doctorow at April 29th, 2014 18:01 — #1
wonkodsane at April 29th, 2014 18:44 — #2
The subject matter and approach aren't terribly surprising, considering the existential conversation shown as a scrolling text after you defeat "The End" in Minecraft.
acerplatanoides at April 29th, 2014 19:01 — #3
eraserbones at April 29th, 2014 19:32 — #4
Hm, it seems that I can click on 'play', 'learn,' and 'make love' indefinitely as long as I scrupulously avoid working or growing up.
acerplatanoides at April 29th, 2014 19:41 — #5
I remember when it seemed that way
boundegar at April 29th, 2014 19:58 — #6
Existential conversation? More like sophomore poetry. I have always thought of it as a punishment for killing the dragon.
maya at April 29th, 2014 21:05 — #7
Does anyone have recommendations (or a link to someone else's roundup) of more games like this? I am a sucker for this kind of simple text game (we don't want to discuss how many hours were wasted in Candy Box and Candy Box 2) but in my search for more, I am often waylaid by old school "Type N for north, E for..." type things which don't appeal to me at all.
daneel at April 29th, 2014 21:32 — #8
Rock, Paper, Shotgun does a roundup of free games once a week, often have things like this.
They used to list a lot of those at http://freeindiegam.es, although I think they've stopped updating that now.
glyphgryph at April 29th, 2014 22:13 — #9
Have you played the one where you start by gathering wood for your fire? Or, oh god, Horse Master. Horse Master is the best, just... the best. Amazing.
Seriously. The best.
jaredbb at April 29th, 2014 23:40 — #10
I hope Notch is doing alright.
It's an existential little game, and it can hit you pretty hard if you're coming into already in a certain state of mind...
maya at April 30th, 2014 00:28 — #11
Wow--horse master is both exactly what I was looking for and simultaneously an experience I am going to have to shower to forget. (I played twice--can one win the competition?) I think I know the one you mean with the wood gathering; I loved that so much!
glyphgryph at April 30th, 2014 01:04 — #12
Yes, you can win the competition.
chentzilla at April 30th, 2014 03:30 — #13
felipe_budinich at April 30th, 2014 08:35 — #14
daneel at April 30th, 2014 09:11 — #15
samsam at April 30th, 2014 11:31 — #16
A Dark Room is very similar in gameplay, without the existential angst:
I don't think of myself as interested in that kind of game, but it really trapped me for several days. (Fortunately, the game can eventually play itself for much of the time in a background tab, and you go back to it when you want to.)
mrwoods at April 30th, 2014 11:49 — #17
I won Horse Master, but I suspect losing might feel better, god that messed with my expectations
dimespin at April 30th, 2014 12:27 — #18
Oh... well I didn't need to feel good about life anyway.
gwailo_joe at April 30th, 2014 12:53 — #19
I just played...very surreal. And I am proud to say: I Am A Horse Master!
(Not sure exactly how I did it: balance the stats and share the food equally?)
companylaser at April 30th, 2014 13:44 — #20
I interpreted this as a deconstruction of society's tendency towards end-directed thinking. It's like life, minus life. I bet some of those "projects" and "memories" were actually quite fulfilling and worthwhile had only they not been seen as a means to an end; boxes to tick off on your way to the grave. Life is not a means to an end.
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