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Impostor Syndrome

by Dietrich Squinkifer (Squinky) profile


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(based on 17 ratings)
3 reviews

About the Story

You're giving a talk at a big important tech conference. But do you really deserve to be here, or were you selected just to fill a diversity quota?

Originally published under the name "Georgiana Bourbonnais".

Game Details

Language: English (en)
First Publication Date: September 29, 2013
Current Version: Unknown
License: Freeware
Development System: Twine
IFID: Unknown
TUID: m6j642kft5ap2erl


18th Place - 19th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (2013)


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
Not particularly "game"-ish, October 28, 2013
by streever (America)

I enjoyed this--the writing is good, the points it makes are done well--but I was a bit leery about it when I first read the brief. I thought this might be an attack on minorities entering the tech world from the brief, and was glad it was not.

It does not feel particularly game-like--there aren't recognizable challenges nor are there puzzles--but it is well-written and engaging. Perhaps one of my favorite of the non-choice/non-puzzle entries in ifcomp 2013.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
An important conversation about impostor syndrome, in Twine, June 7, 2016

The author of this game has specifically said that they did not intend this work to be a popular game, but that it was intended to provoke thought and discussion, and to be seen by many people.

This work is mostly lielnear, with a sequence of side comment links and a single story progress link at the bottom.l, until the end when you get some binary choices.

The piece is about imposter syndrome, the feeling that you are not competent at what you do, especially in the context of women, trans individuals, and other minorities.

As a description of imposter syndrome, it excels. As a mindless diversion, it is only mildly successful, but that was never it's goal.

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
"There will always be trolls. There will always be sexism.", October 27, 2013
by ifwizz (Berlin, Germany)
Related reviews: feminism

In some way interesting as case study of Anna Anthropys manifesto "Rise of the Videogame Zinesters".

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