From Across the Net – "The Deadliest Disaster at Sea Killed Thousands, Yet Its Story Is Little-Known. Why?"

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I can’t imagine having to flee for my life, away from Soviet forces. Frantically boarding a ship, thinking I was saved. Only to have a submarine destroy what had been my salvation… and bury me in the cold sea. This is a good piece, via the Smithsonian, on the sinking of the “Wilhelm Gustloff”.

In context, the Gustloff was another tragedy in a war full of losses. By then, “there was a stigma about discussing any sort of German suffering during the war after everything the Nazis did to the rest of Europe,” Edward Petruskevich, curator of the online Wilhelm Gustloff Museum, writes in an e-mail. “The Gustloff was just another casualty of war along with the countless other large ships sunk on the German side.”

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Infinite Possibilities

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The City of Columbia, nestled in the sky.

Once the blood began to spill, I knew, that many more would die.

Spent the first waking hours of 2015 playing BioShock Infinite for the first time. The first thirty minutes of the game are breathtaking. Religious and cult-like symbolism, politics run amok, and haunting hymns echoed in my headphones. Wandering the streets of the floating utopia, the sun soaking the streets, I knew that all was not right. One man, Comstock, has built a cult around himself and his family. His daughter, it seems, is the key to salvation. I want to throw up and yet I continue to take in the scene.

My time in the city turns violent the moment I chose not to throw a baseball at an interracial couple. Blood spills in the most violent fashion. At first, I am shocked. A button press or two later, I am repeating the violent action for self preservation. So much blood.

At this point I realize that many more will die by my hands. Just who is the protagonist I play as, a mass murderer?

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The world and story of Infinite are engrossing. I like the contrast of darkness versus light; Acts of violence committed in a sunlit world.

Not sure if I am going to pick up the full game when I finish the demo. But if I do, you’ll know.

Oh yeah, Happy New Year!