(I see mizal already gave you your commendation.)
But some remarkable work.
I'm reading through Admiration Point and I like it because you play a Mormon housewife that has a daughter but is attracted to some guy at work. I'm not sure if it'll let me cuck my husband or not yet. Because I'm trying to choose wisely atm.
Oh, this is so dumb! You couldn’t fuck the guy!
It has to be the new gayest thing I've ever had the misfortune of encountering.
Well Mormons generally fail at everything due to their inherent faggotry.
I liked how the very tempted to cheat Mormon wife protagonist had a very"woe is me!" mindset in the story. Like, there's a scene in which you can choose to pray to love your family more so you don't cheat. But even when you want to cheat the guy like pushes you away. And you can tell the husband like, yeah, "I want to fuck this guy at my job!" and he doesn't even care.
Mormon and Depressed
I will try and get to it in the next couple of days. Should be able to do something.
I hope I wasn't too late on voting. Only just got around to it.
I completed my civic duty and voted.
According to the rules you have to spend two hours with a game or something.
Must I really?
The one I'm playing right now is not making for a fun two hours.
Nice! I'll save Coastlines for last, then.
It better be good and the best one, or I'll be upset.
Judges must base their judgment of each game on at MOST the first two hours of play. If a judge is still playing a game at the end of a cumulative two hours of playing time and wishes to continue playing it, the judge must rate the game and not change that rating later before continuing play. Authors may write a game of any length they desire, but should keep this rule in mind when determining the length of their entry.
The explanation is indeed quite unwieldy in a sense.
There was one with a bunch of drawings like a visual novel. I liked that one. I rated it higher. I never knew the world of interactive fiction was so vast.
The miserable lack of bushido on display is insulting to not just the entire culture, but the human spirit. Even the motherfuckers of Old Japan who struggled with nihilism never manifested it with cringy strawman "hurr royalty" nonsense. You can tell whoever this "soldier" is is an unbased peasant, because real samurai motherfuckers had an entirely alien relationship to death. The protagonist of this story would have been considered the most snivelling babydick to have ever wasted air. To them, death was actually sort of inconsequential to the meaning and affirmation of having lived. The Hagakure is full of fuckin wildly based statements about how clarity and determination of purpose is the highest virtue, and you can be a fuckin force of nature.
"Even if a samurai’s head were to be suddenly cut off, he should still be able to perform one more action with certainty. With martial valor in his life; if he can make himself to be like a revengeful ghost and show great determination, though his head be cut off, he should not die."
Hold on, it's not actually japanese. There's shit like longswords and generic taverns and magic circles and whatever in this story. Is this badly explained worldbuilding, garbage history, or just a bad allegory? Either way it reads like Gay and Depressed but from the perspective of that one D&D character that the least showered kid made in every party in the 2000s.
Hold on, what the fuck time period is this
I have literally no sense of place, style, or aesthetic, this is like somebody dumped a mixture of taco, teriyaki, and eggnog spices into an oatmeal. Why did you make me read this? I feel like I just somehow read an angsty teenage fart. Reading this gave me pinkeye.
I get the sense that the protagonist of this game has not meditated on being torn apart by spears and rifles, being thrown into a great fire, committing seppuku at the death of his master, even when his mind is at peace; he definitely does not consider himself to be dead.
Well, I have voted. Now nobody can say that I do not do my part for things other than this site.
Lost Coastlines was delightful, but a little rough around the edges. I'm sure the dev time was SUBSTANTIAL, but I think it still needed more time in the oven. Mizal, you were a playtester, do you know if the dev is still looking for feedback, or if they consider the game done and shipped at this point?
Other than that, the only game I played that I'd actually recommend is Prism. The discovery of which was worth the price of admission, i.e., reading multiple terrible <15s. Prism is filed as 1 hour, although I think my playthrough exceeded that. Highly recommended, regardless.
Did anyone find any other gems in this year's heap of coal?
Sorry to see that Lost Coastlines didn't do better. (Tied for 28th, for those not perusing the list)
Also, apparently there are worse games than HOURS, at 65th out of 70.
Hours piss me off almost as much as hexagons