the basil headspace experience
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)
|Tags||alienmelon, Altgame, art-game, artgame, everything, Experimental, nathalie-lawhead, Surreal, tetrageddon, zine|
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Click download now to get access to the following files:
- Missing Pages added to "Everything is going to be OK" (personal writing & fever...May 04, 2018
- After GDC and "keeping it up" (how people view/treat work made by women and what...Mar 25, 2018
- 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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This was surprisingly overwhelming in a good way. Thanks for making it.
WOW, a wonderful game
"Click to Interface"
this home page is a mess i feckin love i
This is Very Interesting, I played this and I think I found all the secret bones
WHAT IS THIS
your have open ok
WOAH. im only like 12 but a lot of this is so creepily relatable. idontthinkthisissupposedtobenormal. But i tell myself every day. "My struggles are what evreyone deals with" And it doesnt really do anything. The amount of stuff i think is wrong with me is crazy, but i dont say anything bc i know pepole dont want to hear it. so i act like a normal person. No one suspects anything, and it really is rotting me on the inside. I hope its not just me. ( oof ive never said anything this deep before asdfghjkl sorry)
Hello! I just wanted to pop in and say this game has been my favorite game for about 5 years now. I played it when it first came out and it was the only thing that comforted me when I was struggling with schizoaffective and other disorders. I just saw you added my game to a collection and I've been over the moon that my favorite creator, one that got me through extremely trauma ridden times, saw my game and liked it. I chose to comment here as this is where it all started. I just wanted to say thank you for getting me through some of the hardest times in my life with this art piece. I cannot believe that my all time favorite creator found my game. You inspired me so heavily when I was learning to make games. So once again, thank you. Thank you for everything. <3
So, I first played this game like years ago, I can't give and exact date but I was definitely quite young, like 12 or 13 or something (I'm 17, almost 18 now). and as I leave my childhood, I look back and I cannot tell you how much this game changed my life. I'm not going to dump my personal life but I had been dealing with traumatic things for years, and I never had that kind of movie-like sadness and melancholy, rather jumbled loud thoughts and feelings I could only describe through abstract ideas I couldn't say out loud. and wow this game hit the nail on the god damn head. I had felt so much, different, it felt like exploring my own head and really saved little child me. This game has influenced my own art butt-tons as well. What I'm getting at, is that this game is so fucking amazing and beautiful and a perfect depiction of a feeling I could never ever describe on my own. I really think if I hadn't have found this game I probably would've still looked in my mentally ill brain and thought I was just an otherworldy unfixable weirdo, and this game is so beautiful and I hope you keep pursuing art like this forever.
woah what kind of game is thi?. i never seen anything like it before. the creator must be very brave. putting this much effort on something that havent existed yet.
Viciously personal and viciously relatbale
i thought id finally write a review for this game. this may single handedly be my favourite game probably ever? this game has been an art inspiration for me for years now. i never knew when i played this originally that id get a story about mental health and your personal struggles and inner monologues, paired with stunning visuals along. and alongside this, theres hilarious melancholy, bitter sweet characters and games that give the player a bombardment of emotions. the way its all presented is insane - the voices, the audio, the visuals - it feels like a sensory overload. but like, a super cool one. its such a fucking beautiful game, i sometimes open it up just to chill on some of the screens with the music, or read some of the various poems/diary entries whenever i need a familiar place to immerse myself in. so much of this game has influenced my art, its hard to put into words how much this game has helped me. nathalie lawhead, sorry it took 6 years to get this message out lol. please please PLEASE continue to make beautiful works of art such as this, absolutely all of your work is stunning.
thank you!!! 😭 omg i cannot express how much this means to hear, especially rn the timing is a blessing. hearing things like this encourages me to keep going. making this type of art is what i love doing the most out of life and all i want to do. i hope for the new thing i am working on to hold up and be as meaningful as this.
it was hard to work on it. making art that is “different” is scary, but knowing people like you exist out there that love it like this makes it absolutely worth it. thank you!! 😭🙏🥰
I played this around 2019/2020, and since then, it's been one of my favourite things ever. I wont ever get tired of telling everyone that this is truly art.
This "game" really gave me a lot of feelings and it's amazing. Thanks for making this!
Thank you very much for what felt like a very personal and deeply moving experience. It was emblematic, as it seems to me, to the voice though which the realty of the modern world can be expressed, indeed - should be expressed. Especially so for people who are not privileged and/or non-normative. It is painful to me that the community of people who enjoy video games to which I belong is so toxic and continues to be so harmful to beautiful artistic voices such as yourself. A sad, sad state of affairs that we are in that those things can happen.
i love this game very much thank you for making it
Havent played it yes BuT ThIs Game Is SuPrIzeInLy PlayAbel
this captures my brain PERFETCTLZY andi love it thank you This is my LIfe eveyrhting is amazing
Its not a virus, it looks like one, but if you download this, EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE OK.
In case you can't read this: "If you can get past the seizure-inducing visuals, this is a worthwhile play."
all the comments are burningaahhh
I love this dearly. Came back to it recently following some personal events, felt I needed it again. I did.
When everything is going to be ok 2
so cool and has a lot of heavy shit
i love this game sm,, wish it had some sort of conclusion tho
this is absolutely the best thing i've ever played through
why is there fire in bottom in the srceeen
beautiful in its own way c:
People need to check this out.
Wow that was sure something. Oh damn I just spent 2 hours on this. Very cool experience though. Woud recommend.
this looks like a fucking fever dream jesus christ