Rob Dec 7, 2013 @ 1:41pm
Not an Art Game
I can only imagine that the few who are labelling this "art, not game" are just latching on to the new cool insult. MirrorMoon has nearly everything except for the "game" parts taken out, and looks rather like the original Elite.

It is the Call of Duty and Battlefield games that are the artworks - stressing your graphics card so that you can run-shoot-run-shoot endlessly through scenery so beautful that you could hang on your wall. If you were to put MirrorMoon up there you would have a black square with a lot of white dots.

Not that MirrorMoon isn't beautiful in its way. As the store page says, "Each planet has artifacts, buildings, and puzzles on its surface, hidden in astonishing low-poly sceneries." The combination of soundtrack with the simple and considerate graphics can be mesmerising.

The initial puzzle is to work out the cockpit of your spaceship. The controls are highlighted, but it is up to you to establish which of them does what. It is simple to work out enough to get you going, but complete mastery of the controls and displays takes a lot longer.

Once you are on the surface of a planet, the core of the puzzles begins. Your planet has a sun and mirror moon (yeah!) whose surface is identical to your planet's. It serves as a minimap, and is the only way of observing anything beyond a few metres away from you. The moon is visible from only part of the planet's surface at a time, so you need to use all your spacial imagination and your knowledge of spherical geometry and lighting to navigate to where you need to be on your planet. The constellations are reliable and are the only way to judge which way you're facing on an otherwise-barren landscape.

You have a "weapon" that you must equip with items found on the planet. They allow you to rotate the mirror moon so that you can see more than just the side facing you, add markers to it (that appear in the equivalent place on the planet), or lock the moon so that it moves with you. The last allows you to keep your minimap always at hand, as well as creating lunar eclipses: the dark side of the moon shows different information from the lighted side.

Towards the end of each planet you have to relinquish the parts you have found for your weapon to advance the level. Of course that makes it harder to find where you are going, so completing a planet can be quite a challenge.

Then it's back to your ship. If you just completed a planet that no one else has finished then you get to name it (six characters). Then choose another planet, fly to it and solve a new set of puzzles.

"Not a game"? I don't think so. Definitely not art though!
Last edited by Rob; Dec 7, 2013 @ 3:51pm
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Vyltyx Dec 9, 2013 @ 7:41am 
Why can't something be both a game, and art? Call it "interactive art".
takashi_K Dec 9, 2013 @ 5:09pm 
It's definitely both art and a game, and much stronger in both areas.

The shooters you mentioned as "the artworks" are just the two most popular in a sea of generic modern-military shooters. What they offer us: Bombed out ruins. Smoke. Dust. Death. Desolation, gunfire, screaming, grey and brown crumbling building being destroyed by the hammer of mortar fire.

In other words, nothing. They offer us nothing but man butchering other men in recreation of the grisliest horrors that mankind has come up with today. There is no inspiration here, no aesthetic, no wonder, only violence. This is the reason that when the Metropolitan Museum of Art decided to add a gallery with videos games as an art form, no modern shooters were selected.

I'll take mysterious low-poly vistas on alien planets any day over that, thanks.
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Dr. Bees Dec 25, 2013 @ 9:04pm 
Art =\= realism
The Barbaric Badger Dec 26, 2013 @ 9:48pm 
Originally posted by Vyltyx:
Why can't something be both a game, and art? Call it "interactive art".
it is not an interactice art game those sir are point and click games like myst WHICH IS AN AMAZING GAME FOR YOUR INFORMATION
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The Barbaric Badger Dec 26, 2013 @ 9:49pm 
Originally posted by Ai:
Art =\= realism
this is true but i hate to break this to you guys this game was based on a graphic novel
Zukhramm Dec 28, 2013 @ 6:39am 
Originally posted by The Cat in the Box:
it is not an interactice game

???
Shralla Dec 29, 2013 @ 10:23pm 
Imagine the kind of person you'd have to be to consider something being art to be an insult.
Rob Dec 30, 2013 @ 9:12am 
I have to say that my post and the subject line weren't ideal, but I have had to leave them as they are for the comments to make sense.

What I meant was something like "This Is at Least a Game and Probably Art As Well", and my content went on to describe its content in depth so as to prove that it is at least a complex game.

Whether or not anything is art is mostly a pointless argument, but here it is irrelevant because "MirrorMoon" is very much a game.
Rob Dec 30, 2013 @ 9:15am 
Originally posted by The Cat in the Box:
thing is it is not an interactice game those sir are point and click games like myst WHICH IS AN AMAZING GAME FOR YOUR INFROMATION

It isn't an interactive game? What, you mean, you start it and just watch? No wonder you're having no fun!
Geerbo Dec 30, 2013 @ 11:00pm 
good description, i agree with rob.
The Barbaric Badger Jan 1 @ 11:51am 
Originally posted by Rob:
I have to say that my post and the subject line weren't ideal, but I have had to leave them as they are for the comments to make sense.

What I meant was something like "This Is at Least a Game and Probably Art As Well", and my content went on to describe its content in depth so as to prove that it is at least a complex game.

Whether or not anything is art is mostly a pointless argument, but here it is irrelevant because "MirrorMoon" is very much a game.
I am not hating on MMEP it is by far one of my favorite games and i was trying to back you up but also to point out some people are right
The Barbaric Badger Jan 1 @ 11:52am 
Originally posted by Rob:
Originally posted by The Cat in the Box:
thing is it is not an interactice game those sir are point and click games like myst WHICH IS AN AMAZING GAME FOR YOUR INFROMATION

It isn't an interactive game? What, you mean, you start it and just watch? No wonder you're having no fun!
i am not hating just pointing out that some people are right and im just trying to agree with you and i meant it is not an interactive art game. stupid typos sorry
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The Barbaric Badger Jan 1 @ 11:54am 
sorry for stupid typos beforehand i was frustrated and very tired when i posted those and i have fixed them
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Fire Walk With Me Jan 1 @ 4:34pm 
We could all walk through any gallery in the world and half the people would say this or that was art and the other half would say its not or "i could do that". It is so ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ed boring.
The Barbaric Badger Jan 1 @ 9:10pm 
how about we give up and keep our opinions to ourselves oh wait....this is the internet
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