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The Ocean

by Joyce Hatton

2014

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(based on 4 ratings)
1 member review

About the Story

A game about grief and a day at the beach.

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Language: English
Current Version: Unknown
License: Freeware
Development System: Twine
IFID: Unknown
TUID: vdtmczky0p0ywk37

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Listen to the sound of the sea, August 27, 2016
by verityvirtue (London)
Related reviews: melancholic
[Time to completion: 5-10 minutes]

In this game, you are at the beach with your boyfriend, medicinal weed brownies and a lump in your breast. This game is not about the lump, not mainly. This game is about confronting your own mortality and anxieties.

The Ocean is surprisingly similar to Tapes: both have a female protagonist who has some kind of physical ailment; both are in a relationship with a man, but most of all both share the same introspective, melancholic mood.

The Ocean uses a stream-of-consciousness style, coloured with metaphors, to explore the protagonist's emotions. The tone is distant, as if recalling a long-ago event, but unexpectedly snarky in places. The reader, here, is the narrator's confidante and companion. The reader's role, here, is not to perform or do or solve problems: it is to listen. And in the act of listening - of clicking through the words and reading it - the narrator comes to a kind of peace.

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