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A/The Gift

by b_splendens


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(based on 2 ratings)
3 reviews

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a silly little conversation. so silly! no variables or anything. just some alternate responses that reveal different kinds of information.

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Entrant - Neo-Twiny Jam


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Any gift is better than no gift, right? Right?, August 30, 2023
by Andrew Schultz (Chicago)
Related reviews: Neo Twiny Jam

This is a short Twine about someone who receives what feels (to me) like an inappropriate, random gift and being quite confused about it.

I think a lot is left to the reader’s interpretation, because the choices you took the first time are crossed out, which I realize is nontrivial Twine coding, whether branches at any one page lead to the same next page or somewhere different. And different information is given on different passages through.

I think we've all gotten gifts in the mail we find hard to throw out. We understand it's a business and a bunch of emotional manipulation going on. But there's something odd when it comes from a person--especially a person whom we didn't like much. If it's appropriate--well, how did they know so much about us? If it's inappropriate--well, can't we give them credit for trying? The whole thing reminds me of the South Park episode where the food pantry gets a lot of creamed corn from donors. A fancy watch is, of course, more valuable than creamed corn, but -- it's not exactly uplifting, is it? In fact, it would stand out next to cheap clothes and maybe even be an easy target for thieves.

I’ve certainly been suspicious of people who’ve given me gifts for no reason before after some bad history. I’ve had people suddenly be nice to me for a bit, often with ulterior motives. Perhaps in this case the (very) wealthy benefactor feels they’ve washed away some sin. Maybe they feel guilty they got out of the town they hated, or maybe they remember doing something bad to the narrator. But there is no indication their act would be a net positive.

This seems deliberate on the author's part. The title of A/The suggests the giver has given out other gifts like this before. So there's an odd spooky feeling This one is odd and spooky without anything supernatural. Just maybe someone trying to whitewash something in the past. At least that's what I got from it. Given this is Neo Twiny Jam and the author said you can fill in details, there's enough flexibility in the story, you may find your own interpretation.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
A brief story written as a conversation, July 18, 2023
by MathBrush
Related reviews: less than 15 minutes

This is a story about a celebrity encounter, written in the Neo Twiny Jam in under 500 words.

In it, you play as a participant in a conversation with a friend who just met a celebrity that knew them in a store and was given an expensive, fancy present.

The main appeal here (to me) is the friend dynamic, the combination of disinterest, jealousy, and support shown by the main character.

There is a feature that crosses off links if they go to a page you've been before (I thought it was just if you've clicked on the link before, but Manon pointed out it's for if you visited a page before). This is a bit weird for the final choice, but otherwise works well. Nice work overall.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
A Silly Conversation, indeed…, June 23, 2023
by manonamora
Related reviews: neotwinyjam

Have you ever gotten a custom Rolex as a gift at random in a supermarket for no reason? Me either. But wouldn’t it be weird? Wouldn’t you need to talk about it to someone afterwards? This is the premise of this entry. A silly conversation about a strange event.

Quite absurd!

I liked the formatting of the link, when the next page had previously been visited. It made replaying the different paths quite easy.

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