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Character Select: Subverting Power – Eddie Riggs from Brütal Legend

Video games are known for being escapist media. For many, it is the chance to live in a world that is beyond their own, using their skills to overcome challenges before them. Many games fall into the trope of a standard power fantasy—the do-no-wrong type of character that has the world revolve around them. Their skills and ego are massaged to perfection, and the world bends to accommodate their presence.  Power fantasies are intoxicating because of that sense of inflated self-worth, but what of games where the push to be…

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