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ConfigurationUploader

by Autumn Chen profile

Science Fiction
2023

Web Site

(based on 15 ratings)
2 reviews

About the Story

ConfigurationUploader is a program for uploading configurations.


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Awards

Winner, La Petite Mort - English - ECTOCOMP 2023

Winner, Outstanding Game in an Uncommon System of 2023 - The 2023 IFDB Awards

Entrant - The Bare-Bones Jam

2nd Place (tie), Best Use of Short Form; 3rd Place, Best Use of Interactivity; 6th Place (tie), Best in Show - The IF Short Games Showcase 2023

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
Story through documentation, November 25, 2023
by MathBrush
Related reviews: less than 15 minutes

This game unrolls as you read through the documentation of a certain piece of software, digging into its API, its pipelines, its documented users, and, at the end, its chat logs.

The dry format allows for contrast with the futuristic setting and the drama-filled true story.

It's surprising this game was able to be made in less than 4 hours, but less surprising if the author already had experience in creating such documentation. Either way, it's an amazing feat.

Very well done. The format did keep me at a distance emotionally, but the story was effective.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
Don't use programs you don't understand..., November 6, 2023
by manonamora
Related reviews: ectocomp, barebonesjam

When I saw the game pop up on my feed, I honestly thought Autumn had built a new program and had just uploaded a legit but bare documentation for it. But now, this is an actual IF, pure science fiction (I hope...) bundled up in an unusual format.

The whole gameplay feels like going down a Wikipedia rabbit hole (you know the ones, where you open links on the current page into a new tab to read later, because who knows if you'll find them again, and now your browser is lagging and it is 5h later) mixed with an incomplete and obtuse documentation for a program that doesn't exist (at least here) and doesn't seem to have a clear use (by going from the starting page/game blurb).

As you go deeper into the pages, finding that this program was lead by a university professor and eir students (some of which have left the projects in suspicious ways), it is possible to piece the mystery together (or the big picture at least). The implications of what is afoot is quite frightening, and bleak.

An impressive amount of content for just 4h!

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Outstanding Science Fiction Game of 2023 by MathBrush
This poll is part of the 2023 IFDB Awards. The rules for the competition can be found here, and a list of all categories can be found here. This award is for the best Science Fiction game of 2023. Voting is open to all IFDB members....

Most Sequel-worthy game of 2023 by MathBrush
This poll is part of the 2023 IFDB Awards. The rules for the competition can be found here, and a list of all categories can be found here. This award is for the most sequel-worthy game of 2023. Voting is open to all IFDB members....

Outstanding Game in an Uncommon System of 2023 by MathBrush
This poll is part of the 2023 IFDB Awards. The rules for the competition can be found here, and a list of all categories can be found here. This award is for the best game of 2023 written in an uncommon system. Voting is open to all IFDB...

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