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A Game That Mirrors Destructoid

As I mentioned in a previous blog post, I recently bought Shadow of The Colossus (SoTC). At the time I was up to the third Colossi, and I greatly enjoy the game. Now, Iím almost done with the game, and I have mix feelings about it. Mixed because of the repetition the game offers. Mixed because I think this game would have been better as a short game.

In films and literature we have short, more condense versions of said mediums: short films, short stories, short novels, etc. One of my favorite writers that explored the art of the short story is Franz Kafka. When you read any of his short stories, or unfinished novels, you notice that he spares no words - everything has a meaning. Now, can games do the same? A couple of weeks ago a Dtoid user by the name of bbain wrote a blog entitled 5 Freeware Indie Games You Should Play: Batch #6. In this blog he recommend a game called Digital: A Love A Story (DALS). If you click on the link I so kindly supplied you with, you would find comments from an excited Venus. I fell completely in love with this game, and couldnít control myself Ė bbain helped me find one of my favorite games ever. Digital: A Love Story works because itís ambiguous. It works because of its minimalism. It works because itís short. SoTC is very similar to DALS in the sense that itís trying to convey a message and story without directly explaining it to its players. In other words, theyíre not insulting the intelligence of the gamer Ė you have to fill in the blanks. DALS accomplished its mission in a span of four hours.

DALS is a text based game. Yes, a text game, I never played a text based game before, but when I read the description of the game by bbain, I had to give it a try. I will now present you with the lovely description bbain wrote:

Digital: A Love Story is a very intriguing, immersive and emotional experience. It's a text-based game which places you back into the Bulletin Board Systems of the late '80s. The game is presented as a computer desktop, namely the Amie Workbench, which you navigate much like your own desktop. You can open messages, download programs to the desktop, dial numbers, and reply to messages on the BBSs. There is also a music player which comes along with your desktop, which will play different songs depending on your progress in the game. The music is quite nice. Digital does an excellent job of pulling you into the world of the game. Once you start reading the various messages and getting to know the characters, you won't want to stop playing until you've beaten the game. You learn about the characters solely through their messages and replies. You are unable to read your own sent messages, although you can usually infer what you said based on the replies that you get. It might have been nice to be able to read your sent messages, as I would've liked to know what I could have said that warranted a "FUCK YOU!" from one of the characters, but I guess you can just be creative and decide what you would have said yourself. The game also has a strange way of inducing paranoia in the player. I don't really want to spoil the game or the story for anyone though, so I won't say anything more about it. If you're unsure about whether or not to play this game, I say at least give it a try. I'm not really a fan of text-based games myself, but this one was a very interesting and rather emotional experience for me.

bbain describes the game as an ďemotional experienceĒ and I can vouch for this, but I would actually go further. I would say that this game is one of the best written games Iíve ever played. Itís a game I would even compare to Destructoid.

As a member of this great site, I have experience friendship with avatars. Iíve had discussions with faceless people. Iíve experience debate and commonality with people from around the world. DALS is many ways like Destructoid. In the game you have conversations with people named ďRobFugitiveĒ or ďtiberius.Ē You experience users who use ďfuckĒ in every other sentence, or lazily write a response back to you. As I was playing, or should I say reading, I got a sense that this was me: refreshing the page, getting PMís, debating with people, commenting on blogs, having assholes post shit, getting e-mails. DALS represents our internet life. It represents how we interact with each other. DALS is Destructoid.

In one of many replies to me, bbain said, To me, it's kind of like an emulation of the way we communicate on sites like Destructoid, although in the game you only had someone's screenname to go off of rather than avatars and bios. You can create such a strong connection with people you've never even met and have no idea what they look like. I couldnít have said it better myself. This game is scary in how accurate it is. We, as a community, have fights, debates, or even insult each other, but playing this game showed me a connection I have with the words of other Dtoid users; words that sometimes are meaningless when I interact with people out in the world.

Like I said before, this game is short, but that isnít a bad thing Ė a game like this can only be made short. I wrote three paragraphs explaining the story and characters, but decided to not include it. The whole point of the game is the words, and if I ruin the words for you, then there is no point in playing. Please, go over bbains blog and follow the link to download this little gem for FREE.
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About VenusInFursone of us since 4:39 PM on 02.11.2011

Wow, I have a twitter now. Hmmm, would you like to follow me? Here, take this link. If you follow me; I will make all your dreams come true: Twitter

Here's my Tumblr; it's where I write all my miscellaneous stuff: Tumblr

Do you like films? Do you like my writing? If so, then have a look at my movie blog: Flixist

I'm a student. I'm currently working on my second degree. My past jobs were working at a gym and Urban Outfitters. I love to play guitar, read, listen to music, and watch films. I'm funny and enjoy the arts. I sometimes can ramble on about literature and films. I'm born and breed in New York. I'm easy going and I love fashion. My favorite system is the DS. I constantly shop at Urban Outfitters and Topshop. I really don't know what else to say. Oh yeah, I'm a cool guy!

I Stand Alone, Magnolia, There Will Be Blood, Fight Club, Antichrist, Enter The Void, Dogtooth

Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Lhasa De Sela, MC5, Neil Young, Velvet Underground, Radiohead, Manu Chao, The Smiths, Nine Inch Nails

The Trial, Notes From Underground, Paris Spleen, Crime And Punishment, Junky, Hunger, Nausea, The Stranger

Super Mario Bros., Lost in Shadow, Braid

Favorite Articles I've written:

Demon's Souls: An Allegory for Life


Diary of a Breton: Journey to Solitude

Are You Afraid of the Dark?

Explain Yourself!

Venus, Put on some Fur and let's Talk

Front Page Articles

The Emasculation of a Father

A Small Thank You

I started a blog at this very site to let some of my feelings out. In some way Destructoid was therapy for me. I write about everything from my mother, past relationships, financial situations, friends, hipsters, school, etc. This is done not for sympathy, but as a way to expresses myself. My financial situation is a mess and I have no idea how Iím going to make a living, but writing and reading some of the response from great users have bought a wealth of positiveness to my life; It really doesnít have to be anything big, but a simple comment of appreciation is enough to fill my heart with joy. Itís strange writing this, but joining this community has been the best thing I've ever done, well, second best thing; getting laid is pretty cool. What Iím trying to say here is thank you. Thank you for this awesome community. Thank you for reading. Thank you for commenting. Thank you for being awesome.

A big thanks goes to falsenipple for the header!

Venus In Furs - Don't know what it is? Well, my freind, click on the link and listen to the song.

The Velvet Underground - Venus In Furs (Original)

DeVotchKa - Venus In Furs (Cover)


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