Preludes to Kentucky Route Zero

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Last month, I made my debut in Un­win­nable Weekly maga­zine with a piece on the pre­ludes to Ken­tucky Route Zero. If, like me, your an­xious­ly await­ing the fourth act of that game, it can’t hurt to take a look at the (free) games that came before. You can down­load A House in Cali­for­nia, Ruins, and Bal­loon Dia­spora from the Card­board Com­pu­ter web­site. I also briefly wrote about Ruins here before, back when I was a wee lad. Or ac­tual­ly, a couple of years ago.

If you’re inte­res­ted, you can read an ex­cerpt from my ar­ticle for free on the Unwinnable site, or bet­ter yet, sub­scribe or pur­chase the whole issue.

Kentucky Route Zero: Act One

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There’s some­thing to be said for the idea that art can find ex­pres­sion in any medium. For Jake Elli­ott and Tamas Kemen­czy of Card­board Com­puter, their medium is the strange blend of audio, video, text, and inter­action of digital games. As their earlier game Ruins showed, the stu­dio has a pen­chant for the poetic and the dream­like, and you’ll find those ele­ments in spades in their latest (and current­ly on­going) work Ken­tucky Route Zero. It’s an adven­ture game in five parts — the first re­leased in Decem­ber 2012, with later instal­ments to fol­low this year.

Harlequin Valentine, or Lustprinzip & Todestrieb

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Recent­ly I had a dream where­in I was re­peated­ly meet­ing a dark-hair­ed wo­man, pre­domi­nant­ly in my work­place and other day-to-day en­viron­ments. On a very lit­eral level - as far as any such thing exists in dreams - it was just some­one who appear­ed to take plea­sure in my com­pany and who came to see me often, me enjoy­ing her com­pany and the atten­tion it brought, but not desi­ring any rela­tions bey­ond friend­ship. My self-effa­cing side would say she was a pro­jec­tion of lat­ent nar­cissism. How­ever, on an emo­tional and sym­bolic level, there was a deeper attrac­tion, but at the same time a mor­tal fear or sense of danger. This see­ming­ly nor­mal woman was at some non-appar­ent level a femme fatale.

Ruins: Digital Dream Poetry

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This is going to be a very brief im­pres­sion, but there’s an­other game I wanted to share with you. Ruins, deve­loped by Card­board Com­puter, is a new dig­ital art piece in which you con­trol a dog, Agatha, who cha­ses a num­ber of white rab­bits in a dream­like land­scape which is do­min­ated by ruins, trees, fog, and piano.