Posts Tagged ‘Porpentine’

Buckets O’ Porp: Eczema Angel Orifice Released

Oh sure, maybe you have been a beautiful frog, a ruthless cyberpunk businesslady, an artificer serving a dark empress, and Ke$ha herself, but not quite like this. Yesterday Porpentine released Eczema Angel Orifice [official site], collecting 25 of the former RPS columnist’s hypertext games together, updated and coming with director’s notes and a viewing guide to find the right one for you right now. It’s on Itch for $5.

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Ball Of Twine: Porpentine’s Eczema Angel Orifice

Looking back over the years, we’ve barely posted about Porpentine’s games. Cara was into Ultrabusiness Tycoon III and Love Is Zero and I really dig With Those We Love Alive but beyond that… huh! That’s a bit weird, given how funny and interesting and unsettling and probing our former Live Free Play Hard columnist’s games are. Well, now I can cover most at once.

Porpentine is having a crack at Steam Greenlight with Eczema Angel Orifice [official site]. It’s a bundle of her text games that she’s revised, with “director’s notes” and extras boshed in on top.

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Physically Interactive Fiction: With Those We Love Alive

Look, you try taking a good photo of your forearm with a phone camera.

One of these symbols I drew on my arm is a lie. With Those We Love Alive tells you to draw icons on your body to represent key choices and reactions, see, which is a lark until you realise you’re marking and changing yourself in response to cruel and oppressive things. One icon represents something I like to think about myself, but know isn’t true. I stared at that lie a lot the next day.

With Those We Love Alive is a free Twine game by Porpentine, a moving visit to a mundanely monstrous world. Her writing is so carefully measured, vivid yet small bursts, and a soundtrack by Brenda Neotenomie wraps the world around you. It is a beautiful and terrible game.

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S.EXE: Teen Girl Squad

Jack! I'm flying Jack!No, not the beloved Homestar Runner animation, this fortnight it’s a celebration of teenage girls and their sexual agency being front and centre of the narrative! “Hey Cara,” I might hear you say, “I have never heard of a game that even gave the tiniest crap about teenage girls’ libidos!” Well, I’d say, you’ve clearly never been near the Otome genre, or a copy of Duel Love, but that’s okay. We’ll leave Otome to another day, because I found two perfectly free games that give women a good sense of bodily autonomy without having to relate their self-worth to what a dude thinks of them. How healthy!

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Business Time: Ultrabusiness Tycoon III

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I wonder how many of you have played our Live Free Play Hard correspondent Porpentine‘s games. I’ve just finished playing her latest: Ultrabusiness Tycoon III, and as usual, I grinned at the jokes, smiled at the references, and was very moved by the end. Come with me now, on a journey through time and space… Read the rest of this entry »

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