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Platforms: PC, Mac
Languages: English
Players: Single-player
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Her Story is released!
Her Story has a release date!
Release date: Early 2015
What is it?
The new game from Silent Hill: Shattered Memories writer and designer Sam Barlow. A crime fiction game with non-linear storytelling, Her Story revolves around a police database full of live action video footage. It stars Viva Seifert, actress and one half of the band Joe Gideon and the Shark.

Read the devlog and pre-order at the game's website:

So how does it work?
Her Story grants players access to a police database of archived video footage that covers seven interviews from 1994 in which a British woman is interviewed by detectives about her missing husband. Players take on the role of the person sat before a police computer terminal, their own computer playing the part of the fictional one. They type search queries and the database returns clips of the answers where the woman speaks those words.

Sam Barlow says, “If you can Google, you can play Her Story. The mechanic of searching for clips in the database is so simple that anyone can pick up and play. But it’s a mechanic that quickly reveals its richness and complexity. At times it can feel like you’re engaged in a genuine dialogue with this woman and her story. It’s a unique way to interact with a narrative, a sculptural way of viewing a story -- and something that can only be done interactively.”

Referring to the use of live action video in the game, a novelty in modern videogames, Barlow says “The aesthetic is True Detective via Blair Witch. I’m interested in showing that accessible technologies such as video offer a powerful way for indie games to showcase a performance. I am also putting the spotlight on the modern phenomena of the Youtube Jury, in which police forces distribute the footage of intimate suspect interviews for armchair detectives to dissect. You see it in cases such as those of Jodi Arias and Amanda Knox -- cases where the suspects’ stories themselves get lost amongst the torrent of clichés and prejudices that the videos elicit.”

Her Story shares many touchstones with Barlow’s earlier games. Its non-linear delivery is reminiscent of the fragmented narrative of his cult text game Aisle, which also featured a simple text interface that led to hidden depths. The VHS aesthetic is familiar from the award winning Silent Hill: Shattered Memories -- and the use of the police interview setting in Her Story recalls the psychiatric interviews from that game.
Popular Discussions View All (4)
Jan 30, 2015 @ 8:06pm
what kind of game is it? is this crime case or love story?
Jun 4, 2015 @ 3:33pm
Feb 2, 2015 @ 2:09am
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SAUNA Jun 24, 2015 @ 11:37am 
f-m-v F-M-V F - M - V !!! :bolt:
Hotbox818 Jun 24, 2015 @ 11:09am 
this is shit and not even a game
lirien Apr 28, 2015 @ 2:47pm 
What a unique idea for a game! Very excited to try this one.
Ebolamorph (xaneks) Apr 15, 2015 @ 8:15pm 
Is there an option that makes here 100% guilty or the option to show the cops that she is 100% trying to get an ionnoicent person locked up because she was ashamed of sleeping with them?
Telephus Apr 11, 2015 @ 4:55pm 
What is it with this trend of making games entirely based on "videos" and just doing simple things with them. It can be done right, and be fun, don't get me wrong, but making a simple one like this, and then trying to push it with a story that's trying to grab two large demographics (that being, cop haters, I.E CopBlock likers, and Femenist, I.E. ... Tumblr, to name one place) and THEN EVEN MENTIONING YOUTUBE, AS IF YOU'RE GOING TO GET SOME HOT SHOTS TO DO VIDEOS OF IT LIKE YOU'RE THE NEXT DAVID CAGE... I wish all the best for you, and I hope that this game proves me wrong, but I just can't FATHOM why people are so into this. If you want just a story, go read a book, watch a TV show, watch youtube, watch a movie, LIVE A LIFE! Litteratly anything but video games. Please.
katana4zuzu Mar 14, 2015 @ 4:43am 
OK. it's weird. But that's a plus in my book. Will be iving this game a good tryout.
Rocket Bronson Mar 7, 2015 @ 9:11pm 
Hmmm, I wanna figure this out. It looks interesting.
OldBoy Z Feb 28, 2015 @ 6:28am 
This is not a video game. This is a game video.

Seriously though, this is shit. Another woman sob story.
flo-12 Feb 14, 2015 @ 12:21pm 
I need at least french subtitles.
Its not a woman Feb 10, 2015 @ 3:25pm 
She is hot!!!