THIS IS SO GOOD. I feel like I have found a kindred spirit. I will re-evaluate my donation price :)
A downloadable zine for Windows and macOS
It is a collection of life experiences, commentary on struggle, and oddly enough my own version of a power-fantasy. I have come to think that we have a backward idea of power, and perception of strength. We always have, and I think this is a byproduct of a historically patriarchal system. From religion, to politics, to economics, power is viewed as how many people you can subjugate. Respect is how many people fear you because of your power. How you can get what you want at the expense of others, how you are the biggest dog in the dog-eat-dog world that we have created for ourselves...
Our popular entertainment has always drawn from this point of view. It's simply fact. You use your power to hurt your enemies and eliminate them.
We don't really have a concept, in our culture, or discussion about alternative views of power from a survivor's standpoint. How is it like for survivors? Are people that live with trauma strong? Are people with mental disorders, or PTSD strong? Why is suicide seen as selfish and weak, when the person that lived with it got as far as they did? We don't popularly view survivors, victims, traumas, etc, as strength. It is a weakness, and I don't like that. I think this is because we have created a culture where we cannot really ever move past pain. We don't teach people how to heal, to overcome, or be powerful. We teach people to be perpetual survivors. We live with pain, but no way of transcending it. I think a lot of this can be credited to how we view "strength". I don't think the icon, epitome, of strength should be how many people you can hurt, conquer, overcome, but how much of this abuse you can overcome. How long you can live with what happened to you. How strong you are for being here. How powerful you are for being strong because you have no other option but to be strong.
Surviving is one thing, but living with it is an entirely different fight, and I think this is where examples of real strength are.
If approached from this point of view then it is an obvious conclusion that you should be celebrated simply for being here.
You are normal for your imperfections, and the way you cope. You are the hero in the story of your life, and you have every right to be proud.
These are a collection of very abstract life experiences, things I felt while going through hard times, and how I felt, or moved on, afterward.
A lot of it is presented via humor, or creates ridiculous circumstances, because I feel like life is ridiculous. It's one damn thing after the other and after a while there's nothing left to do but laugh at it. Humor is what helps take the edge off, perhaps even create a platform for transcendence. Either way, it has been cathartic.
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You should make books and t-shirts!
u did it, noice. 1/0
I'm usually not a massive fan of these avant-garde types of games that aren't very direct on their messages but something possessed me to give this game a try. Suffice to say, I was really impressed at how good the metaphors for depression and anxiety were. A lot of it rang true with myself and it made me kinda emotional in a weird way. I didn't expect to relate to a game that looks like it's gonna get me arrested but I thought it was a great experience. Also, loved the Let's Player/Streamer section; really great satire.
I'll be honest here. The "game" is garbage. Unless you have some sort of mental disorder, it's just.... ugh. This is a good example of a low standard game even amongst indie games.
who is nathalie lawhead? how did she create minibyte? or how did you create him. he is very smart for an artificial intlligence, if you conected him to the internet he would be dominating the world maybe lol
this is literally the greatest
I love this so much. <3
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Is the final version going to be free? And are we allowed to make fanart?
I loved playing this a lot! My favorite pages are 9, 17, the one you got to help the bunny(?) live as long as possible, the lava-survival one and the mirror one (it's 20-something)!
I doubt dev is going to see this, but this game cheered me up a lot (which is a rare thing today because of depression and all that stuff) and I found it so surreal and relatable! Even if the final version ends up not being free, I'll sing on the streets to ask for money lol.
thank you for the kind words! I'm really happy you liked it.
Yes, you are allowed to make fan art.
I don't know about the pricing but I'll send you a key if it's not free (if I forget feel free to remind me/ask).
I have no idea how to interpret this.
Thanks for the acid trip though.
nice game :)
This game was amazing
Best Thing at AMAZE.
IT GETS WEIRDER!
I love what you're doing with this zine, keep it up!
AMAZING! <3 Love the game
I was actually speechless while witnessing this stuff.
Fantastic! I love the generation of original content. Just great.
I love this.
well done, i really like your interactive zine. it's quite artsy and retro. :)