Tag: art game

Presentable Liberty: A Trial in Waiting

Presentable Liberty is an indie horror game unlike any game you’ve played before. It has also been described as a visual novel that allows you only one chance to make a choice and that doesn’t come into play until the end of the game. You will be allowed to choose the outcome between two depressing endings; and you can get it here. Depressing game endings aren’t something new but the way the waiting in this game is presented is new. There is no instant gratification. Think about it, when was the last time you had to wait in a game?… Read the rest

The Wonderful(ly Tragic) World of OFF

Between our class readings of Ready Player One, dissecting vintage video games, and even reading blog entries that focus on the elements of darker art games, I couldn’t help but contribute with a close reading of my new current obsession.

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OFF title screen.

Rising from the murky depths of the indie video gaming genre surfaces the 2008 RPG known as OFF by Unproductive Fun Time, a French group led by head game designers Mortis Ghost and Alias Conrad Coldwood. Having been recently translated for the English-speaking audience, the game takes place in an alternate world where the player controls an unknown entity named the “The Batter”.… Read the rest

The Stanley Parable: What is Control?

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Disclaimer: I have not personally played this game. A youtuber (Philly D) that I follow created a Let’s Play (he only played 3 endings) of this which I watched ages ago and the recent discussions in class reminded me of it so I decided to write about it.

The Stanley Parable is a mod of Half Life 2 and like Everyday the Same Dream and One Chance , it is a game that tests the player’s ability to change something about their reality. The game starts with a narrator explaining that you are a happy worker named Stanley, a.k.a. employee 427, whose job is to push buttons as instructed by the screen in your office.… Read the rest

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