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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful:Ode to Joy, September 25, 2010
by Victor Gijsbers (The Netherlands)
Being There sounds like it will be an interactive adaptation of a Jerzy Kosinski novel; failing that, an exploration of Martin Heidegger's concept of Dasein. It is neither. This piece is an Ode to Joy.
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Jordan Magnuson, September 27, 2010 - ReplyPrevious | << 1 >> | Next
Thank you for your incredibly kind and encouraging review Victor! Your response to the game makes me think that my original vision may not have been a total failure after all.
I completely agree with you about the problematic nature of "standard library messages and actions that are refused," especially in a piece like this. Because of the focus on being and "joy" as you put it, any refused actions or cryptic responses cut deeply into experience that Being There is trying to evoke. Towards the end of working on it, I started to feel like the project was hopeless, because of the necessary limitations of the form, and my inability to implement every conceivable action... your review gives me some hope that that is not the case, perhaps enough hope to go back and work on it further.