One of my favorite things about Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption is the feeling of history that surrounds it. Unlike so many games, you don’t have a stake in history or the ability to manipulate its future, instead the unyielding approach of the future feels like it is inevitably closing in around you. John Marston feels like a man out of time. With the railroads, winchester rifles, and the threat of the industrial revolution looming in the east, you get the sense that Marston is existing in an age of great change, even though he has little to do with that change. That is how most people experience history: they aren’t part of the game, or even on the sidelines; they’re simply spectators in the stands, watching the inevitable come for them. That is what 1979 Revolution: Black Friday does so well.

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