs like English as a Second Language (ESL). According to a 2017 study by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), the total cost of illegal immigration is more like $116 billion a year – after only $19 billion is recouped in taxes. [4] To put it another way, that’s like every illegal alien being given seven thousand dollars a year, with most of that money coming from state and local taxpayers. It’s noteworthy that the FAIR study – which some might accuse of having a conservative bias – actually had a lower estimate for the cost of education than Pew.

The money spent on illegal immigrants and their children is only half the story. There’s also the issue of Hispanic crime costing lives, and Hispanic voting patterns changing the electoral landscape. Furthermore, it’s hypocritical to call Americans “hateful” and “bigoted” [48] for opposing illegal immigration when Mexicans are themselves hostile to the influx of South Americans and other illegals entering their country: A survey by The Washington Post and Mexico’s Reforma newspaper [49] found that sixty percent of Mexicans feel migrants are a burden on their country because they take jobs and benefits that should belong to Mexicans, and fifty-five percent support deporting migrants who travel through Mexico to reach the United States. [5]

There are four possible endings depending on your choices, and all of them are unsatisfying. The most logical ending has Sean and Daniel escape the police only to give themselves up peacefully at the border. Sean spends fifteen years in prison while Daniel is raised by their white grandparents, and we see them reunited after his release. In the other endings Sean may die as they clash with the border police, or the brothers may become separated with one of them living in Puerto Lobos. We see some Mexican thugs try to jump the brothers in a couple of the endings, but we never really see what life would be like there.

Conclusion

Dontnod’s notion of interactive fiction prioritizes propaganda ahead of player choice, as the writers maintain a stranglehold on the narrative. Sure, you can change a line of dialogue here and there, and maybe one or two decisions per episode launches into its own brief isolated scene, but the episodes always start and end the same way. If the plot diverged more often it’d be worth playing at least twice to see an alternate timeline, but apparently that’s too much work. As it stands there’s very little reason to ever replay an episode. In fact, there’s no real reason to play this at all when you can just watch it on Youtube. Despite working directly with the studio behind Detroit: Become Human [50], Dontnod seemingly hasn’t learned any of its lessons.

If the intention was to elicit empathy for the Diaz brothers, and by extension all immigrants, the writers failed miserably. The most they got out of me was a disapproving head shake. While the first season of Life is Strange subtly insulted its white audience, the second drops all pretense and declares war on white people. It seems pretty likely that Dontnod will dive into the grave next to Telltale [51] as players wise up to its illusory choices and provocative and radical far-left agenda.

A preview of the next Life is Strange. [52]

Dontnod’s next propaganda piece pretending to be a video game will star a transgender protagonist. Apparently this was a bridge too far for Square-Enix, as Microsoft has proudly announced it will take over publishing.

Notes

[1] Bureau of Justice Statistics, National Crime Victimization Survey, 2012-2013, Special Tabulation, via American Renaissance [35].

[2] AFP, “1,000 people assassinated in five years due to homophobia in Mexico” (Spanish), May 10, 2007 (web archive from Enkidu [53]), and EFE, “NGOs denounce Mexico as country with second-most homophobic crimes” (Spanish), May 17, 2006 (web archive from Enkidu [54])

[3] John Binder, “Byrne: Americans Billed $60B a Year to Educate Illegal Aliens, Anchor Babies [55],” Breitbart, December 4th, 2019, https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/12/04/byrne-americans-billed-60b-a-year-to-educate-illegal-aliens-anchor-babies/ [55]

[4] American Renaissance, “New FAIR Study: Illegal Immigration Costs $116 Billion Annually [56],” September 27, 2017,  https://www.amren.com/news/2017/09/new-fair-study-illegal-immigration-costs-116-billion-annually/ [57]

[5] Kevin Sieff and Scott Clement, “Unauthorized immigrants face public backlash in Mexico, survey finds [49],” The Washington Post, July 27, 2019, https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/unauthorized-immigrants-face-public-backlash- [49]in-mexico-survey-finds/2019/07/16/f7fc5d12-a75e-11e9-a3a6-ab670962db05_story.html