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Death Stranding Makes More Sense Now Than Ever

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Image: Kojima Productions

When Death Stranding launched last year, I thought, boy, this is a timely game. That it was all an allegory for working at Amazon in some dystopian future. Maybe, but now, the game seems more relevant than ever.

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It’s not just because the game features the political implications of a fractured country. In Death Stranding, people are holed up in their bunkers. They are isolated. They are social distancing and avoiding social contact with others.

When I originally played the game, this element seemed so foreign. Why would people isolate themselves? Why don’t they go out and meet Sam?

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But now due to coronavirus covid-19, some people do not want to go outside and interact with anyone, whether that’s co-workers, friends, or delivery people.

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Screenshot: Domino’s

That’s why in Japan, Domino’s now has “zero-contact” delivery, allowing people to leave their money and get their pizza without being close to the delivery person.

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The game suddenly feels more real and very relevant:

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As evident by this father and his DIY baby-pod Kotaku previously covered:

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No wonder meme images of Sam Porter Bridges delivering toilet paper and other goods have gone viral.

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Kotaku contributor and author of Cyber Shogun Revolution author Peter Tieryas did an insightful thread on just how prescient Death Stranding is:

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Hideo Kojima made a game that reflects the time in which we live.

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But if you do get the urge to replay Death Stranding, do remember this:

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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apocalypticboredom
ApocalypticBoredom

I suppose in this scenario, those assholes hoarding all the toilet paper would be MULEs.