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Now first off, I'm usually not really of a promoter but this is something that really caught my attention and I thought the Pit would enjoy.

It's about an indie-game called Dear Esther. If you can call it a game at all, the only gameplay element is that of walking around.

It's more of an interactive experience containing nice graphics, good music, and a story that consists of letters that the main character sends to his lover(Esther).
You walk around on an island while the letters are being narrated and displayed onscreen. What the story means is for you to (partly) fill in yourself.
The writing style I found similar to that of Franz Kafka.

Now I realise that I'm doing a terrible job in trying to describe what this is so just check the site and trailers.
But I was wondering what you guys think of indie-games, and new artforms like this. Should they get more attention? And will they have a more prominent role in the entertainment industy in the future?
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#2
Esters > Esthers. Fact. I knew an Esther once, she was scarily obsesed with horses and looked a bit like Vad Hamster now I come to think of it.
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#3
I thought this was about a mouse.
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#4
Seems really cool, and I see it's avaliable on steam for $10.

I like indie games like that that try a new approach. It's not driven by money, just by passion and innovativeness which makes each game unique.

If my steam ever opens I'll see about buying it...
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#5
It does look really cool, and it's got good reviews and stuff. Highly priced for an hour long game though.
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#7
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It does look really cool, and it's got good reviews and stuff. Highly priced for an hour long game though.


Hour seems really short, you would be rushing it. I think I got aobut 1,5-2 hours out of it.

I paid €8, same price as say a ticket to the cinema. And I would choose this over it anyday.
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#8
Indie games are awesome. As BF3, MW3 and (to a lesser degree) Skyrim proved, games are never any good on release day anymore. In BF3's case it's still not perfect 4 months later.

I think that's why indie games and the F2P genre are blowing up now, because sometimes it's nice to get back to games that have core gameplay and don't really on brutal graphics, zillions of features or any other stupid stuff like that.
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#9
Seems interesting. I like games that don't focus on gameplay, if that makes any sense. A good story or atmosphere can be enough to make a great game. Yume Nikki is a good example of this.
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#10
As much as I love games, and like when games take a new approach.
When a game is effectively, walk around listen to music and read letters, I am not going to pay more than say £3 for it.

I don't care how pretty it is. The story it conveys had better be pretty ****ing spectacular to be worth more than that. By spectacular I mean it rivals every classical piece of literature since the dawn of man.

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Indie games are awesome. As BF3, MW3 and (to a lesser degree) Skyrim proved, games are never any good on release day anymore.


Arkham City, Catherine, Dark Souls, Portal 2, AC Revelations and a lot more would like a word with you.

It's nice to see you picked the big 3 contenders for, we already have a fanbase who'll pay anything for our games.
Also, note that those three games series have had issues on release in the past as well. You know when you're insinuating games used to be good.
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As much as I love games, and like when games take a new approach.
When a game is effectively, walk around listen to music and read letters, I am not going to pay more than say £3 for it.

I don't care how pretty it is. The story it conveys had better be pretty ****ing spectacular to be worth more than that. By spectacular I mean it rivals every classical piece of literature since the dawn of man.


The story is pretty good, it's very different from most literature in that it leaves a lot of room for the imagination of the player. And I think it's a good price but if you thinks it's too expensive, just wait till steam has one of their sales. It'll probably be around 3 pounds then.
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#12
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Hour seems really short, you would be rushing it. I think I got aobut 1,5-2 hours out of it.

I paid €8, same price as say a ticket to the cinema. And I would choose this over it anyday.


Oh good to know, an hour was what I'd read somewhere else but happy that's wrong. Completely with you on taking something like this over a cinema ticket but hell, there's a reason I never go to the cinema.

Will definitely be picking it up when it goes on steam sale though.
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#13
I'll probably get it while on sale as well, or when I get paid.

While opening up steam I saw this indie game which looks interesting:

innerDate">innerDate">http://thestoutgames.com/innerDate

It's only 2,24€ right now.
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#14
Games are escape strategies for the young hearted forbidden favorites in a universe that is not up for the taking.

Let the heart be hardened friends

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#16
I appreciate the effort of making something different, but I don't think this is something I'd play to be honest, I prefer good gameplay and good story over no gameplay and (hopefully) good story.
#17
Naw man, games like this suck. Seriously, walking around for an hour and a half listening to some old chode read a letter? How could that possibly be entertaining, it's probably just some shitty Flash game trying to be all arts--






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Esters > Esthers. Fact. I knew an Esther once, she was scarily obsesed with horses and looked a bit like Vad Hamster now I come to think of it.

Really? I knew one of those Esthers as well!
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Quote by adstr123
Indie games are awesome. As BF3, MW3 and (to a lesser degree) Skyrim proved, games are never any good on release day anymore. In BF3's case it's still not perfect 4 months later.

I think that's why indie games and the F2P genre are blowing up now, because sometimes it's nice to get back to games that have core gameplay and don't really on brutal graphics, zillions of features or any other stupid stuff like that.

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#21
It looks great. Loved the music in the trailer.
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#22
I wish there would have at least been some simple puzzles or something instead of just walking around. I feel like that would have been a very good opportunity to do something like that.
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#23
I just bought it last night. Gonna install it now
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I'll probably get it while on sale as well, or when I get paid.

While opening up steam I saw this indie game which looks interesting:

innerDate">innerDate">http://thestoutgames.com/innerDate

It's only 2,24€ right now.


Might try that at some time, but I think I have to cut back a bit on Steam offers.... They're way too tempting haha
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#27
Just finished it. It's short but very good.
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Might try that at some time, but I think I have to cut back a bit on Steam offers.... They're way too tempting haha

Yeah I know, sometimes the only thing stopping me is that I have to re-type all my credit card info every time I want to get something.

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Just finished it. It's short but very good.

How's the replay value of it? It says stuff change with each playthrough, but how much can it change?
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#29
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How's the replay value of it? It says stuff change with each playthrough, but how much can it change?

Not sure. Unless it's just finding places you missed on the first playthrough, though I'm pretty sure I was very thorough looking around

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I think this sums that up pretty well. Took me 90 minutes, start to finish.
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#30
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Yeah I know, sometimes the only thing stopping me is that I have to re-type all my credit card info every time I want to get something.


How's the replay value of it? It says stuff change with each playthrough, but how much can it change?


There is this Dutch paying system (which steam supports) which basically just means typing in a password and a code that gets texted to you, it's nice but way too easy to buy things sometimes haha.


And I haven't done a second playtrough yet but I will in a week or so I think, when I had some time to think about the story a bit. Apparently the letters get mixed up a bit, maybe even more things told? I doubt I'll do it for a third time but a second time for sure, which is rare for me cause I rarely ever do that with any type of game.
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#31
Quote by Kensai
Seems really cool, and I see it's avaliable on steam for $10.

I like indie games like that that try a new approach. It's not driven by money, just by passion and innovativeness which makes each game unique.

If my steam ever opens I'll see about buying it...

Oh, the short term for that is "bullshit."

OT: The concept actually looks interesting. I haven't looked more into it, yet, but I plan on it. I'd like to do something like this.
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Not sure. Unless it's just finding places you missed on the first playthrough, though I'm pretty sure I was very thorough looking around


I think this sums that up pretty well. Took me 90 minutes, start to finish.

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There is this Dutch paying system (which steam supports) which basically just means typing in a password and a code that gets texted to you, it's nice but way too easy to buy things sometimes haha.


And I haven't done a second playtrough yet but I will in a week or so I think, when I had some time to think about the story a bit. Apparently the letters get mixed up a bit, maybe even more things told? I doubt I'll do it for a third time but a second time for sure, which is rare for me cause I rarely ever do that with any type of game.


I used to have my creditcard info already saved... bad idea during the christmas steam sales

Cool that they mix things up. Really feeling like picking the game up now and not on any future sale. Damn this thread... for my wallet's sake.

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Oh, the short term for that is "bullshit."

OT: The concept actually looks interesting. I haven't looked more into it, yet, but I plan on it. I'd like to do something like this.

You're from the states, I don't expect you to know about it
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#33
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I used to have my creditcard info already saved... bad idea during the christmas steam sales

Cool that they mix things up. Really feeling like picking the game up now and not on any future sale. Damn this thread... for my wallet's sake.


You're from the states, I don't expect you to know about it


With the amount of posts you have in the whisky thread I'm sure you can spend a few bucks on a game...
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#35
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So wait... is it just a pretty version of Myst, where they've removed some puzzles in favor of a guy reading letters?

I'd pay for that... but is that what I'm getting into?


Had a very first strong Mystvibe first 10 minutes I was playing it. But after that the story became a lot more compelling to me and it changed the dynamic of the game somehow.

But if you like Myst, definitely try this.
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#37
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Whelp, got it, about to play it. I shall return.


You living in Germany. I'm curious if you agree with the Kafka similarities.
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#39
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With the amount of posts you have in the whisky thread I'm sure you can spend a few bucks on a game...

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Fine... I'll get it...
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You living in Germany. I'm curious if you agree with the Kafka similarities.

I have yet to read a single work of Kafka's in my life, but godfucking DAYUM this thing was awesome!
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