Ratchet & Crank: Lift apartments remind us that our bodies don’t have to define us

During the early event of Ratchet & Crank: Lift Apart, The nominal duo is separated and the crank is damaged after a rough landing.

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In fact, when the other protagonist of the game, Rivet, found him, one of Crank’s arms was completely gone. These two are accidental duos that go beyond dimensional hopping. The rivet also has no arms and uses a robot prosthetist instead. Lombax cheerfully points out that these are in agreement and are trying to bring some relevance to Clank.

While together, Rift Apart shows the fact that people with disabilities are essentially unbroken and can find value and confidence within themselves, regardless of external perceptions of their functioning. I am.

Part of half the rivet quest to defeat Dr. Nefarias is to go to Toren IV and find a fixer that Moz says can fix anything, including some of the broken Phase Quartz. Upon arrival, rivets and cranks learned that Fixer was a giant robot and was currently off while locals were repairing it. Wanting to go, Pairrail wakes him up on the road to the Giants. After all, there was a reason he was shut down.

Fixer cracked under the pressure of his title and purpose. There are some bad things that happen that even he can’t fix. Looking at the damaged body of the crank exacerbates the existential crisis of the giant. He chases the pair and rampages, yelling at how the broken ones have to accept the broken ones. Crank noticed that another robot was talking about him, but before it actually sank, the rivet immediately responded: And I think we’re pretty cool. “

Despite falling into the metaphor of a disabled character who “overcomes” obstacles using a robotic prosthetist, rivets are still better than the average disability expression example. She is both confident and competent and refuses to be labeled as broken or less than anyone else for some reason. The impact of this positive expression can be seen directly in the game itself. After meeting Fixer, Crank stops the rampage by explaining that he knows he’s not broken thanks to tracking and rivets. He would like to thank Fixer for helping him understand that there is nothing wrong with his body as it is now and fixing him.

Upon reuniting with Ratchet, another Rombax immediately worries about the missing crank arm. However, the little robot guarantees his friends that he’s okay, is beginning to adapt to his new look, and shoots a glance that implies that rivets are responsible. Ratchet immediately accepts Crank’s decision about his body.

There is no pressure or distrust from either Rombax that you would want the crank to stay the same for now. The choice of crank is treated as valid as a rivet using her prosthesis. Ultimately, their concern is whether the crank is suffering or struggling. If not, they are willing to accept friends, even if he decides to do so.

Its acceptance is consistent, at least until the end of the game. There is no quest to “fix” the crank before the big final battle. Instead, he stays on Ratchet’s back with only one arm and no one takes it out again.

I don’t think there is a “perfect” expression, but the impact of seeing yourself in the media is not negligible. Ratchet and Clank: The lift apartment reminds us that our body does not have to define us through an example of rivet cranks, and that both Rombax respect crank autonomy. Move this house by.