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Prisoner's Cinema
Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux
Languages: English, Russian
Players: Single-player
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Article about Prisoner's Cinema on Nivel Oculto
Prisoner’s Cinema is a narrative-driven, expressive game being developed by a student team of four at Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center. It is a 20-minute, non-linear experience focused on moral choice which is compounded by the protagonist’s insomnia, and is meant to be the “pilot” of a longer, episodic “season” of content.

The game conveys the subjective sensation of living a life subdued by sleeplessness, and we aim to evoke from players an empathetic response. We want players unfamiliar with feelings of alienation to gain an understanding of how an affliction like insomnia can impact the sufferer physically, mentally, and emotionally, and we want players who have experienced or are experiencing the existential, societal ramifications of sickness to understand that they are not alone.

Our project is influenced by modern, socially conscious games like Gone Home, Papers, Please, and That Dragon, Cancer, as well as other surreal and iconoclastic media sources, such as the films of David Lynch and the writings of Jean-Paul Sartre.
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Shafylus Dec 15 @ 9:36pm 
Looks good, voted!
onegin13  [author] Oct 5 @ 10:12am 
@crocodile102, thank you very much! Prisoner's Cinema was a student project at Carnegie Mellon University made by 4 developers team in ~12 weeks, and we didn't get any funding - that's why the length of the experience is so short. We'll see what happens if we are Greenlit though, who knows =)
@everybody_who_voted/left_feedback_for_us, thank you so much for your support, that truly means a lot.
crocodile102 Oct 2 @ 10:25am 
love it! if this one is succesful will you make a longer one? this sounds like a great concept but 20 mins is so little.
are you using personal experience? \
what is your funding?
FDREADX Aug 29 @ 1:52pm 
go go steam GO
Princess Dajve <3 Aug 27 @ 9:29pm 
Looks very interesting!
j.w.yergan Aug 10 @ 6:53pm 
The swamp monsters look like rubber chickens. I feel they should be more menacing.
JockstrapMcX2C Aug 8 @ 10:29pm 
Dunno, this looks like it might become a let down. I hope you guys cand do this right.
Car Cat Aug 2 @ 11:29pm 
This sounds interesting!
Not AnonymousGehrig Jul 31 @ 6:17pm 
voted yes
master-of-orion Jul 30 @ 2:45pm 
Nice. I always look for unique games and this one seems pretty unique.