Instead, we landed on the left coast where you learn quickly that stories aren't really made of truth, and to slowly chip, chip, chip away just to get at a few bits is oh-so-gauche. After all, you're in Hollywood baby - go big, or go home. The challenge is that (for now) only the big can go big, and the littles - well they just stay home scraping at cave walls with a spoon.
I found it to be a beautifully immersive and refreshing glimpse at what is still to come in the future of storytelling.
Your mileage may vary.
In this episode of our I Have To Tell You Something podcast, Salome scolds me for:
- allowing her to go off on her own and recklessly spend ten bucks on Dear Esther;
- being hallucinatory and delusional;
- being fooled by the pseudo-artistic intellectuals, the ultimate cave dwellers.
She may also have an opinion on the use of narrative.
While I didn't agonize too much over the clumsy dialog, I still found Dear Esther to be entertaining - like a lot of movies I watch.
Yes, I had to hold down the W key until my forefinger cramped and cursed me, and I banged my knees a few times on the rickety story rails, and more than once the narrator had to yank me by the collar and say "Come back." - but it was a beautiful excursion that made me think about the possibilities.
Overall, it was a little bit like Mr Toad's Wild Ride: the line is not as long but the end is, well ..
|Dear Esther, the end.|
UPDATE: Forgot the episode notes!
What's a Little TextPeople? A business acquired by Linden Lab, with intriguing ideas about the future of storytelling. "The result of this investment will be a new type of digital entertainment that modernizes the novel as a shared story-telling experience." - Rod Humble
Who is Emily Short? Co-founder of the aforementioned, Emily Short is a leoplurodon of the interactive fiction world. Shun! Shun the non-believers!
Who is Shelley Long? In this case, she is a weak attempt at metaphor. Please donate to the metaphor revival fund.
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