As you may or may not know, I have participated in the recent Ludum Dare #28. Under the theme, You Only Get One, I have created an interactive fiction game, a Choose Your Own Adventure if you will. The topic I chose was quite a serious one, and I think it would be good to discuss why I wanted to do this, what I tried to achieve, and, basically, what it all means.
If you haven’t played the game yet, it would be advisable to do so first, as I will completely spoil the whole thing in a minute. You can find the game here, but please be aware that the game comes with a ginormous trigger warning. Please read the notes in the game’s menu if you think there might be topics that could cause you significant emotional distress.
I’d also ask you not to play it if you are a minor. The game is not featured in our library on purpose, as our cute design and our other, much more child-friendly titles suggest safe, pleasant games, but this is not one of those. I understand the appeal such a statement has, but even some of my friends, adults, have had very strong reactions to it, so please skip this one. Or, if you are really curious, talk to your parents, have them play it first or play it together. Just don’t take this lightly, it is a very serious topic.
Now, if you have played the game and you are certain that a discussion of the same won’t cause you distress, let’s talk about it.
Again, TRIGGER WARNING AND MAJOR SPOILERS after the jump.