>>5039417>I never understood Earthbound. Is it supposed to be funny?
If you were the kind of child who had alcoholic parents who didn't talk to you and you stopped laughing or crying by the age of 7, it's actually quite warm hearted and endearing. There aren't any mean spirited jokes about someone suffering, the game doesn't really talk down to you. It is sort of actually about how inappropriate the social climate is for any child.
In Earthbound, you are a child who is forced to fight against adults who are frequently unreliable or abusive.
It's hard to understand if you come from a time after parents generally stopped letting their kids outside alone. You used to actually get pinched or hit by stranger adults or told weird toxic ideas, people just wandered around and stuff outside.
It sounds weird but those stupid little jokes that weren't actually all that hilarious used to be the only things I could laugh at, and I was a kid who had barely any time to read the game I was playing without literally getting hit for reading.
I used to not open any of the presents because it was never pointed out that they were for me and not someone else.
The younger generation wouldn't really understand that the hook of the game were the parts where it actually resembled real life too closely, in a way that adults generally refused to acknowledge that kids ever went through that.