La Femme D’Argent: Air Pressure

By Kieron Gillen on March 18th, 2010 at 7:29 pm.

Yeah, this screenshot makes us look well cool. Yays!

Going through the RPS mail from when I’ve been away, I hit upon Cooper bringing Air Pressure to our attention. It’s a conversion of Bentosmile’s original into Flash, and is a short visual novel with three endings. It involves GIRLS again. I should turn this into GIRLS! week at RPS or something. Actually… I’ve had worse ideas. Inverting the straight to the sexy approach and… nevermind. This is slight but atmospheric, and suitably open to interpretation. Go plays.

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  1. Mythar says:

    *SPOILERS*(, if they’re not implicit yet)
    My experience started off as having the aim of staying with the cute girl, she seemed like a good thing to have.
    Then it progressed into a story about dependency issues, you not quite wanting to rely on her, seeing if you can quit.
    Around about half way through I started to get the feeling that she wasn’t a human, and that maybe it was unhealthy to be thinking of her that way, I theorized she was a robot or some kind of hologram during the flickering.
    She started to get angry and abusive when I tried pushing her out, which made me doubt she was anything mechanical in nature. Although robots/holograms etc could in theory possess such capabilities.
    Finally with the hospital sequence I tried thinking of the “getting closer” as getting it on with the robot, and the possible cutting/artery damage as misuse of the doll (or whatever it is).

    Having said that: In retrospect the drug theory fits better.

  2. ArgleBargle says:

    Yeah, cutting is the right answer but drugs is close enough.

  3. Joe says:

    “Ducks eat anything. I’m such a coward.”

    Clingy girl as a metaphor for self harm, or self harm as a metaphor for a clingy girl?

    Either way: sad, serious and rather good.

  4. Hmm-Hmm. says:

    Again with the SPOILERS..

    I never thought of drugs. My impression that she was some figment of his imagination. In the way people with heavy psychological issues may see people who don’t exist. When it starts to distort it’s because he starts to disengage from ‘her’.

    I didn’t get to what she was a representation of other than that she’s a bad habit type of part of him.

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    drewski says:

    I can’t believe I missed this first time around. Me fail.

    I got the hospital ending first off (can I just assume that anyone reading to the second page of the comments has played it?) and immediately thought self harm, it was the only thing that really made sense. But there are strong drug references in some of the other storylines, so if you didn’t get the hospital ending first (or at all) then I can very much understand that impression.

    Mostly, I don’t think it really matters that much whether it’s drugs or self harm – to me, the story is about the attraction of, and reliance on, self destructive behaviour and the way in which it can dominate your life, and the damage it causes despite seeming attractive.