I love alienmelons games and have supported her and enjoyed pretty much everything she's made since discovering Everything is Going to be OK.
But "A_DESKTOP_LOVE_STORY" is my least favorite of her recent experiments, and I have my reasons for this. A lot of it has to with trust issues with ambiguously_shy_file, and because I feel this way I can't really say I feel really good about helping their relationship along in this. Who are they? What's their deal? How do they have their own gardener? Are they wealthy? Why are they so helpless? Why can't they just talk to them theirself? Are their "x eyes" part of a curse or laboratory accident? Is he an evil scientist? Why should I help someone so eerily ambiguous?! I understand what it's like to be shy, especially around people you strongly admire. I also understand what it's like to be seen as ambiguous. I just get bad vibes from the whole situation, man, like there are are major skeleton's in shy_file's closet that cute_file needs to be aware of before simply moving into a new folder and starting a new life with this mysterious file I seem to possess so much skepticism of.
IDK man, maybe I'm just being irrational, and really quick to judge this situation so suspiciously, and maybe I should feel bad about that. And heck, maybe all those details don't really matter and this couple's incredibly strong, unconditional love overrides all of that, and I should just have faith in their love. And I kind of liked that gardener character, but admittedly I also got weird vibes from him too and his (spoilers) unsettling goat farm. It's an issue of trust, and I just felt like while playing it I just wanted to make cute_file aware of my concerns. I just can't help but feel they can do better than all this, but it's love I guess...
I dig the experimentation, though. The use of a desktop as a space for play and interactivity is really brilliant, and something I feel like I've kind of animated in my head and wondered about before myself in a "desktop toy story" like way. From what I understand, it was really a pain to get it all working and took a lot of work, and I appreciate that. I also just love Nathalies style and funny, cute drawings and sense of humor.
Everyone seems to be praising this game, and I feel bad coming at this from a more critical perspective especially when no else is. I feel like I'm the only one who feels this way but that's just the way it is sometimes I guess. I just feel the world needs to hear my concerns, before it's too late.