Night in the Woods

Night in the Woods

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Fans, how old are you and what did you like about the game?
I'm 29 years old, and in my own mind, I found myself thinking, "I don't think anyone under 20 or so will be able to embrace the themes this game is expressing." I graduated college, didn't drop out. But I did return home with no idea of what to do next. Plus, I graduated in a major that had NOTHING to do with what I was destined for. I've had a massive fall out with people I grew up with and assumed were true friends. I'd questioned my place in all of this.

But I want to know about the younger audience here, I know there's younger fans and older. But I kinda want to know what you liked about it? What did those of you that haven't gotten to the college years like about this?

What about the characters of Possum Springs affected those of the younger than intended (I assume) audience?
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StealArty Mar 11, 2017 @ 9:56am 
I'm 21, droped out of the university once, now I'm in another uni.

I love Gregg, can relate to alot of stuff about him and about Mae.

I like everything. Characters, dialogs, town, problems, story. It's just a great experience.
gil.ellinor Mar 11, 2017 @ 10:00am 
I'm 22. I'm at university now (in a country where it's free except cost of living, for which I get reasonable student loans). I'm studying what I've always wanted to study and even though it's hard I at least have enough motivation.
I relate very much to what Mae said about her year at college but for me the last two years of school was the time when I couldn't really socialize because I was so depressed and anxious.
I met up with my old classmates last Christmas and it was weird knowing that I could have gotten to know them so much better if I hadn't felt so aweful. I also spent one year after graduation at home and not doing anything besides therapy, and my parents where not as understanding as Mae's.
Right now I'm making sure that I hang out with people in my classes and I try to make friends.
Bea is my favorite character (unfortunately haven't hung out with Germ yet). I really respect her for choosing the hard choice. I'm more of a Mae-type who would just quit and leave.
I love that Mae is bisexual (or whatever label she'd use). I was not expecting that. I knew from trailers and the two small games before that Gregg and Angus are a couple. It's nice to be surprised by a character being bi, that doesn't happen that often.
pixeltechnician Mar 11, 2017 @ 10:14am 
Originally posted by mickan:
I'm 22. I'm at university now (in a country where it's free except cost of living, for which I get reasonable student loans). I'm studying what I've always wanted to study and even though it's hard I at least have enough motivation.
I relate very much to what Mae said about her year at college but for me the last two years of school was the time when I couldn't really socialize because I was so depressed and anxious.
I met up with my old classmates last Christmas and it was weird knowing that I could have gotten to know them so much better if I hadn't felt so aweful. I also spent one year after graduation at home and not doing anything besides therapy, and my parents where not as understanding as Mae's.
Right now I'm making sure that I hang out with people in my classes and I try to make friends.
Bea is my favorite character (unfortunately haven't hung out with Germ yet). I really respect her for choosing the hard choice. I'm more of a Mae-type who would just quit and leave.
I love that Mae is bisexual (or whatever label she'd use). I was not expecting that. I knew from trailers and the two small games before that Gregg and Angus are a couple. It's nice to be surprised by a character being bi, that doesn't happen that often.
Totally agree about Mae's sudden sexuality reveal and it was subtle as well.

Bea is someone whom I relate with because my dad suddenly died when I was 17. I know how the loss of a parent affects everything although I didn't have to inherit the burden of a family business. :(
ADarkRaccoon Mar 11, 2017 @ 10:30am 
I'm 20, the animation was great :D
x-calibar Mar 11, 2017 @ 12:53pm 
Started at a 2 year college with straight A's, but then I went to a huge university with countless people. Classes were all auditorium size. A literal sea of people coming and going. Should be a great experience right?

But I didn't make friends. And there was no Bea, Angus or Gregg waiting back at home anymore either. Everyone went on with their lives pretttty fast.

Even though I did fine on exams, I got to the point where I just didn't want to deal with it anymore and so I just stopped doing the homework. Nobody cared when I wasn't there so, impossible to pass without homework and dropped out within 3 semesters lol.

If I could have just focused on learning I'd have been fine, but sadly I suppose I created my own personal hell. And no supernatural excuse in sight. Well, I did eventually go back to a smaller place and finished up the 4 year degree with all A's (1 B, sue me); if that even meant anything in the end.

What did I like about the game? Besides the artistic wonder, and enjoyable storytelling...
I do love listening to everyone's story, and really feeling for them. It's just a fun distraction with a lot of real themes to think about. And I do love a good mystery.
shoemouth Mar 11, 2017 @ 6:33pm 
I'm 21 at university and I'm finally reaching that point where I have to start deciding what I'm going to do with my life and having no idea of what that might be. I barely go back home, but when I do I always feel out of place - like time kept moving while I was gone, and the scariest thing is that it did. Friends I once had are now working jobs, my parents are always pressuring me about thinking about the future, and I spend so many nights struggling to find purpose in a universe that for all intents and purposes doesn't care about me or anything I ever do with my life.

That's why I needed a game like "Night in the Woods."

My favorite part is definitely the story and writing because I love how human it is and I was really surprised with how close to home it hit me. I would definitely call it one of my favorite game experiences. For sure.
PixlSheep Mar 11, 2017 @ 7:14pm 
27. Game hits closer to home than I'd ever like to admit.
Also I love this basic shapes, almost Charley Harper aesthetic that I clung to in my final years of college. It's charming, never really jarring, but abstract enough to always be interesting to look at.
TemmieNeko Mar 11, 2017 @ 7:17pm 
31, my friend showed me this game before it came out,and i was sure I was gonna hate it ( wasnt a fan of life is strange,the game i most relate this too)
ended up falling in love with the humor, then falling in love with the characters, then falling in love with the story, the setting, and then i cried a bit, got angry, back to loving it, just so many emotions.
cant even write them all out.
oh school?
um
none, ^^
no school, no college, no nada/
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GalaxiaShadow Mar 11, 2017 @ 7:55pm 
22, played it with a friend irl, it's enjoyable, tho I'm scared that it might be the next indie game to be ruined by fanfictions like FNAF and Undertale.
pixeltechnician Mar 11, 2017 @ 7:58pm 
Originally posted by GalaxiaShadow:
22, played it with a friend irl, it's enjoyable, tho I'm scared that it might be the next indie game to be ruined by fanfictions like FNAF and Undertale.
How does the actions of other fans ever ruin a game? I can never understand that. FNAF is going on to get a movie, and from what I can tell Undertale is still Undertale.
Higuera Mar 11, 2017 @ 9:08pm 
I swear i'm the only one here younger than Mae...
Canama Mar 12, 2017 @ 12:28am 
20 and Mae is Literally Me™. I dropped out of university and am now hanging out with high school friends in a vain effort to reclaim my teenage years.

Well, that's an exaggeration. I'm not from a similar background at all. I'm from a fairly well-off suburb, and my parents and their parents all went to college (though my maternal grandmother never finished a degree), unlike Mae's more lower-class upbringing and being the first Borowski to go to college and all. Her family and her surroundings are very blue-collar; mine aren't.

But a lot of the psychological issues that Mae talks about are very similar to things that I've experienced. When I was at school, I only left my dorm either to go to class or to go to the store and stock up on more containers of instant soup. I regularly went weeks at a time without speaking a single word to another human being (I didn't have a roommate). The whole sense of getting detached from the world, of losing all context for everything around you... the writers, through Mae, gave words to sensations that I had been unable to describe.

Now, I didn't externalize that like Mae. I've never actually released all that emotion in the same way she did when she attacked that kid, and in the times when I've come close to doing so it was to be directed at myself (i.e. suicide).
Pietoro Mar 12, 2017 @ 1:06am 
How does the actions of other fans ever ruin a game? I can never understand that. FNAF is going on to get a movie, and from what I can tell Undertale is still Undertale.

The existence of bad fanworks instantly kills whatever it's based on, don'tcha know?

....By that logic, literally every piece of media ever created has been 'ruined' at this point. =P
Last edited by Pietoro; Mar 12, 2017 @ 1:06am
Ugh this gonna be a long and edgy one, so brace yourselves.

29 here (30 in a few weeks) and I gotta say, this game hit me like a ton of bricks.
A lot of rambling about my life hereMaybe Im emotionally unstable cause a lot of stuff you'd normally shrug off makes me cry (like Undertale pacifist ending or part of Wreck-It Ralph finale [if you saw it, you know which part]), but NITW is a whole new level of 'You want crippling depression? Cause thats how you get crippling depression'. Or even worse, cause you don't get the warning. But back on topic.
I went to collage, after few bumps managed to get a major in electronics, now trying to work on a phd, mostly cause I dont know what to do with myself, but I dont see that really working out (studying is free where I live, unless you pick private university or want to do second speciality or evening/weekend studies). And yet university is a mess, especially when you start learning all the ins and outs, all the little backstage machinations and personal conflicts. The bumps I had when working on my degree got me really depressed - at school I was mostly doing fine, exept those few subjects that never interested me (like geography or history, but I blame the teachers for being bad at their jobs), even won a math and physics competition once. Even got the grade record book handed to by the dean, thats how good my entry score was. But when I started studying everything changed - the amount of work and knowledge required at the very first semester is nowhere near that in high school. I started lagging, failed two subjects, had to write a special exam just not to get kicked out, had to re-do one of failed subjects, that added to even more work and another failed subject, and so it started piling up. When it came to picking a supervisor for my first big project (I guess english name for it would be bachelor's) I picked really badly and ended up with a person that when asked for help would tell me to go google that stuff. At that point I felt I was absolutely out of control over anything thats happening to me and started cutting myself. Questioning my sexuality didnt help either. I was pretending everything was fine, but couldn't even force myself to actually change the supervisor, and so Ive wasted another semester. Finally ended up telling my family what the situation was, and they convinced me to get a grip, try and change the supervisor and keep working on my project. I finally managed to finish it, despite more problems along the way, mostly too much video games and procrastination. By the time I was through with bachelor almost all the people I started the studies with either finished the studies or gave up. And then, one day, vision in my left eye went from perfect to horrid. Some weird retinal disease doctors can't really classify, but Im dealing with it for fifth year now, praying... no, not praying, hoping it doesnt get worse or happens in the other eye. And so Ive wasted another year trying to get help. It stabilised at some point, but then relapsed, made me took another break with surgery included. Finally somehow managed to get my major done and stayed for phd, at least for now. But after a year of 'studies' I cant see much progress, nor much hope for it - the subject I got is ehhh at best, and all the interesting ones are ran by the person that I already once escaped from. And so Im here, almost 30 years old, with no real expirience in my job area, half-blind in one eye and depressed. I've always been a loner, either by overprotective family, or by bad expiriences at school (in pretty much every single one there was one bully that decided to make my life as miserable as possible - Ive been to two primary schools (first closed), three gymnasiums (three year school between 6-year primary and 3-year high school), and just one high school. By the time I started high school I didnt really like people much and didnt really try to socialize either, tried to hang out only with those that shared my interests, Ive hoped university would be better, with people being more intelligent and focused on what theyre doing, instead of just doing the chore. But it turned out there wasnt much time for that, or I was already messed up and didnt really want to hang out with them. Started playing online games, talking mostly to people on-line as its safer and even if you mess up you can always unfriend or outright block them. Ugh, enough rambling.

I probably shouldn't complain that much, as I come from a family that never suffered serious financial issues, despite me being the third or so generation to get high education and my parents divorcing, and I live in a big city with a lot of job opportunities. And yet NITW made me realize how sad and lonely I am, and how much I've missed - Mae coming back realized everything changed, but still had those good (and bad) memories to come back to, and ofc her friends, as damaged and flawed as they are, where all I have is time wasted on stupid and pointless video games. She can also 'hold on to anything', somehow pushing forward despite all the difficulties, enjoying the little things like breaking lightbulbs, playing in a band or eating pizza with her friends. And then theres me, feeling hollow and pointless, unable to find joy in almost anything now. Can't even force myself to practice playing guitar now, despite music being probably one of the only things that ever brought me joy.
Geez, maybe I just need prozac. I kinda regret buying this game after all. Im thinking nothing but sad stuff for about a week now, ever since Ive played it. Ive lost apetite and any drive to do anything. Mornings are the worst, when I wake up and the huge black void of nothingness and pointlessness starts all over again.
Why does it hit so hard? Probably because it reminds you of your childhood, the better times where your biggest problem was your parents not letting you watch grown-up movies or having to clean up the mess you made after playing with your friends, perhaps skinned knee when you fell off your bike. You didn't have to worry about money, getting and holding a job and finding somebody that would be able to tolerate you perhaps for the rest of your life...
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pixeltechnician Mar 12, 2017 @ 7:26am 
Originally posted by Dead half of Schrödinger's cat:
Ugh this gonna be a long and edgy one, so brace yourselves.

29 here (30 in a few weeks) and I gotta say, this game hit me like a ton of bricks.
A lot of rambling about my life hereMaybe Im emotionally unstable cause a lot of stuff you'd normally shrug off makes me cry (like Undertale pacifist ending or part of Wreck-It Ralph finale [if you saw it, you know which part]), but NITW is a whole new level of 'You want crippling depression? Cause thats how you get crippling depression'. Or even worse, cause you don't get the warning. But back on topic.
I went to collage, after few bumps managed to get a major in electronics, now trying to work on a phd, mostly cause I dont know what to do with myself, but I dont see that really working out (studying is free where I live, unless you pick private university or want to do second speciality or evening/weekend studies). And yet university is a mess, especially when you start learning all the ins and outs, all the little backstage machinations and personal conflicts. The bumps I had when working on my degree got me really depressed - at school I was mostly doing fine, exept those few subjects that never interested me (like geography or history, but I blame the teachers for being bad at their jobs), even won a math and physics competition once. Even got the grade record book handed to by the dean, thats how good my entry score was. But when I started studying everything changed - the amount of work and knowledge required at the very first semester is nowhere near that in high school. I started lagging, failed two subjects, had to write a special exam just not to get kicked out, had to re-do one of failed subjects, that added to even more work and another failed subject, and so it started piling up. When it came to picking a supervisor for my first big project (I guess english name for it would be bachelor's) I picked really badly and ended up with a person that when asked for help would tell me to go google that stuff. At that point I felt I was absolutely out of control over anything thats happening to me and started cutting myself. I was pretending everything was fine, but couldn't even force myself to actually change the supervisor, and so Ive wasted another semester. Finally ended up telling my family what the situation was, and they convinced me to get a grip, try and change the supervisor and keep working on my project. I finally managed to finish it, despite more problems along the way, mostly too much video games and procrastination. By the time I was through with bachelor almost all the people I started the studies with either finished the studies or gave up. And then, one day, vision in my left eye went from perfect to horrid. Some weird retinal disease doctors can't really classify, but Im dealing with it for fifth year now, praying... no, not praying, hoping it doesnt get worse or happens in the other eye. And so Ive wasted another year trying to get help. It stabilised at some point, but then relapsed, made me took another break with surgery included. Finally somehow managed to get my major done and stayed for phd, at least for now. But after a year of 'studies' I cant see much progress, nor much hope for it - the subject I got is ehhh at best, and all the interesting ones are ran by the person that I already once escaped from. And so Im here, almost 30 years old, with no real expirience in my job area, half-blind in one eye and depressed. I've always been a loner, either by overprotective family, or by bad expiriences at school (in pretty much every single one there was one bully that decided to make my life as miserable as possible - Ive been to two primary schools (first closed), three gymnasiums (three year school between 6-year primary and 3-year high school), and just one high school. By the time I started high school I didnt really like people much and didnt really try to socialize either, tried to hang out only with those that shared my interests, Ive hoped university would be better, with people being more intelligent and focused on what theyre doing, instead of just doing the chore. But it turned out there wasnt much time for that, or I was already messed up and didnt really want to hang out with them. Started playing online games, talking mostly to people on-line as its safer and even if you mess up you can always unfriend or outright block them. Ugh, enough rambling.

I probably shouldn't complain that much, as I come from a family that never suffered serious financial issues, despite me being the third or so generation to get high education and my parents divorcing, and I live in a big city with a lot of job opportunities. And yet NITW made me realize how sad and lonely I am, and how much I've missed - Mae coming back realized everything changed, but still had those good (and bad) memories to come back to, and ofc her friends, as damaged and flawed as they are, where all I have is time wasted on stupid and pointless video games. She can also 'hold on to anything', somehow pushing forward despite all the difficulties, enjoying the little things like breaking lightbulbs, playing in a band or eating pizza with her friends. And then theres me, feeling hollow and pointless, unable to find joy in almost anything now. Can't even force myself to practice playing guitar now, despite music being probably one of the only things that ever brought me joy.
Geez, maybe I just need prozac. I kinda regret buying this game after all. Im thinking nothing but sad stuff for about a week now, ever since Ive played it.
Oh, the hurdles life can throw at us. Depression is a "frustrated miss" as Jimi Hendrix once mused.

Perhaps I can relate? You wonder if there's anything you can hold on to in this world, well.... Anything counts. Have any pets? (I've got 4 dogs and 2 cats) Have a hobby? (I like repairing a modifying random consumer electronics)
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