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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful:Ultimately unfulfilled, October 20, 2010
...though perhaps that was part of the point.
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Danielle, October 20, 2010 - ReplyPrevious | << 1 >> | Next
I liked hearing about how your time in Afghanistan affected your reaction to this piece.
I think "Shade" might be a game/experience that divides some people. (I really enjoy it for its strangeness and ambiguity, but then again, I enjoy things that have a surreal flavor to them.) Like you said, even if you don't enjoy it, it does make you think a bit.
Some IF are very "game"-attuned; you solve the puzzles, find the treasure, you defeat the Grue, you win! Others are striving to be more like interactive art pieces ("Photograph" by Steve Evans comes to mind), while others (to me) have the flavor of a novella or short story that you get to live through ("Shade" was that for me).
In any case, while it's sometimes tricky to find the right flavor of IF you'll enjoy, I really encourage you to keep searching, because there are some amazing gems in this medium, things you won't see anywhere else!