EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE OK
A downloadable zine for Windows and macOS
"Everything is going to be OK" is a desktop labyrinth of vignettes, poetry, strange fever dream games, and broken digital spaces. It is a collection of life experiences that are largely a commentary on struggle, survival, and coping with the aftermath of surviving bad things.
On the surface it comes off as dark comedy, and humor is a prevalent theme, but as you interact the themes start to unravel and facilitate, what I hope to be, a deeper discussion about these topics.
I call it an interactive zine because it's broken, painful, beautifully terrible, and profound on a very personal level. Nothing about this is fiction, although the themes are abstract enough so that anyone can approach it and find it relatable.
It is a very personal "game", and I view it as something other than a game. Through-ought development I had been struggling with the "game" label, and toxicity that calling something like this "game" brings in, which I documented extensively here (or on my blog). There is also a good interview here about these issues... As a result, I feel like calling work like this a game might do it more harm than good.
"Everything is going to be OK" is something to experience without game expectations. Its spaces, pages, and environments, are built to be explored.
It most certainly doesn't exist for the sole purpose of entertainment, and if you are looking for something small, lighthearted and fun, this might not be it. It is a very different type of experience.
You can read the full Artist's Statement here.
"Everything is going to be OK" has appeared in a number of festivals, and publications... such as Indiegames.com, PC Gamer, Wired, Mashable... and winning IndieCade's Interaction Award, and AMAZE's Digital Moments... For more or less current information on that stuff visit the website here.
(Special thanks to Mixtvision for all their help)
|Published||Jan 31, 2017|
|Tags||alienmelon, Altgame, artgame, art-game, everything, Experimental, nathalie-lawhead, Surreal, tetrageddon, zine|
|Mentions||itch.io Recommends: E3 Apology games for..., Our favorite free games of 2017, Everything is Going to be OK: A conversa..., itch.io year in review 2017|
Click download now to get access to the following files:
- Missing Pages added to "Everything is going to be OK" (personal writing & fever...51 days ago
- After GDC and "keeping it up" (how people view/treat work made by women and what...91 days ago
- Development update for "Everything is going to be OK"Jan 19, 2018
- "Everything is going to be OK" development update: personal essays about hope, n...Dec 07, 2017
- observations about my "Day of the Devs" article & thoughts after harassment over...Nov 25, 2017
- being brave, framing trauma, personal experiences in games, and announcing the n...Nov 21, 2017
- my post "Day of the Devs" observations about how people view/treat art games and...Nov 14, 2017
- "Everything is going to be OK" officially released! (final thoughts)Oct 18, 2017
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man, this was quite an experience
after seeing your stuff in rockpapershotgun i have been meaning to try it
though i had already tried FROGGY and let me tell you that was quite an experience
though i did end uo conquering armaggeddon highway, hehe
also i think this kinda helped me find a whole new aesttethic i want to try when i get a new drawing tablet, as someone who draws, this is very important
also naminig the pink friend Floyd gave me quite a chuckle, hehe
ok, jokes aside, thanks for this
i used to think being pragmatic about grieving and feeling overall bad was good (in the "no time to feel bad, let's try to just feel good instead or fake it or something" way of thinking) and you kinda made me change my mind
i hope i can help people from now on with this new way of seeing things
keep it up
h o l y m a c a r o n i !!!!!!
Hi, this was a really good zine, i love it
I reviewed 2 games in this video. The second one is "Everything Is Going to Be Ok". At this particular point in my life, this game was just a little too heavy to digest. However, this is one of the most creative games that I have ever had the opportunity of playing. I loved every aspect of this game (Including all the easter eggs I found)! I hope that you continue to create games like this one. You are truly talented!
PSA: This game literally broke my video capture!
My bad. I understand your issue with titles and never meant to offend anyone by slapping a label on your creativity. Please continue to create content!
do you want your spoonky game to get attention? just throw it into a blender and piss on it! it will be so original and edgy that it's corrupted!
wHaT a nice zine w0uld pl@y aga!n
This update was so good :) Also I love the theme you've created here.
i love this game so much!!! it has totally my type of aesthetic and i can relate to a lot of the things in this game. the art style is also adorable!! this game is def one of my faves now
oh no i just read the description and im very sorry for calling this a game!! i really meant to say zine!
aah ☺️ thank you! so happy you like it! ❤️
Thank you for making this. We need more art that vocalises pain.
first of, this itch site looks awesome :D
hey can i know how you customized your itch.io page like that?
Part of me thinks the author used a lot of CSS animations? I know you can specify a pattern of points and their durations. I'm not sure how complicated it is to compose though!
you have to email them and ask them to enable custom css... then it's all just a bunch of css animations or however you customize the page. i haven't checked if they have an official place that tells you about all the different page elements/classes but you can just use the dev toolbar to go through the page and find the names to all the id's and classes (it's super basic, just plain simple css, nothing fancy). the fire is actually the header set to the bottom of the page with the index changed... just stuff like that. also lol i found out that you can keep uploading images through the background image upload, and save the url to those images, and then use those images in the css (don't have to keep them as a background, just use that part as a way of uploading more images to use in your css)... at least that seems to work.
good shit! i reccomend playing this on acid
This game is so disturbing, I think I was brainwashed.
This is the single most fucked up game I ever played. I tuinkn I'm in love.
I quit out, around "level" 10; did I lose any progress, or is there no need to redo what I've done so far?
Hello guys i'm an italian youtuber and this is my video about this game, i love it! good job :3
its the dark souls of depression
Have you guys considered releasing a full sound track? :0
i really love the style <3
thank you!! :D
the files for the music are included in the MISC > OST > DIY folder when you download the game. There are extras in the MISC folder and audio is one of them...
tho most all of the audio is procedurally assembled so that's why it's in a DIY folder, unless there are better ways of releasing soundtracks that are procedural.
I mean... some of these are... I mean... they must come from a lot of pain, and the part that worries me the most is that they paint friendship in a very negative light...
To be honest, in a way the make me feel like I am a terrible friend for offering moral support... but I don't know what else to do, and some times, there is nothing that can be done. I really want to help them, but I can't.
Like I said, I really like that this game makes me ask myself this questions, it is really on point. But being such a personal game I kind of have to ask, Are you OK? Please don’t dismiss friendship, it can help, even if you don't realize it at first, it really helps.
I hope I'm not being to weird.
Ok, I've just realized that I sound like the blue text in Page 2... I'm sorry I just don't know how to react.
I think this have not been asked before, sorry if so. Any plans on releasing a linux version?
Enough people have asked that I am going to put it under serious consideration. I can't promise anything tho because I know 0 about linux and only have a general idea of what that would entail. Thank you for asking!
I love that there are so many linux people out there that it would get asked this often. :)
Do you think you could work on making a mobile version? Because I really want to play this game for myself, but I don't own a computer. (Technically I do, but it's been broken for a while and is unusable.)
mobile version has come up a lot, and while making it i did design around mobile (on the basic level) so it would be easy to port. it would not be very hard for me to do, but i know that the guidelines for the mobile stores would very likely not allow this "game".
it's breaking too many of their rules. especially the use of old computer UI's.
i would have to aesthetically change too much, so i'm very skeptical if this would even be allowed on.
i would love to tho, but i have not had much luck with putting my stuff on the App Store (or Google Play).
i got a problem with downloading this. i tried from the itch.io website and app both< several times< have no idea what the promblem is? idk but i would love to play it< looks great
it worked on my seventh try :) this zine resonated with me alot. tooo much for comfort. but it was fun. ill be sure to replay this again.
gonna cry myself to sleep tho
but honestly thank you. this is great. i gotta go and print out the lil poatato guy tommorow
i downloaded this not knowing what to expect at all! it was a little unsettling at first, but i quickly fell in love and it made me feel so emotional remembering some bad things that had happened in the past, but i got a lot out of this and want to recommend it to so many people!! it definitely isn't for everyone, but it definitely surprised me with how fun it is to read through everything and still feel warm <3 i'll donate someday soon!
THIS IS SO GOOD. I feel like I have found a kindred spirit. I will re-evaluate my donation price :)
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