The Old West is an invention, as fake as a ride at Disneyland. It’s a desert filled with paradoxes. A land of freedom from the ideals of traditional Puritan civilization, yet in this freedom, people default to tradition. A romanticized wilderness, yet most romantic of all is the idea that this land will once be […]
CLEMENT TYLER OBROPTA is a Culture editor at MAYDAY. He studied film and English at Ithaca College, and his work can also be found with Film Inquiry, The Slice, and Gen Z Critics. He also serves as photo editor with Wanderlust Journal.
Dating sims, first-person shooters, life simulators—video games give us ritual spaces for vicarious expression. They let us hold things we cannot otherwise hold. A few days ago, I thought about Robin, a girl I fell in love with in college, for the first time in a long time. Though she was the same year as […]