The video game of 2022 so far: ‘Norco,’ a masterpiece of storytelling

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The first time we see Norco, Louisiana, in all its pixelated glory, it’s in an image that frames smokestacks and refinery equipment like a mechanical city. We’re told there’s a hum — an “endless sigh” — and we see a soft glow that cancels out the sun and the moon so its residents see only a translucent sky. That horizon, we read in a rush of an intro, is all projected flames, implying the land and the people below are living out their lives as a slow burn. Welcome to a part of America known as “Cancer Alley.” And then “Norco” gets weird. The game is at once familiar and outlandish, a text-and-…

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