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by Joseph Grzesiak

Slice of life

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>INVENTORY - Paul O'Brian writes about interactive fiction

Jane takes on the topic of wife-beating, portraying it from the perspective of the victim, the abuser, and a few others besides. The experience of playing through a story in IF form, as opposed to reading it on the page, really intensifies my identification with the characters, and there were moments during my time with Jane that I started feeling physically ill, and dirty, involved in something I did not wish to be a part of. I don't mean to sound disapproving -- those moments were quite powerful and dramatic, and the game did give a clear warning about its subject matter before it began. Indeed, the times when I was feeling the most upset were when I was admiring Jane the most; its writing and its implementation occasionally managed to affect me quite strongly.
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There's no question that the piece is being used to raise awareness of domestic abuse, and I'm not really sure that the Comp is the place for such things. On the other hand, it certainly is honest about what it's doing, and uncomfortable though it is to play through, there is no doubt of it's sincerity. And I do approve of raising awareness of such things in general. This is by no means a fun game, but it is well coded and a competent job of story-telling.
-- Jessica Knoch
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The linear nature of the story makes it more harrowing, you know what's going to happen and no matter how hard you try, you can't stop it. Trying to help can make things much worse. There is some (from my point of view very) unpleasant language which is in keeping with the plot. There is violence, but not committed by the player.
-- John Ferris
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