Thursday, November 19, 2015

MOS: Crisis of conscience

No words are uttered in the ending cinematic of Mega Man 2, but the implication is that the title character begins to question his purpose. His goal of protecting the peace could only be achieved via the destruction of every other comparable robot. Mega Man's circuit brain struggles with this contradiction as he walks home (a journey that apparently takes an entire year, if we're to take the ending's visuals literally), and finally we see his helmet sitting abandoned atop a hill overlooking an idyllic town.

Mega Man 2 was the first NES game I ever finished and the introspective nature of this ending took me by surprise the first time I saw it at age eleven. It was years before I saw a video game ending that would come close to the poetry and interpretability of this one.

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