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Aaamaazing: How I Learn To Be a Better Man

Though lovers be lost love shall not.
- Dylan Thomas

Braid is a game I struggled to finish - I知 simply bad at puzzle games of any kind, but the aspect of the game that truly affected me was the story. I知 not going to rant on the ambiguous nature of the game, but more about the literal words used in the game.

Before you enter each world there are a number of books; these books contain a little paragraph that tells you the story. This little piece of writing is what affected me emotional, not the game itself, but the words in the game.

As you progress through each world. The paragraph in the books get longer and complicated, but starts to reveal your character. These paragraphs can almost be a short story into itself, and like Franz Kafka痴 amazing short story 典welve Sons I can relate to it to on a grand scale. Our protagonist, Tim, is me.

Tim is off on a search to rescue the princess. She has been snatched by a horrible and evil monster. This happened because Tim made a mistake.

Not just one. He made many mistakes during the time they spend together, all those years ago. Memories of their relationship have become muddled, replace wholesale, but one remains clear: the princess turning sharply away, her braid lashing at him with contempt.

He knows she tried to be forgiving, but who can just shrug away a guilty lie, a stab in the back? Such a mistake will change a relationship irreversibly, even if we have learned from the mistake and would never repeat it. The princess痴 eyes grew narrower. She became more distant.

Our world, with its rule of causality, has trained us to be miserly with forgiveness. By forgiving too readily, we can be badly hurt. But if we致e learned from a mistake and become better for it, shouldn稚 we be rewarded for the learning, rather than punished for the mistake?

What if our world worked differently? Suppose we could tell her: 的 didn稚 mean what I just said, and she would say: 的t痴 okay, I understand, and she would not turn away, and life would really proceed as though we had never said that thing? We could remove the damage but still be wiser for the experience.

That is taken from the first five books of world 2 (the first world in the game). It痴 pretty easy to see the ambiguity in the writing. What did Tim do wrong? Why is he running away? These are questions that I ask myself everyday. When I first played Braid, I was down, bruised, and beaten up by my last relationship. This relationship went on for three years, the longest for me, and like Tim, I made mistakes, and like Tim, I知 not telling, but wish I can go back in time and keep my mouth shut, or word my sentence in a different way. I sometimes wonder if I explained to her my feelings would she understand, or would she would hiss? Braid is all about forgiveness and learning from your experiences. I can say that I am a better man because of my last relationship. I now know how to talk and treat women better, not that I was some kind of monster I was a very shy guy before I met her, but I now posses the knowledge and confidence towards women that was once absent in my younger life.

I知 now a college student who has since moved on with my life, but I still think about her. When I go out on a date, she痴 on my mind this woman taught me everything about sex, love, and responsibility and I repaid her with ignorance. It痴 easy to dismiss what I had. I was young and inexperienced. I can easily blame my youth for my actions, but that would be a lie. I had complete control of my actions and knew what I was doing, my aim and intent was clear.

A few tears would come rolling down my cheek at every sentence in this game. I would find it difficult to look away from the screen, or to continue on with the game. I would re-read each book again and again till I got tired.

The game itself turned out to be quite a challenging puzzle game, but without these pieces of writing in the game, I doubt I would have finished it.

The ending is when the game finally answered my question: does the princess truly hate him? Take a look at the answer below.

It seems like the princess had enough of Tim. The princess is not willing to forgive; because all she did in the relationship was forgive. My relationship ended by her taking me to a Starbucks and telling me it痴 over. After that, we fought, and my last words to her were 堵o fuck yourself. I haven稚 talk to her in two years.

Since then, I wrote her a small e-mail. I will now share an excerpt from it.

I知 sorry. You're right about everything. There is nothing I can say. I was an asshole those last couple of months. I'm glad you're happy and much more confident now. I'm perfectly aware that I was the problem the last couple of months in the relationship. This will sound clich, but I was young and didn't have any experience at all when we went out.

I noticed what I did was wrong and that's why I stopped calling and texting you the next day. I knew I was the problem, so I left you alone and never bothered you again. I just want to say I'm sorry. I don't want to see you or try to start a new friendship. I want you to know that I understand how you felt and there is nothing I can do or say to excuse any of my actions. You helped me so much in my life. You showed me so much, and I repaid you with ignorance. I apologize to you. I just wanted to get in contact with you to say that. Thank you for everything you have done. Till this day I have not met a girl so bright, beautiful and strong as you. I wish you nothing but happiness in the future, and I realize I let something special go.

Her reply:

... I didn't get any.

Braid is the only game to make me feel this emotion. It痴 the only game that had me pause for a moment and think about my life. It痴 the only piece of art that told me I wasn稚 alone - everything will work out... it's the only thing I can truly relate to.
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About VenusInFursone of us since 4:39 PM on 02.11.2011

Wow, I have a twitter now. Hmmm, would you like to follow me? Here, take this link. If you follow me; I will make all your dreams come true: Twitter

Here's my Tumblr; it's where I write all my miscellaneous stuff: Tumblr

Do you like films? Do you like my writing? If so, then have a look at my movie blog: Flixist

I'm a student. I'm currently working on my second degree. My past jobs were working at a gym and Urban Outfitters. I love to play guitar, read, listen to music, and watch films. I'm funny and enjoy the arts. I sometimes can ramble on about literature and films. I'm born and breed in New York. I'm easy going and I love fashion. My favorite system is the DS. I constantly shop at Urban Outfitters and Topshop. I really don't know what else to say. Oh yeah, I'm a cool guy!

I Stand Alone, Magnolia, There Will Be Blood, Fight Club, Antichrist, Enter The Void, Dogtooth

Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Lhasa De Sela, MC5, Neil Young, Velvet Underground, Radiohead, Manu Chao, The Smiths, Nine Inch Nails

The Trial, Notes From Underground, Paris Spleen, Crime And Punishment, Junky, Hunger, Nausea, The Stranger

Super Mario Bros., Lost in Shadow, Braid

Favorite Articles I've written:

Demon's Souls: An Allegory for Life


Diary of a Breton: Journey to Solitude

Are You Afraid of the Dark?

Explain Yourself!

Venus, Put on some Fur and let's Talk

Front Page Articles

The Emasculation of a Father

A Small Thank You

I started a blog at this very site to let some of my feelings out. In some way Destructoid was therapy for me. I write about everything from my mother, past relationships, financial situations, friends, hipsters, school, etc. This is done not for sympathy, but as a way to expresses myself. My financial situation is a mess and I have no idea how I知 going to make a living, but writing and reading some of the response from great users have bought a wealth of positiveness to my life; It really doesn稚 have to be anything big, but a simple comment of appreciation is enough to fill my heart with joy. It痴 strange writing this, but joining this community has been the best thing I've ever done, well, second best thing; getting laid is pretty cool. What I知 trying to say here is thank you. Thank you for this awesome community. Thank you for reading. Thank you for commenting. Thank you for being awesome.

A big thanks goes to falsenipple for the header!

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