Watching "Arrival" finally, read the story a long time ago (and Chiang uses a lot of bullshit rhetorical tricks/fake reveals in his stories, so not my favorite).
The very 1990s looking setting and use of TV & tape recorders instead of phones is weird. I can't tell what's anachronism and what's incompetence.
The word for "everyone gets some by cooperating" is "reciprocity", not "non-zero-sum game". The latter still has winners and losers.
The trite Ted Chiang ending is 10x worse thru a Hollywood vaseline love scene filter.
And the giant knuckle tentacle aliens will be back in Arrival 2 vs Predator vs The Fog vs Gandalf: Smoke Ring Blowoff!
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