We're not talking about plain depression, or that time you felt like committing suicide after you read Death song. No, what I want to know if any of our story games have made you cry real, genuine tears.
Have any of you cried while reading any story games?
If so, what was it that made you cry at the time?
Any other comments on the subject?
Because these are likely going to be the judges...
@BerkaZerka @EndMaster @Killa_Robot @Will11 @Bucky (Assuming he isn't a mystery contestant, or too busy)
The best you can hope for from me is just writing a good story with elements that I can identify as FEELS so that I can tell you tried.
Unless you somehow just write something so hilarious that I'm rolling on the floor in laughter that my eyes are watering because I can't breath due to the lulz.
But I have my doubts anyone is going to do that since that hasn't happened yet either.
I will take into consideration if your story makes others cry however. (Though only for the feels or the lulz, not because it was so shitty that it caused people to weep in disgust)
In the meantime here's an inspirational song!
I cried about death song ngl
Extending the topic to books, movies, and just stories in general. What would a story have to do to make you cry?
The closest I got to the point of crying would be the ending of 'Metro: 2033', the book. The ambience of utter hopelessness and a broken future left the 13 years old me stunned for a few minutes.
A close second would be 'im westen nichts neues'. The author had a way with words to describe the gruesome pointlessness of the trench warfare of WWI.
Nope, never did. Not even Death Song, because I was just annoyed my protagonist was a faggot playing music while my other protagonist did badass shit. In regards to non-storygame stuff, the only things that spring to mind is that one episode of Monk where Monk gets a kid and raises him as a Tiny Monk, but then gives him up when he realizes he shouldn't turn a kid into a Tiny Monk. There's probably other shit, but that's all I can think of now.
The Royal Tenenbaums... The scene near the end when Ben Stiller's character breaks down crying and says, "I've been having a really hard time," and Gene Hackman (who plays his father) hugs him and says, "I know, son."
Was the first time Ben's character broke through his neurosis (of disaster preparedness) and admitted the pain he was going through after his wife's death, and also the first time his father showed him tenderness (which was the main part that got me).
Happy tears every time I see it.
Wes Anderson movies are always kind of sad. Grand Budapest Hotel usually bums me out, even though I've seen the thing at least a dozen times at htis point
The scene in monsters inc where Sully leaves Boo in her room at the end made me shed a few tears.
I was under the impression that cartoons were completely cheating. This is an outrage.
In that case, I nominate the first few minutes of Up.
From what I've read, Ebon's style can come close to matching it. It is very cinematic. He knows how to evoke emotions. He specifically describes what you are sensing externally, what you are feeling internally, and what you thinking at a particular moment. It literally forces you to experience it.
I am trying to put that in my game, but I don't have the talent. :-/
I think you are implying that we are not the world's greatest authors. You are sadlier mistakingly than I thought.
Ooo... 13 months into my epic!
It is edifying in the sense that it is so bad.
It shows you what is possible.
Thanks for the nice words Ikiriakos!
While I know Death Song gets brought up a lot, there’s scenes in other stories of mine where I think the feels are there a lot more than Death Song. Really I found things like the innkeeper not managing to save Eliza or the Experimental Shelter epilogue in Ground Zero to be more emotional.
Hell, I had Decena getting killed in both paths where she makes an appearance in Eternal, but I kept her around and expanded her role a little longer due to feeling a bit sorry for her character as I was writing her. So she got at least a “semi-happy” ending in one path. And my favorite ending is where he ends up with Alison.
Really though I’d say Suzy’s Strange Saga had the most feels though. Especially with a few of the epilogues.
I mostly brought up Death Song because everyone says it's sad etc. Personally, I didn't really feel at all depressed, sad, what have you when I read it. It didn't really evoke emotion for me until he played for the necromancers wife, and even then it wasn't enough to cause tears.
Eternal, when before the death god, on the other hand, came closer. Not enough to draw tears either mind you, but the thought of reaching a ceiling where the eternal could no longer progress made me kinda sad.
This is going to sound dumb but I got a little choked up at the end of The Lego Movie when I first watched it when I was 12 or so. It's the scene where the dad and the son reconcile. Mostly it was because I never really had a close relationship with my dad and probably never will, and that depresses me.
As for stories on the site, pussy Chris from 2014 cried reading Snow. More recently I reread Death Song and the true ending made me shed a tear or two, and, not going to lie, the "epilogue" for the Wasteland Bastard path in Ground Zero is really sad to me as well.
Your Lego moment is similar to my Royal Tenenbaum's one... Long-standing relationship-oriented wish = happy/sad tears when we see it fulfilled for others?
I cannot say that I ever have.
Yes, I have read "Through Time."