Samzo Oct 15, 2013 @ 1:04pm
What you should expect.
Hello.
So... is it a "game"? If you feel the need to ask, no.

Is it disappointing if you expected a game as you know them? yes.

Is it interesting? If you like to think out of the box, yes.

Is it too short? Yes! No!

There are many posts about how short it is.
Like if "short playtime" was the ultimate crime a vidéo game could commit.
This is interesting, because it would mean that an "artist's creation" is giving you pleasure only during the amount of time it lasts.

When going for a movie, would you say: "what? movieA is 1h30 long and movieB is 2h45 long? For the same price, of course i'm gonna go for movieB!"
No you wouldn't. Because movie making is an art, and you will chose the one which will trigger the most emotions to you. And a good movie stays with you hours, days, months after your viewing is over. A good movie makes you think afterwards, not just enjoy the present moment.

How long lasts a painting? A sculpture? Duration is not how you quantify emotion.
So I think it should not be considered at all.

You can't be the same people saying video game is an art, and saying that you feel scammed by the length of a game.

In video-game-is-a-market world, duration is a criterion and a sale argument. In many AAA games, you will -pick one or more- bring a package from A to B, kill monsters you saw before exept they are now a different color and stronger, have to go back to a known zone legitimized by a poorly made scenaristic excuse, do the same copy-paste mission over and over...
That's because... well... duration counts in the press reviews and in the minds of lambda gamers, so when you buy a commercial game, there is an acceptable hours count.
And sometimes it's artificially inflated, resulting in a long but becoming-boring result.
So you play until you're totaly fed up, and then there is (often) no emotion left to live after you've stop playing. But hey, it's ok, the game lasts long and I'm not ripped off.

People complaining about duration are responsible for boring content in games.
There's nothing more disappointing that an overexploited good idea.

I think Thirty Flights of Loving is a study for alternatives to this drift, I think it's more like an essai, a reflexion about (amongst other) how can a story be told, what's necessary and what's not, and what should remain untold to arouse your imagination.
I even think the author made it as short as possible, as a concept. To prove something. To prove that some of the most widespread practices in video games are inessential, a waste of time.

Moreover, maybe some of you are used to get spectacular bargains on Steam, big games for almost nothing, and maybe now you're demanding.
You should not compare what is not comparable.
You should buy a game because you're interested in its concept, neither because it's long, nor because it's cheap.

Of course TFoL might look like non-professional work compared to what you might be used to.
Of course you won't really play, and of course it doesn't last long at all.

Maybe this work should be free, there would be no complain at all.
But if you think that enriching your way of thinking is worth it, if your mind is open to reflexion, if you feel like developpers like these deserve a little money because the future of video games will be better with them than without, you might give a few bucks and a bit of your time for it.
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Israphelo Oct 15, 2013 @ 3:33pm 
and yet i hear complaints when i write long articles, people should stop being lazy.
N.B.S.P Oct 15, 2013 @ 4:59pm 
it could have bin a game i like the second 1 where u have to find the berds but y so lazy it could have bin a great thing and i like what thay did and what trippy parts it had those were great. but what i dont like is that it is not a game and what little game play there is wtf can i pickup guns and amo if im never going to use them. i dont like that i payed for this because u play it 1 time for 5 mins and its over there are many games that do this but thay dont end 5 mins after its done downloding and it dosent make fake promises of an fps when there is no fps game play. and y all the time and screen jumping and y all the clips of cool things and mishons and the showing of it on the stoor page if your never going to get to do aney of it. its a ♥♥♥♥ing rip off. LIES LIES FROM THE TABLE CLOTH. DO NOT BUY ITS NOT WEARTH THE MONEY AND IF U EVER SEE IT FREE GET IT. I WOULDENT BE MAD IF IT WAS WERTH THE $2 I SPNT BUT ITS NOT. SORRY
N.B.S.P Oct 15, 2013 @ 5:04pm 
I HOPE THERE ARE UPDATES ADDING LONGER PLOTS AND STORYS BECAUSE U HAVE GOOD 1S BUT THER WAY TO SHORT.
N.B.S.P Oct 15, 2013 @ 5:08pm 
BUT HIS BUT BUDDY FRIENDS ONLY HAD TO SAY IM A WANK TARD LOL NOT EVEN GOING TO TALK TO ME LIKE A NORMAL PERSON BUT WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT FROM PEOPLE THAT MAKE THIS ♥♥♥♥
X'estrix Oct 15, 2013 @ 6:14pm 
Guys, I think Hentie Dj's post must have a deeper meaning. There is defnitely something coded in all these messages. He has been hired by Blendo to make posts that one would assume are just a 10 year old with tourettes, but are actually encoded messages, part of an ARG for Blendo's upcoming game, Quadrilateral Cowboy.

Well played, Blendo, well played.
Samzo Oct 16, 2013 @ 1:43pm 
Haha, thank you X'estrix, you made my day
TOES Oct 17, 2013 @ 1:12pm 
hey man, u totally hit the point to those indie games!
Personnally, i love those zombie shooting stuff but it won't bother me to have such nice art masterpiece for having fun with! ppl should really stop complainning if they bought it just because it costs 2 bucks,even without doing any reserch what the game is about!!
mole Oct 17, 2013 @ 10:45pm 
I like the number station refrence "The Cuban Lady" :D
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