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Remembrance

by Emery Joyce profile

Science Fiction
2023

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(based on 3 ratings)
2 reviews

About the Story

Your mother's ashes are going back to Earth, and you are going with them.

You only have room to take one small keepsake. How will you choose to remember your relationship?


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Awards

Entrant - Single Choice Jam

13th Place (tie), Best in Show - The IF Short Games Showcase 2023

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful:
A science fiction musing on death and family relationships, September 11, 2023
by MathBrush
Related reviews: less than 15 minutes

This game in the Single Choice Jam focuses on a single emotional moment. You are on a space station and are preparing for your mother's delayed funeral/burial ceremony.

You are allowed to bring a single object back with you. Most of the game revolves around looking at objects one at a time and remembering what significance they have to you and to your mother.

My father talked to me before about how sci fi is really about everyday human stories, just placed in an extraordinary setting to bring out different key points. This game is fundamentally about the relationship between a difficult but attentive parent and their adult child. The sci-fi setting serves to strengthen some of the emotions, like isolation and lack of self worth.

The reduction to a single choice makes sense thematically, since you are deliberating on a major decision you can't really go back on. I felt satisfied with my choice and didn't feel a need to play again.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
Memories are what matters…, August 29, 2023
by manonamora
Related reviews: singlechoice


Remembrance is an emotionally charged entry, which follows the player getting ready to put their mother’s ashes to rest. The trip allowing only limited amount of luggage, you can only choose one keepsake.

The entry deals with the themes of death and grief with delicate words, showing the good the bad and the ugly of going through the things that mattered and the memories linked to them. Though you have a choice, there is no wrong or right options there. All are important pieces of yourself, all matter.

I think I liked the box of recipe the best out of all objects. The connection between your mother and yourself felt the strongest and most emotional - I think I related to it the most. I liked the little nod of Jewish traditions hinted in there too, and the want to continue those traditions, in a way or another…

It is a powerful piece that left me without many words when the game ended.

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Outstanding Science Fiction Game of 2023 by MathBrush
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Outstanding Short Game of 2023 by MathBrush
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