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VeTaL Apr 25, 2013 @ 2:33am
Screenshots are unclear
So, what's the genre of this game? Quest, adventure?
Looking like atmosphere is quite interesting, but i would like to see some gameplay screenshots.
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heckuva Apr 25, 2013 @ 2:46am 
So much indie
controlphreak Apr 25, 2013 @ 2:47am 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTD2PGiqbNo i still can't understand what is this about but at least its an actual gameplay video
Rimbo Apr 25, 2013 @ 3:00am 
Looks like an adventure game.
Watson Apr 25, 2013 @ 3:01am 
LOL this reminds me of the simpsons episode where the one nerd kid is in the arcade playing the game where all he does is listen to a story and go "tell me more!". I wish I knew what episode it was.....
Sanjar Khan Apr 25, 2013 @ 3:11am 
It's an interactive novel. That video tells you all you need to know. If you prefer pictures over words, buy this, it's a good book.
graphure Apr 25, 2013 @ 3:16am 
Originally posted by Watson:
LOL this reminds me of the simpsons episode where the one nerd kid is in the arcade playing the game where all he does is listen to a story and go "tell me more!". I wish I knew what episode it was.....

It's from 'Boy Scoutz In The Hood' - where Bart and Homer (and Ernest Borgnine) go on a river rafting trip.
Arrowhead Apr 25, 2013 @ 7:27am 
I smell another artsy fartsy game that isn't really a game.
Terminus Apr 25, 2013 @ 11:49am 
Not making a judgment on the quality of this or anything, but it's titles like this that make me wish Steam would have a category specifically for "interactive novels." There's nothing wrong with those, but to call interactive novels "games" is to stretch the definition of "game" to the point of uselessness. If something is primarily an "experience", I think it needs to be in a separate section, just to make things a little easier for consumers.

Again, not criticising the genre or this game or anything, I just think that it's not helpful to anyone to put Dear Esther in the same bin as Super Meat Boy, for instance.
donmilliken Apr 25, 2013 @ 12:26pm 
I disagree. If you buy something without knowing what it is you have no one to blame but yourself if it isn't what you were expecting and you end up not liking it.
VeTaL Apr 25, 2013 @ 12:28pm 
//If you buy something without knowing what it is you have no one to blame but yourself if it isn't what you were expecting and you end up not liking it.
+1

Gamers should get games, art-likers should get novels, then everybody would be happy.
donmilliken Apr 25, 2013 @ 12:33pm 
Originally posted by VeTaL:
//If you buy something without knowing what it is you have no one to blame but yourself if it isn't what you were expecting and you end up not liking it.
+1

Gamers should get games, art-likers should get novels, then everybody would be happy.

I'm not sure you've quite grasped my point. You don't have to be an "art-liker" to enjoy a novel, or even an interactive novel. My point is, the store page makes it clear that this is an interactive novel, the game's website makes it even more clear. The information is there. Anyone who buys the game without first informing themselves takes their chances and if they're displeased with what they've bought, I've little sympathy.
VeTaL Apr 25, 2013 @ 12:37pm 
I didnt separate them like "either you're gamer, or you're "art-liker"". Of course, there are guys, whose like both games and novels. But also, there are gamers, whose dislike novels - that's what i'm talking about.

So, i agree on the point: game should be well-describen, so every cathegory would be able to define, if they would like that game.
Brickinator Apr 25, 2013 @ 2:53pm 
How can you have never heard of The 39 Steps? That's like not knowing what Star Wars is.
Relax, you're doing fine Apr 25, 2013 @ 2:59pm 
It looks like it plays a little like Myst? I loved Myst but even from the gameplay video linked above I'm still not clear on what you actually -do-. If it's more like a Dear Esther type game, thet might be enjoyable too if the story is adapted well.
Terminus Apr 25, 2013 @ 4:00pm 
Originally posted by donmilliken:
I disagree. If you buy something without knowing what it is you have no one to blame but yourself if it isn't what you were expecting and you end up not liking it.

Well, what I'm saying is that it wasn't immediately clear to me that this was an interactive novel, and the Steam resources don't do much to clarify that. The language is a little (I think maybe deliberately) vague. It's described as like some sort of nexus between game, novel, and film, which is great (well, not really) marketing copy but not very helpful to a consumer. I did a little hunting and found out more, but it wouldn't be that tough for the store page to have some clearer indication.

To be clear, I'm not bashing the...game/i-novel/experience...or raging at Steam, I'm just saying that it might be helpful to put this in a category other than "adventure" or "casual". Hell, Steam has a "Software" section for non-games, would it be that big a deal to make a section for "interactive novels?"



Originally posted by Brickinator:
How can you have never heard of The 39 Steps? That's like not knowing what Star Wars is.

I've got a copy of the movie (the Hitchcock version) on DVD. IMHO, it's one of his best, made even better because, at the time, he was working in British cinema with relatively unknown actors on (compared to his later American films) shoestring budgets. That's what brought me here, in fact.
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