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3 September 2019

Laymont, we hardly knew ye.

by Andrew MacGregor

Rainbow 6 Siege: “The Cemetery” - 1 min 34s

Death is only the beginning, according to this droll commercial for Rainbow Six Siege. Riffing on gaming's 'git gud' mentality, the ad follows a man called Laymont as he recalls some of his most egregious in-game deaths. And there are A LOT of them.

Like a man who's seen one too many polygons splattered on the floor, Laymont walks through a graveyard while describing the lowlights of his combat career: misplaced explosives, rash incursions, and the odd knife in the back. It's enough to make even the most stoic player consider their future.

Persistence is key, however, and the protagonist refuses to let his past mistakes consume him. To paraphrase Shakespeare's King Henry V, once more unto the breach and clear.

Anchored by an amusingly dramatic lead performance - the regret in Laymont's voice as he describes a run-in with a Claymore mine is tangible - the ad serves as a worthy tribute to those who've persevered with the game since its 2015 launch. Newcomers, on the other hand, may have a tough time ahead.

Film Production: MJZ Ⓟ Ⓦ / Henry Paris Ⓟ Ⓦ
Director: Henry Hobson
Producer: Jean-Luc Bergeron
Executive Producer: Yannick Dupas

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