Brenda Brathwaite linked to this.
I hate this... little piece of software.
I wouldn't hate it so much if not for the author's message on the forum in response to "what are you getting at?"
" I don't know. Do you? "
This faux-elegant statement, this nasty little "I'm so clever and artistic" response, it is typical of the most worthless parts of the "artistic" community. It is everything that is wrong with the artistic community in general. "My message is sooooo deep you need to look inside yourself! It's so deep, it's IN YOU, not me!!! WOooooOOOooooo!"
I doubt the author of the game is as pretentious as I think he is. In fact, I doubt he's even as pretentious as me. He probably doesn't deserve my bitching.
But these kinds of
There's nothing to be learned by playing them. Any message they have is cheapened by reliance on meta-gaming - by abusing the "magic circle". People do not generally kill because they are curious, or because they think there will be no consequences. There are many reasons people kill, suffer, love, whatever your message might be. Few of those reasons should be "because they are playing a game" or "because they couldn't find anything more interesting to do".
I'm not against games that have a message. But there are two requirements for me to think they are not pieces of shit.
1) They have to be games. Fuck this noninteractive, one-choice, painfully simplified crap. Playing a game is a process. That's the strength of gaming.
2) The message cannot be a snapshot. In order for a message to be told without cheapening it, the message needs to be in the game at a deeper level. The players need to experience the choices and circumstances that lead to the situation. That's the strength of games, that's the ONLY way they can send messages better than any other medium.
Sure, there are shortcuts. Maybe even exceptions. I don't claim to be The Authority.
But I hate these "games with a message". Their messages are insulted and insulting due to lack of depth, oversimplification, and painful transparency. Then going around being proud of your "message"? Ugh.
If you don't want to make a game, send your message in another medium.