Posts Tagged ‘Porpentine’

Free Loaders: Fighting Your Way Through A Prison Brawl

All right boys, its lights out. I know you’ve all had another tough day behind bars but thems the breaks when you’re a convicted felon. Back to the cells, come on. Hey Johnny what are doing with that huge explosive propane tank? No, stop. Stop what you’re doing Johnny. Please stop.

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IF Only: Alien Life

Axolotl Screenshot

Stories about alien life raise interesting questions about what humans are, and whether there’s any other way we could be; about communication between very disparate cultures, and whether it’s even possible; about extremely alternate perspectives on earthly life. If you also like these stories, this week I have four pieces of IF about alien life forms to suggest:

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IF Only: Birdland And The XYZZY Awards

Cropped title image for Birdland

Earlier this year, the interactive fiction community held its annual XYZZY awards to celebrate the best interactive fiction pieces (and a few types of technical work) from 2015. The XYZZYs are one of the longest-running awards in gaming, celebrated every year since 1997, when they honored the best IF games of 1996. This year one game dominated the awards, with good reason: Birdland.

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Bellular Hexatosis: Porp & Neotenomie’s Strange Sights

Offer me the chance to step inside one of Porpentine’s worlds and I’d laugh, cry, shed my skin, then run screaming into the woods. I can’t say I’m not curious about her alien landscapes, cruel societies, lost people, and strange loves, though. Good news! New technological advancements mean you can now virtually peek inside 3D recreations and experience emotions in a controlled environment before safely retreating.

Porpentine and Neotenomie’s latest, Bellular Hexatosis [official site], flows like one of Porp’s Twine games but in a shiny 3D world. If you want to help your poorly sister, a spiralling column of liquid, you can leap in now.

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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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