Real-Life Playing Game: Always Sometimes Monsters

By Ben Barrett on August 29th, 2013 at 5:00 pm.

There’s a fantastical element to the majority of games that the medium steadfastly refuses to differ from. It’s not an issue in itself, of course, but the lack of variety is always something we should battle against. Here, then, comes the newly announced Always Sometimes Monsters from Vagabond Dog, a game about an ordinary human being whose life happens to have taken a turn for the shit. With gender, race and sexual orientation left up to the player, this person finds themselves unable to pay their rent and the love of their life about to be wed to someone else. From there, their journey is up to you. Click on for announcement trailer and some further details.

I’m more than a little fascinated. The lovely retro style captures a slightly bleak, ordinary world beautifully. The larger, overlaid pictures of important characters or items show there’s real talent in the art team. I’m in love with the music too, of which a longer sample (that I’ve had on repeat throughout writing this) can be found here. You can also check out a whole batch of screenshots at that same link, showing a few more plot threads. Based on those, the number of differing avenues for our hero seems quite vast.

You can read the whole announcement on publisher Devolver Digital’s website here. Per that, the game will be playable at PAX for those of you who are attending, including asking “players to make a decision that will permanently affect the character in the game upon its release next year.” Interesting. Set for release Spring next year, I personally can’t wait.

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19 Comments »

  1. GamesInquirer says:

    Hmm… Neat.

  2. BTAxis says:

    So another suicide sim then?

  3. Zyrxil says:

    If the trailer wants to get all philosophical, then the values we assign to Good and Evil are not meaningless, as they figure fully into Cost/Benefit analyses. The emotional burdens of one’s conscience figure into those analyses as much as financial burdens do.

    • Sparkasaurusmex says:

      But most are a lot better at financial foresight than emotional. (though probably not very good at either)

      • limbeckd says:

        Wow, do you have no recollection of the near-collapse of the economy a couple years ago? The one in which people who manage money for a living seemed to be largely responsible?

        • frightlever says:

          Um. The guys who helped engineer the financial meltdown made out like bandits. Their financial planning was spot on.

        • vivlo says:

          “a couple years ago”
          fyi, it’s still slowly taking over all of Europe.

  4. S Jay says:

    Trailer: more gameplay, less philosophical big letters.

  5. AngelTear says:

    Feels a lot like “To the moon”/”Actual Sunshine” but with multiple paths.
    I’m more than intrigued..

  6. Carlos Danger says:

    Meh, will wait till they make the movie and not watch it.

    • frightlever says:

      The number of games I “play” via Youtube these days… seriously.

  7. MarcP says:

    “This person finds themselves unable to pay their rent and the love of their life about to be wed to someone else.”

    So, yet another game about the perspective of a young, relatively wealthy and healthy english-speaking westerner. Sorry… “ordinary human”. Yay, variety.

    • Ben Barrett says:

      “unable to pay their rent”

      “relatively wealthy”

      um

      • Boffin says:

        Relative to the rest of the world, I’d assume. Which is a fair call.

        That said, if western games in English don’t do it for you – perhaps a western games blog in English isn’t the right place to get news?

        • Jack Mack says:

          Mmm. Unfortunately, at the moment all video games are made by people who can afford computers, so we’re unlikely to see a game come from anyone below that line of poverty.

    • Ahtaps says:

      “So, yet another game about the perspective of a young, relatively wealthy and healthy english-speaking westerner. Sorry… “ordinary human”. Yay, variety.”

      I guess until you find out the reason they can’t pay their rent is because they are a Mexican immigrant with a recurring illness who has no health insurance because all the work they can get is odd jobs here and there. The owner of the apartment complex hates Mexicans because he thinks they are stealing jobs from honest Americans but the only reason he lets the man stay is because he agreed to a higher price.

      His fiance was going to marry him soon, so despite his illness he had been working longer hours to pay for a certificate of marriage, but a rich and handsome business tycoon wooed her away from him with promises of a better life and money, leaving him with debts.

      So yes, I can see how you would think there was no variety in just that description alone. Every story is like that right?

  8. Keyrock says:

    So, that trailer tells me… pretty much nothing.