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, artgame, art-game, 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 game saved my life in 2018. without it i dont know where id be in life, and it was a real treat to experience on a strong pcp analogue as well. i hope everything is ok for you, nathalie. i really hope things get better for all of us.
MAKE ANOTHER GAME
This game is scares me please help EVERYTHING IS NOT GOING TO BE OK :(
but like, I really do love this game its so surreal and terrifying to me that I can't help but fall in love with it!
Hey there, OneFourtySevenAM here, and I just played your game for a video series I have called "Indie Picks". If you're at all interested in seeing what I thought of your game, feel free to watch the video.
Woah 3 hour showcase of weird itch.io games with commentary? That's so cool! Funny how there is Night In The Woods in the thumbnail which seems to normal along other games in this video
Well Night In The Woods was created by Alec Holowka and his team, which are relatively small compared to most other developers, hence the indie namesake. Also, if you enjoyed the video, there is actually a part 1 which I'll post with this comment.
I haven't zined the zine yet (ignore how stupid that sounded) but this page looks incredible, Literally, a huge part of why I follow you is because you are an incredible programmer. (The other reasons are bc I like your humor and the stuff u make)
I'll do a follow-up after I actually play this.
how tf did you even make this
Got this game, played it, then my computer broke. Now I'm redownloading it so I can play it again.
Apparently my post was posted "-5 seconds ago".
This game is very soothing for me. I particularly like how you can save little snippets of activities and look back on them later. To the author: It was worth a lot.
I am happy that this currently exists, thank you!!
This feels like a dream
This game was surprisingly survivable! 5/5
This was absolutely amazing, thank you for this piece of art!
Full video + analysis (sadly in german) :
It is always okay
it's dark and here i am with all my light off.You know it's a good game when your eyes are burning.
i haven't played it yet but i LOVE THE ART AND THIS PAGE THAT IM WRITING THE COMMENT ON IS AMAZING, THE ENERGY INSIDE OF THIS BUS IS ASTRONOMICAL
Spoilier: Everything was not Okay 10/10
Yor page is soo good that my brother is foaming at the mouth and breakdancing!
I feel like I remember this game but idk!!!! it just seems so famiiiiiiiiliar xddd
I think markiplier played it? 3:,
you know its a good game when your eyes scream for mercy on the download page
this is the best download page i've ever seen, aesthetic at it's finest
i have never seen such an amazing download page... I'm very excited to play this.
This game is wonderful and I love your art. Keep on making more art and I hope you're doing well.
This resonated with me so hard and i am so sorry you went through what you went through and I believe you and am so happy you exist. Thank you so much for this, your work is so important <3
Creator, wherever you are I truly hope youre doing great. or at least better. I just w anted to say this "zine" (among very different games) have actually inspired me to create some experiemtnal artpiece myself someday. I've just had a lot of time to think about the future with all the shit going on nowadays. idk maybe it's a stupid thought and I'm sure it means nothing to you.
but I think it's important for those like me who felt they havent done anything important in their life, be encouraged to make an expression. something that will be a part of their history on this earth. but it's all just coding after all.
Also is there an official ost for this anywhere? it's quite interesting
Amazing game. The best fever dream one could ask for. One question though. Can I have the text from shortuct 2 in the game? reply to my message and copy it down below if it cannot be copied all at one send it in sections. If anyone did that it would be highly appreciated. Thanks.
What a good nightmare . Very well done.
this game is... awesome, holy shit
Most surreal game I ever played. Played it 2 years ago and I loved it! Beautiful meaning and wacky graphics and gameplay. Big inspiration for when I develop games!
hey i just wanna say how life changing ur stuff is,, just,,, thank u for creating and sharing ur experiences
This was fantastic, your best project and it goes into top 20 on this entire site. It is like a videogame movie. It's not that much of a game.
First and most notable thing about this, the graphics, artifacted artificial photos of real life things, fire, skulls in bright colors, all overlayed by designed to seem fishy but amazingly cute cartoon characters.
The most notable main characters are the rabbits, naive, cute, always hoping in the worst possible case scenarios. All their purpose is coping, they cope, and hope, physically and technically unable to fix the situations, dying, but coping.
You get to play simple childish games like choose a number! Choose a meal! Draw something, talk with strangers. But everything turns out to be sad, the giant monster who got extremely sad for a worm just saying bad things about him is the best example. You look through computer files and find these games, you see the story progress as the main character loses his legs, dies, and still somehow smiles. AI collecting personal data to take your organs away later? Oh everything happens,
EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE OK!
Apparently the player in this story, the real main character actually has problems like that himself, his family had problems because of the war. And a man named Igor (i don't remember how it was) is apparently trapped in your computer.
He and somebody else (megabyte was his name or something), write poems for you, and they ask you for feedback.
Aside from that, the music, graphics, voice acting, everything, absolutely everything in this game is done right. Character design, is perfect, i love it.
As you described, it is like a great fever dream, it is weird, not ARMAged0NNN! level of weird but its extremely weird.
Thank you for creating this game, i loved it if you didn't see already, i cried when i first played it, sincerely enjoyed this mess. I beat it two times and wasted good 14 hours on both of these playthroughs.
I could say more, but this, this is a 10/10 and i have seen a lot of games on this website, a lot, still i don't get and don't understand this game.
This is one of the first games in a long time that I fully related to without completely understanding. You did absolutely fantastic, and I hear what you're trying to say. I have never related to a piece of art more. Thank you so much.
I first saw this game on a stream and it made me feel understood at a time when I felt very alone. It's a very powerful work of art.