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It's been awhile since I posted a conspiracy theory blog,
but I've been thinking a lot about Red Dead Redemption lately and what an
amazing game it was and how the prospects of a sequel in the near future
would make me really happy. If you don't want to read spoilers for that game, you might want to skip this blog.
One of my favorite movies from the late 80s was Young Guns.
Besides featuring an all-star cast (that might be a slight exaggeration) including
the likes of Kiefer Sutherland and Charlie Sheen, the movie spotlighted one of
my favorite personalities from the history books - the infamous Billy the Kid.
I've read a lot of material about this notorious outlaw from the Wild West and
the often exaggerated accounts of his dastardly deeds, like the fact local
legends credit him with killing 21 men when a more likely number is less than
half that. I guess I'm somewhat intrigued with how he was elevated to a position
of historical prominence if he was indeed just a common outlaw and not nearly
the villain the local papers that embellished his exploits made him out to be.
I'm also fascinated by the reports surfacing many years after his purported
death of individuals claiming to be the Kid, including Brushy Bill Roberts,
whose tale you can see portrayed at the end of Young Guns II.
An interesting turn of events, don't you think?
Imagine that same scenario applied to one of the industry's
favorite games and the beloved hero featured in that game - does any game or
any character come to mind fit the description?
In the spring of 2010, Rockstar Games presented us with a bold
and fresh new game titled Red Dead Redemption - an open world action game set
in the Wild West utilizing a third person shooter perspective and featuring one
of the most colorful characters in the modern era of gaming.
"Blackmailed in 1911
by unscrupulous federal agents into hunting down his former comrades in Dutch
van Der Linde's notorious gang, Marston straddles more than the border between
Mexico and the United States. He also stands between the Old West and modernity
- between the celebration of the individual and the collective requirements of
organized society - as he tries to salvage a family life from the smoldering
legacy of his criminal past. Along the way, he and his creators conjure such a
convincing, cohesive and enthralling reimagination of the real world that it
sets a new standard for sophistication and ambition in electronic gaming." -The New York Times
If you've played Red Dead Redemption all the way through,
which according to statistics only some of you have while most others have not,
then no doubt you suffered the heartbreaking conclusion that left many of us
sitting there in shock and disbelief as the hero of the game, the beloved John
Marston, the former outlaw seeking redemption and a quiet life with his family,
a man who was simply trying to settle down and live a simple life in the new
...is gunned down right before our eyes.
While we're still reeling from the emotional strain of how
these events transpired and while trying to come to terms with this
unimaginable loss, we find ourselves at the hillside gravesite of John Marston,
overlooking his ranch below. It's a very solemn and sobering experience etched
into the history book archives as one of the most memorable moments in gaming;
it will undoubtedly be remembered for years to come.
But what if...
What if that's not really the way it went down? Consider a
different and very possible alternate ending.
John Marston was a smart man who learned a lot about life
through the school of hard knocks vice text books and tutelage. He is a man of
humble beginnings, who rose to greatness not because of his deeds or worth, but
because of his quest to shed his checkered past and forge a new life of virtue
and good will. He had to know or at least have some doubts about the U.S.
Federal agents who employed him to hunt down and deal with the old members of
his gang and whether they would ever truly let him or his family go free to
chase the American dream of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
No, the only way John Marston would truly be free is if
those who wanted him dead...
...thought he was dead.
There was no real technology back then; no complex crime
scene investigation techniques like collecting DNA samples, ballistics matching
or reviewing surveillance camera footage; there weren't autopsies performed to
determine the cause of death or testimony from eye witnesses to recreate the
timeline of events. There were no investigative journalists or lawyers to
analyze the facts of the case to prove its authenticity. No, there was none of
that. But what there was though was a corrupt man named Edgar Ross, the man
supposedly behind ordering and helping carry out the execution of John Marston.
Ross is described as, "a
cynical, greedy and unscrupulous federal agent, but is highly professional,
keeping himself calm and organized in the direst situations and even when
taunted or insulted by John. Despite his underhanded techniques, Ross'
intentions are somewhat honest, since he truly believes that the West has to be
federalized for the safety of its population, even if "dirty" and
even Machiavellian techniques are necessary."
Why would Ross release John Marston back to his family and
his little house on the prairie only to come back after a spell with a regiment
of U.S. soldiers to carry out a death sentence?
And supposing he did come around to commit this unsanctioned
transgression against the pardoned John Marston, is there anything that Marston
could've possibly done to persuade him to consider an alternative solution.
Perhaps a pay off?
If there is any truth to this theory that I am suggesting,
then I fully expect one day, perhaps even anytime now, a man will come forward,
breaking the silence of his deep dark past, in order to reveal the actual truth
of that fateful day; that John Marston didn't go out in a blaze of glory like the
legends say, but paid off the corrupt and greedy Edgar Ross to stage the whole
event in order to secure protection for him and his family...so he wouldn't
always be looking over his shoulder wondering when men of ill repute would show
up on his doorstep to exact their revenge upon a man who was able to break free
from his sins and start his life a new...
...and that man will be John Marston.
Sadly, the video evidence as shown by RDR is conclusive enough that I do not think this is how things went down. Although I'd love for his son to go about under the Marston banner and knock over some outlaw giants.
Nah, that would take the steam outta the ending of RDR, akin to adding broken steel onto Fallout 3. It just takes the punch out of it, the impact is meaningless if he survived.
Sometimes, good men (even if they're fake) need to die.
Haha, now that would be a twist. I still think that that portion of RDR is one of the best "endings" I've seen in a game. I still remember being shocked that there was more to play afterwards as well, even though they could have just ended it with him being killed. The extra revenge story was a great idea.
"If you've played Red Dead Redemption all the way through, which according to statistics only some of you have"
Lol, funny out-of-context quote.
I love these because they always make me look at games I've played in a way I never have before. Nicely done!
Tragic ending and lengendary at the same time. I would like to see more characters in games die and not always have a positive outcome. I'm not trying to be cynical but not every ending should be happy. That's why I like anime too because it is unpredicatble as how things will turn out.
Hmm, you now have me thinking about this lol. It'd be really cool if they patched in a small Easter egg (similar to what Portal did) to announced the next Red Dead.