Monday, August 8th, 2011

Play "David Cameron Gets Shirty: The Videogame"

"Text-based adventure games are often perceived as a pixelated debacle of trolls, orcs and wizards, testing the patience of the player as they travel down a road stolen from Tolkein’s imagination. However, a little known independent video games developer named Mark Richards, has reinvented the turn based genre by adding the raucous ruling of politics into the mix. He has reconstructed the parliamentary roleplaying that is the Prime Minister’s Questions, into a homemade pixelated game."
—Somebody go try this out and let me know how it is.

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deepomega (#1,720)

Answer: Pretty good! I'm a sucker for fucking with gameplay mechanics and explanations to tell the story, so to speak, and (spoiler alert!) all the answers you can give as the PM are basically irrelevant. It is a game in which the pointlessness is the point. Plus it underscores the gaminess of even having such a fake question-and-answer thing in politics, etc. Play it!

Matt (#26)

Worst 4:20 post ever.

deepomega (#1,720)

(Also, adventure games now are the bleeding edge of hypertext and metafiction and etc. – go play Spider and Web or really any of the games on that page to see what I mean. Interactive fiction is great!)

BadUncle (#153)

@deepomega What's the difference between these and, say, a MUD or MOO from Days of Yore, good fellow?

deepomega (#1,720)

@BadUncle: Interactive fiction (which is the preferred term nowadays) is generally short-form, narratively-focused and independently produced by people who are closer to writers than game makers. Usually there isn't much fighting or experience-gathering, and more exploration and problem-solving.

katherine (#10,025)

@deepomega For fuck's sake, this lede. This is the equivalent of "POW! BIFF! Comic books aren't just for unwashed nerds anymore!" or possibly "Hey guys I hear REAL PEOPLE PLAY VIDEO GAMES THESE DAYS, lol world of warcraft though." Yeah, I'm biased, considering I have both played and written IF, but seriously.

Jillsy Sloper (#12,648)

@deepomega Spider and Web is fantastic. I played it when I was on a low-powered computer with no internet connection for a week, but I recommend it any time.

deepomega (#1,720)

@Jillsy Sloper: Finally, a person who has played it and isn't me! It is not only good, it is Important.

/nerdrage on
The article's author would have you believe it's a text-based adventure game, but it's not, in the strict sense. Text-based adventure games only have text, regardless of what Wikipedia would have you think, so it's a graphic adventure game, because it has graphics. There is an actual difference and THEY ARE DIFFERENT GENRES, and yet you namedrop Monkey Island, so OBVIOUSLY YOU HAVE A CLUE BUT NOT ENOUGH OF ONE, stupid writer. Anyway, HOW APPROPRIATE, YOU FIGHT LIKE A COW.
/nerdrage off, breathes heavily into paper bag

riotnrrd (#840)

There, there. Go do a quick Tourist ascension in Nethack and come back when you're feeling better.

katherine (#10,025)

@riotnrrd Now that's just mean. At least let him be a valkyrie.

@katherine, @riotnrrd : Perhaps I can introduce you to something we call "Dwarf Fortress Adventure Mode"? No, no, your lack of Vitamin D is thanks enough.

deepomega (#1,720)

@Gef the Talking Mongoose: dsahfsjaldksa Did you see the writeup about DF in the NYT a few weeks ago?

@deepomega : Yes! And it was actually quite good! (mostly because it managed to both give a good notion of the game and elide most of the overwhelming detail)

jfruh (#713)

>stab ed millbrand

What do you want to stab ed millbrand with?


You don't have a knife.

>get knife

There is no knife here.

>stab ed millbrand with glass

You don't have a glass.

>get glass

A pint glass? Isn't that a bit working class?


You depart the Prime Ministership in disgust, leaving a hapless Nick Clegg in charge.

You have scored 0 out of possible 450 points. Play again (Y/N)?

deepomega (#1,720)


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