Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs writer on the question Hitler and Stalin would ask

By Ozzie Mejia, Sep 30, 2013 4:40pm PDT

Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs is a psychologically terrifying experience. Writer Dan Pinchbeck explained how historical figures like Hitler and Stalin may relate to his work.

"You've got to just push and push, every time you think you can't go any farther, until you end up in some really dark places," he said.

"The baseline horror, cannibalism, child murder, that just rolls out. But the darkest thing in A Machine for Pigs is the question of whether it's okay to kill hundreds of thousands of people to save millions," Pinchbeck told Kill Screen. "It's a really dark place, because it's a real one. It's the same question that Hitler asked; that Stalin asked. It's what was going on in the Balkans, Rwanda."

Pinchbeck goes on to discuss some of the images that didn't make the cut of the final game, because they breached a number of comfort zones. For example, he removed the scene of a pig having its way with a human, because it ultimately didn't add enough to the story the game was trying to tell. But Pinchbeck adds that scrapped ideas ultimately lead to a better final product. "You've got to push it too far to find out where that line is," he adds. "If you tiptoe cautiously up, you'll always fall short. That's how you find something with a real edge."

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