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A Single Ouroboros Scale: My Postmortem

by Naomi Norbez profile


(based on 5 ratings)
1 review

About the Story

A reflection on my Spring Thing project from the year I thought I would die.

If youíre looking for a fun video game, youíll be disappointed with this. I wanted to share my thoughts on ASOSís development in a straightforward way, conveying my thoughts without choices or branches. I hope it is worth reading.

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Entrant, Main Festival - Spring Thing 2023


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An individual's life explained in autobiographical fashion, May 2, 2023
by MathBrush
Related reviews: less than 15 minutes

For me, I tend to choose interactive fiction that has features of escapism, and feel like I'm taking a break from reality when I play the game. That's one reason games like Violet threw me off at first, since, despite their quality, they reminded me of my real-life PhD pressures.

This game is quite the opposite of escapist. It poses (from my perspective) a single question: if you knew you were going to die, what would you do to be remembered?

Bez talks in honest and self-reflective detail about his experiences with pseudo-dementia, which led to concern that they would soon perish. Now, though, e's in a better place, so now we can look back and see how things were going, and how the game A Single Oroubouros Scale was developed.

Like a few of Bez's other pieces, this is structured not as a game but as a narrative essay, which different chapters broken up by hyperlinks. For me, the hyperlinks brought a definite sense of interactivity to the piece, because it was like finding clues in a mystery game, except instead of solving a crime you're trying to understand a human being.

I thought I had finished the whole project, and felt it was missing just a bit more that could help communicate the author's intent, but when I came to review the game, I found a poem (by the poet that his recent game Hidden Gems, Hidden Secrets centered on) which beautifully complemented the overall experience.

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A Single Ouroboros Scale: My Postmortem on IFDB


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Outstanding Slice of Life Game of 2023 by MathBrush
This poll is part of the 2023 IFDB Awards. The rules for the competition can be found here, and a list of all categories can be found here. This award is for the best Slice of Life game of 2023. Voting is open to all IFDB members....

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