The Socio-Politics of Night in the Woods and the Rust Belt | Gnoggin


Night in the woods is a very interesting game. And not one that I would just recommend to
everyone. Though I enjoyed it greatly myself, it’s
not the kind of game that just anyone can enjoy. Though if you are around the age of 20, and
are at all depressed or empathetic or are wondering your place in the world, this game
is for you 100%. But one of the most interesting things about
this game to me, was Possum springs, the town the game takes place in, it is one of the
most interesting, unique, realistic, and relatable settings in a video game I have played. So yes, there will be spoilers here, but nothing
major. So lets learn about Possum Springs, and its
inspiration from the sad reality that is the Rust Belt. Now, maybe it’s just me and my west coast
education, But I hadn’t even heard the term Rust Belt until about a year ago. And as I think about this, I feel like this
video may be common knowledge to those who live in it, but for me and I assume many of
the rest of this side of the country, its all new information. But even though I had no idea what a Rust
Belt was when I first heard it, thankfully, I was able to piece together where it was
just by the name of it. It’s this area of the U.S, Mainly Michigan,
Indiana, and Ohio, but also crossing into Pennsylvania, Illinois, and western New York. And it gets the name rust belt because…
well, basically… it’s falling apart. The most famous city in the rust belt is of
course Detroit. So think of everything famous about Detroit,
but spread throughout small towns scattered across that part of the country. Here we see the modern ruins of a prosperous
past. In the mid-20th century, this part of america
was at its richest. Its factories and mines were pumping out products
left and right, and the big ones too. Coal, Cars, construction equipment, machinery,
steel, lumber, everything. And this is reflected in Night in the woods
well. Possum springs was a mining town. And the locals are proud of it. Spanning murals of their prosperous time along
walls, and erecting monuments. Their local sports team are the Smelters,
named after their once prosperous smelting facilities in the area. And the older citizens refer to the gold old
days frequently. These older citizens mostly would be from
the Baby Boomer generation, the time when this area WAS at its most prosperous, they
grew up in an ever-improving world of high middle class living. Only for things to come crumbling down in
their adulthood. “And the kids these days don’t understand
that things used to be better,” because they grew up at its worst. But why did it crumble? Well that of course depends on the political
views of who you are asking. Those on the right will often say it’s because
Taxes and regulations got too costly, which caused these businesses, mines and factories
to either shut down, or relocate to where it’s cheaper. And those on the left will tell you it’s
the greedy CEO’s moving out to where they can line their own pockets more. And in reality, it’s both, along with the
added factor of technological improvement. I mean, 1 miner with a machine can do the
same work in a day that 10 miners could in a week 60 years ago. And yes, it became significantly cheaper to
move these factories elsewhere because of regulations and taxes. But many, though not all of those regulations
were for saftey’s sake. Afterall Mines and factories are dangerous
places. So It can be viewed as greedy CEO’s wanting
to just move instead of spending money on guard rails and paperwork, but it also makes
business sense. Take me for example. Just a few months ago I moved out of california
because the cost of living is too high and they tax me too much. Being a Youtuber is considered running your
own small business. So I moved to Oregon for business reasons…
and because the weather is much much nicer here. Factories, especially at the time, tend to
have good wages. Supporting tons of middle class families from
1 person, usually the father, working there. So when these factories leave, suddenly these
middle class families are stuck with middle class bills to pay, but are stuck working
for lower wages at retail jobs… and thats if there are even any of those left! This is also reflected by Mae’s dad. He used to work in the mines, but now works
at a grocery store, and he hates it, Mae’s mom has to work now too. And it sounds like, despite their efforts,
something is going to happen to their house… They probably cant afford to keep it anymore. Beatrice and her father run a business together,
but recently had to drastically downscale to a small, worn down apartment, because they
simply couldn’t afford the nice house anymore. The rust belt is full of empty houses, especially
nicer empty houses, at least they used to be nicer. But all of the middle and higher class people
left, or dropped into the lower class, foreclosures skyrocketed, and most people could no longer
afford to keep their houses. The same goes for parks, schools, and businesses. Because if people can barely afford their
small houses and apartments, then they don’t have leftover money to spend at other businesses,
so those businesses dont make enough money to stay afloat, so they either fail, or move
out to a more prosperous area. LEaving the rust belt town even more empty
and worn down. At one point, you drive for an hour just to
get to a mall, a nicer place to shop and hang out, but even it is a bit run down and empty. This is the point in the game that resonated
with me the most, because this is happening across the country, not just in the Rust belt. Malls suck nowadays, at least compared to
how they used to be. And why? Well beatrice says it pretty clearly. Because of the internet. There are many articles and predictions from
economists that state that a “Mallpocolypse” is just around the corner. Multiple mall-chain stores can no longer afford
to keep running. They can’t compete with internet prices
and still pay Mall-rent. Malls charge a lot for rent, and haven’t really
adapted to the times. Most of them just don’t realize that they
are killing themselves. And while its hitting malls hardest, the same
thing is happening to outlet stores and small businesses in general. The internet is making them obsolete. But while this is hitting the nation, it hits
the rust belt especially hard, since its almost all they have left. Another point that gets brought up is that
the small local businesses are closing first, and they are being replaced with major chain
businesses, like the Snack Falcon. Seeing this made me relive a bit of culture
shock I had a year ago, when I first visited Oregon. I had no idea that so many local businesses
could exist in one area. My hometown of Redding CA is 95% chain stores
and restaurants, because the only places that can afford to exist there are the ones with
major backing. But the problem with that is, when you say,
buy a starbucks coffee at a walmart, most of that money is going to another part of
the country, where their headquarders are based. But when you buy a local thing from a local
store, all of your money is going to be used to further advance your own local area. You are supporting your local area. But at this point, the rust belt cant afford
to support local, because there are so few local businesses these days, only the major
chains can afford to be there. And so, its a cycle, and the people get poorer,
and poorer. And the effects are well shown in Night in
the woods. Firstly, everything is run down, but also,
there are Lottery ads all over. Notably, the poorer you are, the more likely
you are to buy lottery tickets. And lottery companies know this and prey on
the poor for their dollar. Lots of the young adults here, especially
beatrice, wished they could have afforded to go to college at all, but they can’t, Too
expensive. New technology is expensive too, and even
though this game takes place in 2017, most of the tech in the world is outdated, from
the early ot’s. People cant afford to keep up here. One of the most prosperous and well kept local
businesses in Possum springs is a pawn shop. Likely because the poor citizens are selling
their more valuable belongings to afford food. Another interesting yet obvious statistic
is that pawn shops also do better the more poor a particular area is. Also, the poorer it is, the more crime and
drug use there is. Which is also why the shadier of pawn shops
do well. And this is also referenced by Mae’s friend
Casey apparently being in the Meth making business. Another trait of the rust belt is sinkholes,
which is a recurring point in night in the woods too. Its why there is so much construction going
on, repairing the sinkholes. The reason sinkholes are such a big problem
in this part of the world is because of all the old abandoned mines just sitting there,
empty, slowly eroding holes underground. The surface ground can only stay up for so
long. And this segways nicely into the spoiler-y-est
part of the video, its about the underground cult which, thoery: im pretty sure consists
mostly of the city council members. Though they are the antagonists of the game,
I feel like they fit into the relatable category of villains. The ones that have a good point, good intentions,
and are relatable and understandable, but go about things in… not the best way. In this case, they discovered that a sinkhole
within one of the abandoned mines lead to, EHEM, an eldritch horror known as the black
goat, and when they sacrifice someone to it their town prospers a bit for just a while. So the connection between them and the city
council is obvious, they are the only groups you see in the game, and the both have the
same goal. Make the town great again. And there we go, I said it. Make the town great again. Lets go political. The way I found out about the term “Rust
belt” is the same way many other people found out about it. The 2016 US presidential elections. It was the unexpected twist of rust belt states
turning red that caused Trump to be elected. If you go back and look at these political
maps, its easy to see that while the rust belt contains a few swing states, they tend
to be bluer, the few times they go red is when the entire country has a very obvious
preference. But in recent years, people have been getting
more and more polarized, so most media outlets assumed these states would all be blue because
of their more recent history. Its why it was thrown left and right that
clinton had a 90% chance to win, and then she didnt. Because of the Rust belt, a part of the country
that is usually ignored. And while places like Buzzfeed and popular
tumblr blogs will tell you its because they are sexist and racist, (even though they dominantly
voted for Obama both times before, and have been blue for most of history… so how and
why would they suddenly become this….) Anyway… the real reason is much more complicated,
and much sadder than that. Its because this part of the nation is called
the rust belt for a reason. *Video Clips *I voted for that obamer feller
years back, I thought he would help* *Trumps going to bring the jobs back, thats all I
care about* And a few journalists covered it very well. This part of the country is experiencing all
of those problems I mentioned earlier and more. Politicians of all kinds always promise more
than they will ever give of course, but Obamas campaign in particular was one of hope, hope,
and change. Which is exactly what the whole rust belt
wanted at the time, and still wants, they hope for a change that will make their part
of the country, great again. And after Obama made those promises, and fixed
nothing… well.. Whats the point in voting for Hillary? One of the major flaws that political analysers
on ALL sides point to in Hillarys campaign, was that she offered very little change. She stood for basically everything obama did,
little more, little less. And since Obama did very little for this part
of the country, why would hillary? Meanwhile… Trump went out of his way to
appeal to the rust belt. Claiming that he wants to bring those jobs
back. Which is exactly what the people there want,
it’s what they want more than anything. And they can look past the flaws that the
media pounds upon constantly, because they see voting for him as the greater good. And even if he didn’t campaign in that area
exactly, many analysts still believe that these states would have voted for him. Because he still represents some form of change. At least something will be different, at least
there will be some, even if minor, some small chance that things will get better… And that’s all these people want now…
change for the better, instead of the constant decline, and instead of being ignored… And before the comments turn into a dumpster
fire for me daring to say anything remotely, vaguely, slightly, positive about trump. *ehem* of course he isn’t actually doing anything
to help much at all, in fact a few of the government programs that he is cutting the
funding from are programs *specifically* made to help that region do better. Welcome to politics 101, every politician
on every side promises more than they will EVER be able to do. Wow. But the politics of the region and even the
rest of the country are well portrayed in Night in the Woods too. Albeit subtly. Both the rust belt and possum springs share
a certain dynamic between conservatism and liberalism. The older generation is religious, with churches
scattered about. Christendom in the broadest sense, has both
a form of conservatism, and generosity involved, though not through liberal means. What i mean is, politically speaking, christians
and even just religious people in general, tend to vote more conservatively. Yet at the same time, tend to be involved
much more heavily in charity organizations, such as helping the homeless. And you’ll notice that the majority of the
characters involved in the church even remotely, are much older. Meanwhile the discussions you have about spirituality
with the younger characters reveal that they tend to go either agnostic or atheist. This along with the political ideologies we
know of in the game, such as bea being part of the young socialists, goes in line with
what is currently happening. Many in the older generations tend to be more
conservative in general, while the younger generation right now seems to be the most
liberal they’ve been in modern history. Part of it is due to polarization of course,
but its also because of..well… everything. Politics, especially in the broadest and generational
sense, tends to be complicated. Nobody is purely one thing, everyone is a
shade of grey. Near the end of the game we see Bea talk about
the old cult people wanting to gain back the “world of the past that barely existed”. Which is very accurate to how many younger
people these days see the older generation. You see on the news, older people talking
about their glory days, about their booming businesses, about Ronald Reagan, about a time
where they could walk into a store with conviction and get a job immediately. A time where things were only getting better. More than anything, the world you grow up
in and spend your young adult life in becomes your normal, it makes you who you are. So “kids these days, they dont know” does
have *some* merit to it. Kids these days grew up in a post 9-11 world
that was already falling apart, and ghost towns are all over the place now. This is the new normal, and many younger people
cant even fathom it being any different. Much like Bea, they have terrible childhoods,
working extra hard just to be able to eat tv dinners. “If only those business had stayed, then
things would be better. But they are gone now, those businesses ruined
everything, its their fault. Forget the business sector, capitalism ruined
everything! the government should help the social sector so that my life would be better,
so that its more fair.” And thus a socialist is born. This is also exactly why we have phases and
flip flopping political views through the generations. Kids grow up being raised by their parents
from 1 or two generations behind. Plus they grow up in a world that is being
mainly effected and controlled by the previous generation. And because most of us are little rebels,
at least on the inside, we want to be different, unique, so we go against that. While what classifies as conservative vs liberal
has changed over the generations, its notable that baby boomers were, for the time, very
liberal. But in turn, they raised generation X, a more
balanced but leaning a bit towards conservatism generation. By today’s standards though, both fall into
conservatism much more, and that factor, along with being raised by boomers and gen Xers,
the Millennial generation is the most liberal generation, possibly in history. The Main characters in night in the woods
would fall into the very tail end of this generation. And being raised in a more extreme environment
of any kind affects your outcome too, in their case, it makes sense that they would lean
towards the left. They are living in a falling apart city whose
older inhabitants are all much more conservative and, from their perspective, are stuck in
the past. And because the more conservative government
doesn’t seem to be interested in helping, well, it just makes sense to do the opposite. And tangential fun fact, the extreme left
views of Millennials and early Gen Z kids in general seems to be leading to the bulk
of Generation Z being the most conservative generation since the 1940s. At least according to political, pop media
trend, financial, and generational analysts. And speaking of analysts, not to jump on any
fear-trains, but I’ve read more than a few times and even did my 6-month-long final project
in High School on the prediction that California is going to become the next sort of rust-belt. Which looking at my home town, I can see 100%. The politics and policies that *definitely*
benefit southern california, are destroying northern California. And thus, more people and businesses are moving
out of california, and moving to states like Texas, Oklahoma, and Washington. But thats a subject I could spend on hour
on for another time. To summarize, Often times, people who live
in the area I do, the West coast, will have no idea about the problems in the rust belt. They are confused why and how they could even
flip flop politically so much, especially during the last election. And to those people I say, Check out Night
in the Woods. It’s easily the most accurate portrayal
of that part of the country. Desperate, yet strong and hopeful people of
a once-prosperous part of the nation. They are strong, and do everything they can
to stay afloat, arm in arm they raise each other up in their small towns. Though, through seeing the continuous decline,
some get desperate, and will overlook any crimes or misdoings if it potentially works
for the greater good of their area. Sure, you could say some are stuck in the
past, but at least they haven’t given up. And as on Ohioan, I’ve certainly experienced
a lot of this first hand. My home town was pretty much a cookie cutter
rust belt area. Oh hey, its Swankybox from the youtube channel
Swankybox which has multiple awesomely in depth videos about Night in the Woods, what
brings you here? Weeeeeell, you know, I just magically edited
my voiceover into your finished video! By the way, did you know that the stars and
constellations in Night in the Woods and its prequel games may have foreshadowed the events
of the game? I didn’t! But that sounds awesome! Looks like the developers didn’t only put
details into the Rust belt aspect, but the astrological aspect too! I’ll definitely check that out and encourage
my viewers to also! So what do all you think? Is Possum springs an accurate portrayal of
the Rust Belt? And did you expect a big lesson in politics
from a video about a game featuring cat-gods? Let me know down below, and until next time,
never stop using your gnoggin!

Maurice Vega

100 Responses

  1. Thisbis heart warming… It kinda makes sense now… and really shows America in a different perspective…

  2. I live a few miles north of Detroit and never heard the term Rust Belt before, but it's exactly what's happening. I went to a shopping mall a few days ago to get a lighter jacket for the summer, and the only stores that had any structure were the Sears, Old Navy, and Hot Topic. When I was little, the place was mostly small businesses like local bakeries, and now it's just big name clothing stores. It's really sad that a lot of the places I used to love visiting and shopping at had to close down and be replaced by megacorporations that can be found anywhere.

  3. I live in Ohio, and I’ve never heard of it. My dad is a Baby Boomer, though I’m only 16, my dad being 58 was a serious trump fan, so Lockstin’s facts do hold true to some degree. I love how lockstin gets his points across without upsetting people. You go my dude.

  4. Kentucky looks like that but almost all of it isn’t in the rust belt and sorry I’m late

  5. I live in Central Ohio and it took me a while to remember what the rust belt is, it's not taught about anywhere.

  6. What's weird is that some malls in New Jersey and New York are mostly still doing well. Like the Palisades Center and Garden State Plaza are still full of stores and very busy.

    It's not really taxes or regulations that caused the rust belt to, well rust. The corporate tax rate for large companies is near zero with all the loop holes. It's more globalization and outsourcing. And there's not really any way to compete with China on manufacturing since they pay their people little money and have insane work hours. Plus there's new technology that increases automation. A possible solution would be more investment from growth industries like tech, internet startups, green energy, etc. But a lot of conservative, blue collar areas reject green energy even though it would be a much easier and safer job than working in a mine or factory.

  7. Well yeah, that's how conmen make their career: taking advantage of the desperate and naive. But yeah, neither party actually cares about the rust belt. And between joblessness and the opioid epidemic, things were so bad that they took a chance on the wild card.

  8. I live in the Rust Belt, near Detroit, actually, and I can firmly say that I see the issues you speak of.

  9. Why is Ohio in the rust belt Ohio is doing great I mean we have the Cavaliers we have the Arnold every year we have OSU there's nothing falling apart about Ohio

  10. Night In The Woods is based off of my town. Pierogis, old factories, smelters from the smelting like Steelers from the steel City I grew up in. Yes I'm talking about Pittsburgh and I live here.

  11. LOL. Our local mall has a lot more office related stalls within it like government social security offices and attorneys offices rather than the arcades and shops back in the days.

  12. Im from Detroit. Trust me, it sucks.

    Just heard a Gunshot

    My friend is a safety professional at the USA state police headquarters, he litterally is fixing a potential sinkhole

  13. I live in Michigan and the township I live in…. All we have is a tavern, a library, a hardware store, and a heath food store

  14. 16:00

    That doesn't seem like an accurate representation of Bea though. Seems to me she is very invested in local business, due to all her involvment with the chamber of commerce (Hosting a play, going to a dinner, etc). She is probably not opposed to capitalism, but rather in favour of wealth distribution within a free market, i.e. the Nordic Model.

    For those interested in the greater political theory of constant "Flip-flopping", read up on Hegelian Dialectics.

  15. This game especially got me interested in the Rust Belt, and actually gave me an entirely different perspective about a lot of things.
    I just can’t stop thinking about this game and so many things about it since I first completed it over a year ago.

  16. the game’s politics are not a mix of conservativism and liberalism… it’s explicitly socialist. it’s pro-worker and pro-union. scott benson is a dsa member. bea isn’t a naive socialist & her socialist views aren’t born out of ignorance. she correctly identifies the crux of the issue, which is the exploitation of the working class by the capitalist class. the black goat cult in the game are an obvious stand-in for trumpian conservatives. they correctly identify the problem — a severely dysfunctional economy — and then prescribe the totally wrong solution (literally scapegoating the most structurally weak members of society).

  17. Just excellent social/political commentary here! I definitely don't agree with all of your conclusions, but I really appreciate the fair and level-headed analysis. Thanks for taking a leap of faith (leap of death?) to say a maybe sortof a tiny bit positive thing about Trump.

  18. I enjoy the song that plays after 10:34. It reflects the nature of somber tone on what you discuss as the song plays. I like it so much, I just wish that i knew what it was called.

  19. My grandma used to own a beauty supply store in Detroit called "Deep & Beauty" when I was in the 1st grade, at first things seemed to go well, but sadly overtime as she finds it more and more difficult to keep the small business afloat, eventually, she ends up not being able to run it. So, sadly she had to close it.

  20. I called this the emo kitty game, and it took forever to play because i kept falling asleep to the relaxing soundtrack

  21. Living Illinois in a small town I've seen local businesses close over 10 years. I learned about rust belts in high school. While not in the area of the rust belt on the map we used to have coal mining.

    We have a population of 1700. Not a whole lot of support for local businesses even though they refuse to let chain businesses in town. So I work on the outskirt of town. It's hard to find a job near where I live. So people are leaving if they can. Some people around here don't have cars. Lots of people ran Windows 95 when Vista was a thing.

    NITW reminded me of my town and myself. Went to college, stopped and haven't finished due to mental illness. Parents went from living lower middle class to being knocked below.

  22. So, uh, I have to disagree with you saying that Generation X is becoming more conservative. I'm part of Generation X and part of the reason why I don't talk about politics at my school is because I'm afraid I'll encounter people who'll be like, "OMG, you LIKE Trump? You like that racist, misogynist THING? *scoff*"

    I had to talk about him in Honors English to see how hard it is to go against a majority as a minority. They wouldn't even let me TALK unless I specifically told them to let me talk. That's most likely because of their parents.

    The rest of the video is really good though!

  23. sharp analysis. I couldn't ever quite place the terminology that you use from American rust belt life to the game, specifically. very grateful for that. A small stylistic note of advice: each time you ended a sentence with, "the night of the woods, too." I heard it as NITW 2, like a sequel; would suggest "NITW, as well". anyway, cheers!

  24. Pheh.. Trump is like those Cult members. They speak of greater good, but at a cost that is morally questioning.
    Like Mae, I question If the World is worth saving from these things. Maybe it's time to let go of the past forever.

  25. As someone who grew up in and is currently living in a small southern town that is on the verge of dying, this game, its characters, and this analysis video hit close to home. My town used to be a lumber and mining giant in our county. Many, many people had prosperous jobs and were able to run their own businesses no problem and had no real issue living in it. In fact, it was the ideal place to live compared to neighboring towns in the county. It was also home to a fairly large railroad network that still runs. But as time passed, strip mining and lumber cutting were slowly put to a stop as the mountains were cut and those jobs became far too dangerous to work, leading to many miners having some form of cancer and eventually dying. Come to late 90's and early 2000's, and those jobs became completely obsolete. People attempted to start up local businesses to stay afloat, but global and nationwide chains popped up at a quick rate, rendering them useless. Nowadays, our town has the highest unemployment rate of any town in the county, and drug problems are getting worse. The ideal solution now is to either go into welding, or just move. It's pretty depressing seeing some of the empty buildings for lease, and getting lectured in my school all the time about how awful unemployment is and how we need to take action.

    So yeah, it's really depressing the more I think about it, and this game was a pretty accurate depiction.

  26. Wait, Casey is in the fuckin meth business? I thought their disappearance was an early-game allusion to the what the cult did to young people…

    Also: your analysis of the main characters socialist views sux a ton

  27. I’m pretty sure possum springs is based after Pittsburgh. For example, smelters=Steelers, Pittsburgh was a mining town, has a trolley system, so on

  28. I was walking through my tiny town yesterday and realized there was a faded out sign for an Opera House. An Opera house? Right now we have a grocery store a gas station and a Pizza place. That’s it. There also seemed to be a train station at one point judging from a mural on the side of an old empty building. I live in Ohio. I 100% related to Possum Springs.

  29. I grew up going back and forth between Ohio and Cali and… yeah… they've started renting out office space in the mall I used to spend my childhood in. Hah. But the sound track is still the same. I've never heard so much Avril Lavigne in my life.

  30. Do you think after the extreme conservative phase we'll become an anarchy?We based our government off of a failed one who had one adequate leader corrupt officials killed,our government doesn't have any adequate leaders at all.Also,I myself am leaning more towards anarchy scale though i do believe some sense of order is needed,just not the kind we have now.I believe if we start anew we can eventually discover a new and efficient way of doing things.

  31. Beatrice Santello didn’t go to college to help her dad with his nervous breakdown after Bea’s mom died. Not because because they didn’t have money. They probably had enough to afford for Bea to go to college before her mom died.

  32. Game hit a little too close to home. Not enough money to live here, but too poor to move somewhere else or get a better education. Life is melancholy at best.

  33. My generation (post millennial aka gen wii aka gen Tech or whatever) seems to not really care about politics.

  34. I grew up and currently still live in a small town in rust belt Pennsylvania. In all seriousness, it's livable for some, but hell for most. We have chain restaurants and grocery stores but I haven't seen an independent business that wasn't a cafe or bakery in years, and i've lived here for about 20 years. Everything is rotting, most houses are falling apart and a good portion of them are abandoned shelters for heroin addicts that run my town like a mafia. Most all of the permanent residents are 60+ years old and don't leave their houses aside from food and church. The population here doesn't reflect PA's democratic reputation, 4 out of 5 people are a hateful brand of conservative. Everyone glares each other down while we all wait to die. To be honest, I think it's a contributor to my own depression. Not all of it, but I'd be foolish to not see it as a contributor. Considering the population, no one really provides sympathy for things like mental illness either. It's all just "the problem with this new generation." or "why we're losing our jobs." Recently, i've gotten enough money to go to collage, I don't care how much debt it causes me i'm getting out of this state and god will never know when i'll come back.

  35. Small towns falling apart make my heart physically burn with sadness. I've even lived in rust belt like areas, I saw a mall with only two cars during noon.

  36. In my little hometown of Saint Cyr sur Mer (France) it's the same, we see locals being buy by big compagny, it's even worst, it's the same compagnie that buy everyone, building a monopole on Supermarket or Local Market…
    If you add the same problem of delocalisation, worst in Europe since our own neigbourg are cheaper (but with bad works condition, and all the other problem of cheap workforce), or the population that goes to city in hope to find a work (10% of national unemployment !), killing even more the local little shop and city…

  37. So I live in Connecticut and I think that Connecticut should be included in the rust belt except Stamford which is supper rich

  38. Most Gen Z people I know (Including myself) are actually more Libertarian, because we see both sides at their worst more often than not

  39. I'm part of the early gen z you spoke of, and as much as I hate to see it happen… It really looks like It's bound to be really conservative. Then again, I am living in Texas, so there's that to consider.

  40. I live in Ohio, and I never knew what the rust belt was, let alone that all of Ohio is part of it!

    But now that I think about it, it makes sense when it comes to towns like Circleville and Lancaster…
    Maybe even a town as small as Laurelville counts as well

  41. As you may know, I was born toward the end of the Generation X era and at the beginning of the Millennial era. And yet you nailed all the points of the comparisons between this game and the Rust Belt. Nice! BTW, nice tune of "Die Anywhere Else" toward the end of the video! 🙂

  42. A Californian maturely talking about politics? Now I’ve seen everything. I’m kidding, but this is an impressive video

  43. I grew up in the rust best of Indiana and around the time this game came out, I was roughly the same age as Mae, a recent college dropout, and had recently moved to a town that was even rustier than the previous, though within miles of it. And I have to say, NITW captured the feeling of these kinds of town perfectly. The stores in town are mostly empty brick spaces, I have to drive for nearly an hour to get anywhere, the only groceries are either in a tiny store with nearly nothing or a Walmart one town over. Walking around at fall just feels so… sad.

    And the older people out here all suck majorly.

  44. i live in north east pennsylvania and it’s like right on the boarder of the rust belt. my home town was a mining town back in the day and the immediate area where i live is mostly dead but i’m about 2 hours from philadelphia and new york so it’s a little more lively than areas a few hours west from here

  45. I’m not from the rust belt, but a small town in Minnesota. The mall has all of two stores in it, our K-Mart closed years ago, and even Target had to call it quits. There is a couple chain restaurants, a Walmart…. and that’s about it. There is so much meth in that town, it’s ridiculous! There’s no jobs, no opportunities… nothing. I’m so glad I got out when I did.

  46. Welcome to tonight’s brawl! This time we’ve got the titans of politics in the ring! In this corner, the liberal donkeys who think the conservatives are the jackass, THE DEMOCRATS!In the other corner, the conservative elephants who believe the liberals are the big elephants in the room, THE REPUBLICANS!

  47. I’d never played this game before and was curious what’s it even about. I was searching for any kind of reviews on YouTube and then found your video. Really interesting analysis. From your “american” perspective, I guess, because I’m actually living on another side of the world.

  48. I live in texas…. Im gen z (one of the older gen z but still) and I dont quite agree with the statement that gen z is conservative… Mist of the young people i know are a lot mor left leaning (or atleast as much as you can be when youre younger) Therr are many many highschoolers and even middle schoolers who are politically conscious and and intereted in either lgbt or poc rights (or both!)

  49. Trump played the hell out of those people, it’s 2019 coal is not coming back, really education programs around the modern economy would help them not selling them a steak smh

  50. I grew up in Ohio and recently played night in the woods, both the game and this video have sent me into an existential crisis. Thanks.

  51. My mom always tells me how lucky my generation is, she grew up in a low class home, when everyone around was high class, but her parents moved to our country’s capital due to a civil war, and then the tipic stuff happens, dad gets a job, they become middle high class, and I’m born, my generation in my country never knew the horrors of genocide or war, and now my country is at “allegedly” at a bad time more jobs but with horrible minimum wage, high crime rates, more law enforcement, our presidential secretary stole money from office (btw she is a bitch)
    What used to be millionaire jobs, became “live with your family” jobs, but all we can hope now, is that those big men in suits, at the big offices do something about it

  52. Usually I don't care bout this kind of stuff. Since I'm only interested in Mae's past life in her old town.

  53. Boy I love it when Millennials lump us Gen Xers in with the baby boomers. We spent our whole youth being ignored and shut out of political discussions by Baby Boomers because there were too few of us, just to spend our old age being ignored and shut out of political discussions by Millennials because they just lump us in with everyone older than them.

    Hey Millennials! You know your whole culture you have? That's ours. You ripped it off. We are FAR more like you than the Boomers.

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