D-D-D-Danger! Watch Behind You

D-D-D-Danger! Watch Behind You

When complex academia meets ducks, what results? Greed, fear, and ludonarrative dissonance in DuckTales.

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This. Is. Brilliant.

wow. a really great article. very well written.

but holy shit you think too much about a game!

holy shit.... thats a really strange combination of words.
a shit that is holy...

Somebody spilled Cracked on my Escapist!

This article is wonderful and that scond-last paragraph is beautifully put, but I would also like to curse you, Robert Rath; I have a lot of filing to do today, and I'm going to be humming that theme song for the next several hours.

Wow, I've never thought of Ducktales in this way before. You have opened my eyes to see the true darkness in the soul of this nefarious duck.

You forgot Gizmoduck. Gizmoduck was awesome.

I like satire.

I love well executed satire!

I love well executed satire on the internet that openly admits to being satire because it cuts down on the amount of comments from people who missed the intent to satirize. You managed to do this last part in an engaging fashion as well!

So yeah, all my kudos!

I guess that it was the harmful influence from all those Donald Duck comics I had as a child that turned me into the exploitative, greedy fascist that I am today.

Aw, phooey!

(EDIT: Pretending to miss the point for comic effect, did not actually miss the point. Please, remain in your trousers, ladies and gentlemen)

This is a masterpiece! Whatever rewards you can get for making this beautiful piece of work you should get Rath!

Well done! ;D

This article leaves out when his nephews were in a mining cart that fell into the abyss so that our hero could continue to plunder South America.

Ah, Mr. Cath, nicely played. I did feel it was a bit too much by the end, but those two paragraphs left me assured that you haven't gotten the crazy that sometimes afflicts other contributors on this site. Stay classy.

Robert Rath:
D-D-D-Danger Watch Behind You

....and now I've got the Ducktales theme tune stuck in my head. Possibly forevermore. Damn you!!!

I fear for what became of Huey, Dewie and Louis with role models like Scrooge (a greedy, selfish git) and Donald (frequently short tempered, aggressive and violent)... Those pool lil ducklings!

It must suck having to put out an article every week when sometimes you simply have nothing worth writing about.

IckleMissMayhem:

Robert Rath:
D-D-D-Danger Watch Behind You

....and now I've got the Ducktales theme tune stuck in my head. Possibly forevermore. Damn you!!!

I fear for what became of Huey, Dewie and Louis with role models like Scrooge (a greedy, selfish git) and Donald (frequently short tempered, aggressive and violent)... Those pool lil ducklings!

Not to worry, if the comics are any indication, they're doing fine, despite their uncles. I'd say it's mainly thanks to them that neither Scrooge or Donald have thrown themselves off Duckburg Bridge yet.

Well, unless they'd end up with a murder-suicide scenario of some description.

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Thank you sir, that was a laugh I really needed. Well done, as always.

With all due respect, I must disagree with your analysis, Mr. Rath. You've neglected to consider the placement of certain key elements, such as the Incan Sentinel or King Slime. These figures of the story only ever come near the climax of a chapter, the end point. In this way, they clearly demonstrate the notion of the "Great Man" hypothesis of history; this, of course, is a concept neatly mirrored in Scrooge himself. And how do these stories always end? In violence. Far from the Great Men of History coming together to shape it, they squabble over the boundaries of their greatness.

Far from Greek Tragedy, the story is closer to political satire, an argument that any man who would seek to ascend will surely come into conflict with those who do likewise; it suggests distrust of authority and hatred of the privileged. It's closer to an endorsement of anarchy. (Indeed, the existence of a 'bad ending' gained by collecting no money defeats the suggestion of Greek tragedy, with that form's implication of fate. This is about the economic jungle, and the invisible hand being red in tooth and claw.)

(I am so sorry for the mixed metaphor at the end there and any images produced thereby.)

That was amazing. Inspiring, even - now I can't stop thinking about all my other games and how dissonant they are or aren't. It's become stuck in my head even more firmly than the song.

I have to disagree. If I remember the show right, the boys were always out there trying to adventure on their own, putting themselves in danger and often rescued by their uncles or Scrooge's paid servants.

Also, Scrooge McDuck was a self made man, and he busts his ass in the game for his money. If only I could live in a world with more Scrooge McDucks, where everyone was so determined to make their own way.

I even remember an episode where Scrooge encounters the witches from MacBeth, and proves to them all that in all of his dealings, he never cheated or even lied. Truly, he's a role model for us all.

Ohh Robert, I didn't know that you used to work at Cracked.

In all seriousness though, that was one amazing piece of satire...if it was satire at all. But in all honesty, this felt a bit dark and too philosophical about a duck that is so rich, that he has enough money to chuck most of it into a money bin. Sometimes its not good for ones own mind to think too deeply about silly stuff, otherwise one might plunge oneself into madness.

Or that is just my take on it. Either way, keep on writing good articles Robert.

captcha: Inside out. Whoa...far out man. *Eats a...peculiar puffin*

Rituro:
This. Is. Brilliant.

Yes it was... from a certain perspective... just not the one I was standing at[1]...

[1] I have very fond memories of this show, and those memories prevent me from enjoying this piece as the satire it was meant to be...

Bravo, bravo! A jolly good read. I must say I did love your explanation as to why Huey, Dewey, and Louie live with Scrooge instead of Donald, I have often wondered as to way those three got shuffled around so much and it makes sense considered Donald's naval service, but it does have more then a bit of a Cracked feel to the whole thing, akin to that article on how Donald has PTSD from his war service

Perhaps Scrooge's motivation for hoarding wealth stems from trauma of his own childhood. Perhaps he had a trust fund, but it was stolen by his parents who then fled the country. Perhaps his greed is not born from growing up with nothing, but from revenge.

008Zulu:
Perhaps Scrooge's motivation for hoarding wealth stems from trauma of his own childhood. Perhaps he had a trust fund, but it was stolen by his parents who then fled the country. Perhaps his greed is not born from growing up with nothing, but from revenge.

Nah he was a Scottish immigrant if I remember. His parents appeared to live a good, if less affluent, life. Scrooge left when he was young for the US to seek a fortune for reasons not really explored beyond that he wanted it, and that his dad hated his bagpipe playing.

I feel weird for just knowing that off the top of my head.

Still though, Scrooge may have been a terrible person, but at least he wasn't a terrible capitalist. Yes he hoards liquid assets, keeping it out of the economy and investments, and he probably crushed a few businesses and put some people out of work in the process, but he did keep contractors busy repairing all the destruction he and the Beagle boys caused in their city.

Bluestorm83:
Also, Scrooge McDuck was a self made man, and he busts his ass in the game for his money. If only I could live in a world with more Scrooge McDucks, where everyone was so determined to make their own way.

I quite agree. While I wouldn't go so far as to suggest that I in any way base the way i live my life on the exploits of a cartoon duck, I do think that Scrooge makes an excellent role model and certainly had a huge impact on my attitude towards work from a young age.

While some of the lessons one might take away from certain episodes of Duck Tales could be accurately described as morally questionable, I believe that it was one of the few shows that ever tried to teach children about work ethics, and the value of standing on your own two feet.

TallanKhan:

Bluestorm83:
Also, Scrooge McDuck was a self made man, and he busts his ass in the game for his money. If only I could live in a world with more Scrooge McDucks, where everyone was so determined to make their own way.

I quite agree. While I wouldn't go so far as to suggest that I in any way base the way i live my life on the exploits of a cartoon duck, I do think that Scrooge makes an excellent role model and certainly had a huge impact on my attitude towards work from a young age.

While some of the lessons one might take away from certain episodes of Duck Tales could be accurately described as morally questionable, I believe that it was one of the few shows that ever tried to teach children about work ethics, and the value of standing on your own two feet.

While happily children won't fully embrace unbridled capitalism by watching Duck Tales, I find the notion of a world population by nothing but Scrooge McDucks both entertaining, and terrifying.

It'd look rather much like the current situation, only rather more... cutthroat. Lots of poor, few rich, and everyone is trying to get higher up at any cost.

Some other points of interest that were not mentioned herein.

The nephews actually sell you things in the second game, I forget if they did in the first one, but at a grossly inflated sum. Essentially extorting their uncle for resources he might desperately need, which means they have been learning the family business.

Launchpad wasn't mentioned at all, but its interesting that Scrooge is so obsessed with luchre that he chooses to hang off a rope dangling out of the helicopter just so he can literally pick up the diamonds in the sky during the little bonus level you can get. You get it by taking the ride offered by LP when your $ ends in a certain digit I think.

The nephews going down in the minecart was already mentioned but seriously...that would have been perfect to put in the article.

That being said I didn't find the article to be the brilliant bit of satire that others seem to.

It just seemed to present what would be an interesting topic of discussion, and apply it to a game that really doesn't have enough in the way of a narrative to warrant it. Pretty much seems like you had wanted to do a slanted critique of a fairly innocuous game for children, by viewing it through a prism of psuedo intellectualism to elicit impressed mutterings or nostalgia based cries of foul from the reader.

The opening part of the article sadly has next to nothing to do with the rest of it, and was likely appended in an effort to couch an otherwise blase demonization of a cartoon duck as being the product of a careful deconstruction of genuine subtext and grand themes to give you a measure of gravitas before you decided to liken pogo jumping to a literal rape of the planet.

I mean it was a good read, but not brilliant. Yes I get that its not to be taken seriously, and neither should my criticism of it.

Personally I would rather read a legitimate discussion of ludonarrative dissonance, perhaps with kirby, or silent hill for example. I mean I get that the DT remake is upon us, but I wanted to nerd out dammit v_v

Urgh! I mean URGH! What the bollocks was this? If this is satire, it's the kind where you want to wash your eyes afterwards.
But it isn't satire. Satire is supposed to make fun of something. So what is this article making fun of? Certainly not left-wing anticapitalism and political correctness, otherwise it would've been funnier. No guys, you've been double crossed. This is left-wing anticapitalism and political correctness disguised as a satire of left-wing anticapitalism and political correctness. And not even a good one, the true intention shines brighter than the flimsy diguise put over it.

Robert, did you just make a narrative dissonance article about Duck Tales while also satiring the overuse of such articles? 'Cause I'm pretty sure you did.
Bravo good sir! Bravo!!

sagitel:
wow. a really great article. very well written.

but holy shit you think too much about a game!

that's what i thought as well!
i'm not against interpreting things, but like pretty much everything: don't overdo it!

(although i bet it'd be quite interesting what he has to say about Tetris. Or Super Mario. Or Portal (come on, a silent woman holding a big gun that shoots coloured energy that fizzles out, jumping through holes she created herself? certainly you can work with that?). Or [insert game here].)

Wow what a great article! Loved the writing style!

Damn,nothing turns me off reading something faster than seeing the words 'ludonarrative dissonance.'

PoT667:
Urgh! I mean URGH! What the bollocks was this? If this is satire, it's the kind where you want to wash your eyes afterwards.
But it isn't satire. Satire is supposed to make fun of something. So what is this article making fun of? Certainly not left-wing anticapitalism and political correctness, otherwise it would've been funnier. No guys, you've been double crossed. This is left-wing anticapitalism and political correctness disguised as a satire of left-wing anticapitalism and political correctness. And not even a good one, the true intention shines brighter than the flimsy diguise put over it.

We have failed, comrades, he was not fooled. He was too bright to be led astray by our devious duck propaganda.

No matter. We will just have to fight directly. Yes, mark my word, we of the global PC left wing communist fascist block will take over the world! With or without ducks, we shall steal your money and your white women and force you to use long, complicated PC terms! Moahahahaha!!

Well, in all honesty, we won't. Because we don't exist.

 

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