Being There

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A touching travelogue, August 28, 2010
by peterb
Related reviews: korea, review, not-game

"Being There" is a love letter to Korea. Magnuson clearly has great affection for his subject, and does his best to transmit it to the player. Each location is associated with a photograph, and at each place the game suggests some things to try. There are no right or wrong answers here - this is, as Magnuson calls it, a "notgame".

There are a few places where the interactivity works against the text - in particular, I'm thinking of one location where I spent at least 8 or 9 turns trapped in a pot of kimchi. But one doesn't want to be churlish. Being There, while not deeply involving for the casual drive-by player, is still charming, and worth trying.

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Jordan Magnuson, September 2, 2010 - Reply
Thank you for the kind review, Peter. And please accept my sincerest apologies for that onerous pot of Kimchi (and anything else that may have given you trouble)! I have tried to work out the wrinkles wherever I could (don't even get me started on the first couple of versions of Being There!), and I will certainly revisit the code around that pot, and attempt to make things better :)
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