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What is it? It's a questionnaire. But don't ask too many questions. The subject is music. That's about all you need to know.
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The Role of Music in Your Life is, on first glance, an odd thing: a questionnaire? Seriously? Is this really IF?
The Role of Music in Your Life expands out into a dialogue-driven, minimal story about an anxious mother and her kid. The character development is handled deftly, especially when the kid in question speaks up, forming a good foil to his mother's perspective. Telling this story through just dialogue raised the possibility of an unreliable narrator, which gave a sinister edge to the mother's lines.
I was disappointed to find that, despite the choices, the story doesn't actually branch. It would have been satisfying, or at least fun, to see how different answers to the personality quiz-type questions affected how the mother treated the PC. Nonetheless, this minimal piece of CYOA has some very clever writing and a delicious use of unreliable narrator. I enjoyed it.
This game starts out with you answering several survey questions about music and its role in your life.
Then it has a major shift, and ends up employing some interesting narrative techniques and text styling tricks to make some unusual points.
I like the trick, but I found it hard to pick choices that reflected the persona I wanted to put off.
Had I not played this through to the end, I might have given it a two.
I got through it and from a technical standpoint I'd at best give it a three.
But given how it left me feeling afterward, it definitely gets a 4. Well done.
|A Beauty Cold and Austere, by Mike Spivey|
Average member rating: (53 ratings)
That survey course in conceptual mathematics seemed like a good idea at the start of the term - no graded homework, no midterm exams - just an oral final at the end. But now that final is tomorrow morning. After months of procrastination...
|Reflecting my face in the mirror, by Aster Fialla|
Average member rating: (3 ratings)
A dynamic poem for the Neo-Twiny Jam. (Note: this poem is not meant to be played on mobile, as it has whitespace and hovertext.)
|Ashes, by Glass Rat Media|
Average member rating: (9 ratings)
Le Grand Guignol entry in ECTOCOMP 2015. Five old college friends reunite to fulfill a friend's final request. But all of them have secrets. And some have blood on their hands. Warnings for violence and implied possible sexual violence.