Blink To Move Inexorably Towards The Grave: Close Your

B-blink!

I spent this morning carefully tying fishing sinkers to my eyelashes. I’m starting light with one-eighth ounce weights, but hope to reach one ounce per lash Close Your comes out.

It’s a charming-looking game retelling a whole life across a series of smash cut vignettes, and that sounds splendid and all, but what’s got me training is its control method. On top of the usual inputs, Close Your uses a webcam to watch your eyes. When you blink, you’ll reopen your eyes to find the game has jumped to the next scene. I intend to win the Close Your Speedrun World Championship. I shall develop the strongest, beefiest, bulgiest elevator palpebrae superioris muscles ever to blink.

Close Your’s protagonist has gone a bit wonky in the brain, see, with memory loss meaning their life’s just a few short flashes. These each last until you close your eyes, going from childhood to hospital bed in a few short blinks. I’m aiming for cradle to grave within 2.72 seconds. If I go any slower, I’m concerned I might experience an emotional response to this tragic life.

Blendo Games’ Thirty Flights of Loving seems a clear inspiration to developers GoodbyeWorld Games, both in the smash cut vignette-o-rama format and its blocky look. I’m not entirely keen on Close Your’s character models, though. Adding just a little complexity to such a clean look, with modelled hair and big bendy limbs, makes it a little muddled.

I haven’t seen developers GoodbyeWorld Games saying much about plans to release Close Your. I do hope they won’t keep it as a game for events.

17 Comments

  1. Anthile says:

    She’s pretty cute, for a quadrilateral.

  2. Jamesworkshop says:

    Blink and you miss it

    maybe richard gere should play it

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    FhnuZoag says:

    Webcam blink detection is a great idea actually. I’m surprised no one has made a Dr Who FPS using this mechanic…

    • Ginger Yellow says:

      Weeping angels mod in 3, 2, 1…

    • Koozer says:

      Maybe they have and you’ve just forgotten when you looked away.

    • goodbyeworldwil says:

      Don’t worry, it’s definitely the first thing that crossed our minds making this ;]. Expect some love for the angels.

  4. JimmyG says:

    I’m imagining the Steam user reviews right now: tagged as a blinking simulator, complaining that it was too easy because all you had to do was put on sunglasses, lamenting the lack of multiplayer staring contests …

    I’d like it if the text got a little bigger. Seems like a cool game.

  5. OliverM says:

    Hmm, does it pause if you keep your eyes closed?

  6. GameCat says:

    I’ll just leave my fauvorite webcam-related thing here:

    link to anasomnia.com

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    X_kot says:

    Yes, one step closer to Memento: The Game.

  8. DanceComm says:

    you heard it hear folks, go back in time to marry your mother and you’ll forget how to cross a street.

  9. dethtoll says:

    Reminds me of Gravity Bone and 30 Flights of Loving. As someone who, if Brendon Chung were to poop on a napkin and market it as his latest game, would force people to buy and play it at gunpoint, I’m all up in this.