Tuesday, March 8, 2011
A Class Act
The USF Ishimura is a terrible place to work, with or without the zombie plague. The ship is a “planet cracker,” a jumbo-sized mining operation that harvests profitable resources from asteroids and planets. Like modern day mining operations, the facilities construction and suite of amenities are absolutely minimal. Hazardous working conditions seem the norm, and safety provisions absent. The lack of natural sunlight must weigh upon the crew’s psychology, adding to the insanity inducing monotony of the ship’s design. The Ishimura is clearly built to be profitable, not accommodating.
Advertisements appear inside the tram used to navigate the Ishimura, alluding to some distractions from hard labor - one even seems to hint at prostitution. These seem to offer some psychological respite, acting as temporary opiates from the conditions on board the mining operation. Dead Space 2 features ‘The Concourse,’ an entire mall for colonists, housing such stores as ‘Fit Meter’ and ‘Awesome Town.’ The ravaged mall space, with its bright colors and bold font, stands in contrast to the metallic grey aesthetic of the facility. The children’s ward also glows eerily with colorful decorum. These all suggest attempts to push away the encroaching darkness of space, but this is not enough. As one text log in the school states, “space is no place to raise a family.”
Are the workers in Dead Space unionized? Would the situation on the Ishimura and Sprawl be so bad if they were? I have a great suggestion. Isaac Clarke is an engineer. His weapons are tools of the trade. Who could be a better icon of unified labor? My vote is in: Isaac for Union President. Now all we have to do is take down these damn capitalist necromorph scabs.