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You Were Here

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Metafiction
2015

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not your average game, but a delightful bit of randomness, January 29, 2015
by matt w (Matt Weiner) (Burlington, VT)
You Were Here doesn't give you any interaction options and doesn't make any attempt at coherence. If you go in expecting some normal sort of IF interaction, you will be confused and disappointed.

What it does is present a mashup of text from the introductions of IF games published in 2014, and I enjoyed seeing the juxtapositions. Here's a nice one:

(Spoiler - click to show)You can go west. Once there was a girl called Catherine Apple-Ninja Denise Yarmilla van Houten. Once upon a time there was an old man, shrouded in mystery venturing across the land living his life. The list for the hundred-year Convent of Evil was published and you were eleventh on the list.

And here's the next one:

(Spoiler - click to show)Congratulations! Laughter tastes bitter in a burnt mouth, and yet that's what you're continuously doing with this girl at the bar. Having murdered his brother-in-law, Orrin Brower of Kentucky was a fugitive from justice.

So, if you like this sort of procedurally generated juxtaposition, enjoy! If you don't, you probably won't enjoy.

(Review applies to Inform 7 version of game.)

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matt w (Matt Weiner), January 29, 2015 - Reply
And then I got this:

(Spoiler - click to show) Marcus is a poet, with a wealthy general as his patron. It is a bit of a difficult commute, I'll admit.

PURE POETRY.
Andrew Schultz, January 30, 2015 - Reply
I had fun trying to match up the games I hadn't played with the first lines. Heck, I had fun trying to remember which first lines went with the games I played.
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