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Narrative & Allegory. Gears of War 3. Imulsion. Imulsion is a naturally occurring material on Sera. It comes from beneath the ground It is a liquid It is energetic (i.e. It can be used to power things) It has a corrupting influence on living beings (both physically and figuratively).

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narrative allegory

Narrative & Allegory

Gears of War 3

imulsion
Imulsion
  • Imulsion is a naturally occurring material on Sera.
  • It comes from beneath the ground
  • It is a liquid
  • It is energetic (i.e. It can be used to power things)
  • It has a corrupting influence on living beings (both physically and figuratively)

Once a Locust, this creature has been infected by the Lambent and turned into a Lambent Drugde

imulsion and oil
Imulsion and Oil

This is a poster that can be found

in Gears 2. It reads:

‘No Blood for Imulsion’

These are images of the ‘No Blood for Oil’ campaign that ran in opposition to the US-led invasion of Iraq.

imulsion as an allegory
Imulsion as an Allegory
  • Gears of War World
  • GOW released in 2006… US forces still in Iraq (until 2011!)
  • E-Day sees a surprise attack on humans
  • 2008 – GOW 2 establishes link between Oil and Imulsion; humans get sick with Imulsion-Sickness
  • GOW 2 – we learn Locust are fighting Lambent enemy; it is hinted that Lambent lives in Imulsion…

US Foreign Policy

  • 11th September 2001 – Al Qaeda attacks US
  • October 2001 – US-led invasion of Afghanistan
  • March-May 2003 – US-led invasion of Iraq…
  • …critics say the invasions are about Oil
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Imulsion as an Allegory
  • Gears of War World
  • 20th September 2011 – GOW 3 released
  • We learn that the ImulsionIS the Lambent… a parasitic enemy that gets inside you and turns you into one of them
  • We learn that humans can ‘go Lambent’, turning into Formers
  • Mankind saved, but only by destroying the Imulsion

US Foreign Policy

  • 18th December 2011: US forces leave Iraq

Former human who has ‘gone Lambent’…

pause for video clip
Pause for Video Clip
  • Watch this clip from the end of the game
  • If we take Imulsion as representing Oil, what evidence is there that this game is criticising our dependence on Oil?
how does the allegory work
How does the Allegory work
  • Allegory: A story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one
  • Prior to E-Day, humans on Sera fight each other over Imulsion (called The Pendulum Wars)
  • On E-Day, the humans on Sera are the victims of a surprise attack (like 9/11)

UIR Flag

COG Flag

how does the allegory work1
How does the Allegory work
  • No blood for Imulsion posters similar to No blood for Oil protests
  • Imulsion is an energetic fuel that also hides a destructive enemy (the Lambent)
  • At the end of GOW3, the COG forces are aided by the UIR (Union of Independent Republics) – their old enemies in the Pendulum Wars
how does the allegory work2
How does the Allegory work
  • The message seems to be: in order for the humans of Sera to survive, they must all unite and get rid of/stop drilling for Imulsion
  • The reunion of the COG and the UIR and the destruction of the Imulsion derricks at the end of the game suggest this to be true
  • The idea is therefore suggested that in order for the humans of EARTH to survive, we need to stop going to war with ourselves and reduce our dependence on Oil…