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13th Place, La Petite Mort - English - ECTOCOMP 2023


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
A linear, illustrated bitsi story contemplating the nature of writing, November 24, 2023
by MathBrush
Related reviews: less than 15 minutes

This game is a Bitsi game, a platform which has art with minimal palettes and simple responses to movement keys, as well as text. This specific bitsi game provides a new image for most (but not all) lines of text.

There aren't any choices as such. It's just a narrative essay about writing; what is the gap between characters and their author? How does fan fiction come into play?

The writing is good, the art was inscrutable at times but also well done. There wasn't anything wrong with the story/game, but also it lacked many of the elements I most enjoy about interactive fiction without providing a substantially exceptional experience to make up for it.

Overall, short and well done.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Meta-Philosophical musing, November 6, 2023
by manonamora
Related reviews: ectocomp

This kinetic bitsi is more of a meta/philosophical musing about creative writing (or creating in general) and an author/creator's relationship with its creations - the positives and negatives, the blank and the whites, and the muddled greys in between. For some, it might be dreadfully existential, others will find themselves in the sentiments conveyed.

Linearity aside, I found the interface quite fitting, with the high-contrast monochrome backgrounds following the points of the text, as if adding another visual representation to the words on the screen.

It's an interesting piece, more so for the message than the interactivity.

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