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walking home

by spinach

Slice of life

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(based on 6 ratings)
2 member reviews

About the Story

The fear of walking home as a person of color.

Game Details

Language: English (en)
Current Version: Unknown
License: Freeware
Development System: Twine
IFID: Unknown
TUID: cdgs3mmxizmyqmkx


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
A short Twine poem about risk and fear, September 21, 2016
by verityvirtue (London)
Related reviews: melancholic
[Time to completion: ~5 minutes]

This short poem, presented in Twine, is about the experience of walking home as a person of colour, and the fear of being seen as a monster and being attacked.

Links, here, act as punctuation, giving it the rhythm of song. So yes, it's better if it's read aloud, but it needs the player's interaction - of clicking on the link - to drive in the rhythm.

walking home uses the symbology of religion to represent the power of weapons, of always staying more dangerous than other people out there - there are lines such as "pray to the brand on its edge for protection" - but it is, ultimately, born of fear. And despite this, fatalism is everywhere - a fatalism born of weariness, born of helplessness.

It may be "just" dynamic fiction. It may not be technically spectacular. But it's powerful stuff.

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
Twine poetry, March 28, 2014
It plays better when you read it aloud.

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