Note: This is the first installment in what will hopefully be a weekly series of vaguely connected essays on Persona 5 as I make my way through it. This essay contains light spoilers for the first two hours of the game. This post is originally from my Medium blog.
I finally finished watching Twin Peaks recently and something’s been on my mind ever since the final episode. It didn’t really occur to me how familiar the Black Lodge’s decor felt until I probed my memory banks and then, EUREKA! The Persona series!
The Hotline Miami series laughs at our attempts to make sense of it. So naturally I’m going to try to make sense of it. Spoilers for Hotline Miami 1 & 2.
Pour yourself a damn fine cup of coffee and see how director David Lynch directly influenced 17 games, including Zelda: Link's Awakening, Silent Hills, and Life is Strange. Click annotations throughout to skip spoilers.
Arrakis... Dune... Desert Planet.
When I decided to do a group of mini-reviews of albums from the last year, I thought to myself, "Well damn, now I have to pick what to talk about." Turns out I only listened to five or so albums from this whole year, so it wasn't that hard. I may have listened to others but they obviously didn't leave enough of an…