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A Mortician's Tale

5 months ago

Feature: Do not go gentle

More games should be truly honest about death

This article discusses death and personal bereavement I never intended to make videogames about my brother. He died in May last year, standing in the crowded lobby of the Manchester Arena, at the hands of the radicalised young man who’d walked into the building and detonated a homemade explosive. I learned later, while numbly standing with a police officer in middle of the cavernous, shrapnel-damaged…

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2 years ago

Feature: Caring replaced by selling

A Mortician’s Tale shows how businesses exploit our fear of death

Did you know that the process of cremation doesn’t turn your body to ash? It’s actually the cremulator, another machine, which mills the bone down into a fine dust. It's details like this that you'll encounter while playing A Mortician’s Tale, a point-and-click job simulator inspired by the work of mortician and author Caitlin Doughty and the death positive movement she helped found.

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