Repression

Player Rating5.87/8

"#61 overall, #5 for 2008"
based on 411 ratings since 06/25/2008
played 22,428 times (finished 621)

Story Difficulty7/8

"wade in shark infested water"

Play Length6/8

"It'll be a while, better grab a Snickers®"

Maturity Level7/8

"anything goes"
Some material may be inappropriate for persons under age 18. If this were a movie, it would probably be R.

Emotions can be wonderful or dangerous...

Additional Notes:

This story has a few bits that are probably a bit on the disturbing side. Not many, but they are there in places. So if you don't like that sort of thing, you probably shouldn't read it.

This story in general is probably a bit odd and less verbose than most of my other stories. There are also several endings varying in degrees of good/bad/neutral outcomes. While there are some endings better than others, this is basically just the tale of a teenager who definitely has some issues.

Player Comments

In my opinion, this is one your best games. Something I've noticed is that you tend to use one of two types of protagonist in your stories; the badass (Eternal, Ground Zero, Alpha Wolf, Necromancer...) and the lame...ass (Geek, Tales from The Basement, AVSCYS). Then I guess there's the normal guy just trying to survive in Death Song, the vagina-wearing lunatic in Love SICK and the kid in Imagination who have both badass and lameass characteristics.
But anyhow, what I'm trying to say is that although Eternal is arguably your most epic and impressive story (and probably my favourite overall), I could relate a lot more to the protagonist in this story. I read Eternal as if from a distance, in awe, as the almost god-like protagonist went through his various tribulations. But I read Repression as if I were there. Your other 'lame-ass' protagonists, like in TFTB and Geek, were a bit extreme (not a criticism; I get they're meant to be satirical characters/butt monkeys for your own twisted amusement), but this repressed lame-ass reminds me of people I know IRL. Not to mention myself lol. And it was great that the lame-ass could have a happy ending for once (that is actually realistic-not, 'you're suddenly a completely normal person and you live happily ever after', but 'you did some good today. Things are starting to look up'. And it was scary how easily things could go wrong as well, like IRL. I'd also agree with 31TeV and Loon about the merits of your writing style here and the variety of endings. And yeah, this is probably your most tasteful game.
My one criticism would be about the 'group hug' option. It was kinda cool in a 'wtf!? Oh, forgot I was reading an Endmaster story lol...' kinda way, but I felt like it was just thrown in there to fuck with us, and therefore the story lost some of it's realism (and therefore, it's relatability and poignancy and whatnot) for me. Otherwise, I think I might have given this an 8/8 like Eternal.
But anyhow, great job! 7/8
-- Tintin on 3/28/2015 12:34:19 PM
This is a great storygame, and arguably the best example of Endmaster's writing that's got dark and disturbing themes but still tasteful and interesting at the same time. Love SICK is probably more explicit and disgusting but that's more for the sake of humour, unlike in this story. There are quite a few separate paths that will lead to incest in this one.

The most impressive part of Repression is the number of paths and endings. Due to the lack of a 'true ending', most of the endings are satisfying in their own way. This makes for a very replayable game. It surprises you by giving you choices where you expect a dead end. It's also cleverly done so that going through the same events is given a little twist due to prior events and gives you a fresh perspective and different outcomes. That said, some of the endings on occasion do feel a little too similar to one another.

As Loon says, the brevity and conciseness of the writing is a major strength of this story. It fits very well with the protagonist and the theme of feeling nothing. There's also something very compelling about the way repetition is used for the endings. It's a blast to go through and find all the different words used when your character feels something.

The odd typo aside, this game is near perfect (for the kind of storygame it is) and very enjoyable. I don't think there's much you could do to build upon or improve this concept, but due to lack of epicness (which, again, couldn't really be included in this story) I give Repression 7/8.
-- 31TeV on 10/7/2014 11:54:56 AM
This is definitely your most underrated game (even though it has a pretty good rating.) Frankly, I think it kicks ass. The fact that it's "less verbose" than most of your stories is not a liability. Rather, it gives the reader the opportunity to think whilst enjoying the story, rather than distracting the reader with a multitude of events and details. It invites one to look closely at the protagonist, who he is, and where he comes from, (since there's not so much else to it) and ultimately, to appreciate how his story may relate to oneself and to other human beings in general. This makes it really fucking scary.
-- Loon on 6/30/2012 1:34:41 AM
I explored every single ending and it gets kind of weird
SPOILERS: For some reason you can end up being "passionate" for your mom, sister or both. There is going to be some pretty bad down syndrome in this family
-- qawsed123 on 1/1/2017 6:23:03 PM
The threesome ending is quite awesome! Unexpected haha
-- Skeptikos on 12/15/2016 1:21:27 PM
Interesting. Good read, not so much social, but not everything is supposed to be.
-- Walker on 12/10/2016 8:21:53 PM
How do you play the game an are you allowed to have sex
-- Yet ha on 12/8/2016 4:44:25 PM
Sometimes JUSTICEEE is appropriate.
-- Digit on 11/23/2016 12:51:31 PM
Funny ending, and quite disturbing? Not the sort of ending I was expecting.
-- harrypotter on 10/24/2016 11:39:19 AM
The Story was good but wish it could of been longer. I played it quite a few times and all the endings i found were satisfying.
-- ExpectReality on 10/20/2016 4:17:49 AM
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