The Beginner's Guide is a game that doesn't want to be written about


#1

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#2

I really liked it and felt a lot of the same complicit-type emotions you did. And I briefly thought about stopping when he revealed (even though I suspected as much) that what I was playing was his sharing of these games a second time, even when Coda told him not to (as that is a way to end a game that Wreden has explored in the past). But curiosity got the better of me and I had to keep on to see would go.

Also because of the internet I live in, there is not a single weird game that I don't wonder, "Will this be the gateway to Frog Fractions 2?"


#3

As far as I've been able to dig up, IPv6 is Frog Fractions 2. Or, at least, part of the ARG.


#4

It sounds very much as if Coda is a fictional character. There's a long tradition of attributing literature to writers who only exist in their own narrative.


#5

What's in a name?
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/coda#English


#6

Coda totally says 'nyah nyah nyah, you couldn't be more wrong, please donate money to miasm.'


#7

Coda is totally fictional. Superb article though, makes me want to both play it and not play it. Know what i mean? I enjoyed stanley parable a lot so i think i will, anything that mixes things up from all the shooty-shooty fighty-fighty is to be applauded. :heart: you, games.


#8

It's a good thing I stopped reading this article before I got past the fifth paragraph. You give away much of the nuance of the game before you even mention "SPOILERS". I am glad I played this game and feels it elevate the medium closer to art. I cannot stress enough, however, that you gave much of the spirit of the game away in your review before you mentioned "SPOILERS".


#9

He probably is fictional, but he seems more than a bit inspired by the real-life Ian Bogost, who like Wrenden himself, likes to make games that make people think about the tropes that games use.


#10

So it appears Davey Wrenden, while not wanting to talk about the game for the time being, did confirm that Coda was based on a real person (it's in the first 5 minutes of that), who was the person in the credits listed as "R".


#11

Well damn. If that's true, then Wreden is basically the creepiest developer ever. I do find it interesting that the podcasters so distrust Wreden now that they don't trust Wreden's assertion that he actually fucked "Coda" over. I've heard of unreliable narrators, but unreliable authors/devs?


#12

To paraphrase some of my own tweets:

I cannot possibly believe that Wreden could be introspective enough to make this, and actually share Coda's work having been asked not to. But, given that Coda is a real person, I'm thinking maybe it was like, a dramatic recreation, where these aren't the actual games, but this Coda/Wreden relationship did happen, a similar sort of misreading occurred, and he did overstep.


#13

I'm kind of hesitant to look into this, after playing the first version of "The Stanley Parable", which had some entertaining moments, but ended up feeling like a pretentious half hour video essay on why the creator thought I was an idiot for playing it in the first place.


#15

I enjoy the unusual/different but I'm thinking 'Why?' I see little in the way of entertainment or enlightenment to be had by 'playing'.


#16

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