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    If it defeats her, will that be the end? Or will she awaken at the dawn of the day before, as always?

    If she defeats it, will she gain a way out of this place?

    Super haunting. Like the Addams cartoon of the guy on the sidewalk with the sandwich board reading IT WILL NEVER END.

    I just today finished reading Leslie Feinberg's Stone Butch Blues and maybe the bit that made me cry hardest was one character consoling another, after a long difficult life that's threatened to break her:

    It’s OK now, it’s alright. You did so good that now you get to rest.

    When do we get to rest? When do we win, or at least leave?
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      The only thing the player gets out of defeating the dragon is a game-over screen with some stats and an opportunity to start over with fully upgraded gear.

      I like to think that the protagonist was transported to a more normal location, and that she subsequently took up the craft of swordsmithing, because c'mon, there has to be some way to make these things so they last more than a few blows. ;-)

      (Have you ever read Pratchett's Only You can Save Mankind?)

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        I don't think I have read that particular Pratchett! Although they do blur together for me -- I think I have read one of that series.

        I appreciate your Dweck-compliant read on the protagonist -- a growth mindset!

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          I don't think I have read that particular Pratchett!

          It's one of his rare non-Discworld pieces. The protagonist and his(?) buddies get sucked into an 1980s shoot-the-invading-extraterrestrials type video game and discover that the invaders are thinking beings not unlike themselves, in search of somewhere to go where they won't be shot at. If I remember correctly, this place turns out to be located beyond the GAME OVER screen.

          Dweck-compliant read on the protagonist

          I'm afraid I don't know what you mean by Dweck-compliant, and internet searches are bringing up too many different people with that name to be enlightening.
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            Ah, I have read at least one of the Pratchetts in that series.

            Carol Dweck is the psychologist who has popularized understandings of the growth mindset versus the fixed mindset -- http://akaptur.com/blog/2015/10/10/effective-learning-strategies-for-programmers/ may be of interest.

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            1. Cartoon person with a square head and a tall crown

              Thanks. I had heard of that research but didn't have it tagged with a name in my memory.

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