Why time loops are such a weird genre for an anxious time

Are from 12 minutes arrive Deathloop arrive Wild outside, the time loop game is having a real moment right now. And that’s not even to mention all the TV shows and movies that dip their toes in the timeline.

Part of the reason why they’re popular is because the world is a mess, and we either don’t know how to fix it, or can’t – but that’s a really incomplete answer. There is a particular aspect to modern anxiety that makes it manifest in stories about time loops. In fact, the time loop medium is just the most obvious tip of an oddly trending iceberg, an iceberg comprised of alternate reality stories and in-game meta elements – every word Marvel‘S Loki and Spider-Man: There’s no way home arrive Encode and Undertale.

The earliest time-loop story is probably “Double and Double”, written by Malcolm Jameson in 1941. In it, a man spends a day so perfectly that he wishes every day was equal. may be like it. That’s classic ironic wish territory.

The concept of a time loop has spread a lot in the decades since. In Groundhog’s DayPhil lived on the same day for thousands of years, while Run Lola Run just spins through the 20-minute loop three times, until Lola finds a way to save her terrible boyfriend’s terrible life.

Run Lola Run provided specific samples for The Legend of Zelda: The Mask of Majora. The game must have been developed in less than a year with reused content from Ocarina of Time. So developers focus on a small event loop that allows for little content but great depth of discovery.

Watch the video above to learn more about why we have trouble with time loops and maybe a little longer.

https://www.polygon.com/videos/22907078/time-loops-12-minutes-deathloop-elsinore Why time loops are such a weird genre for an anxious time

Aila Slisco

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