Thursday, March 8, 2018

Some games are too real

After All These Years is a tiny two-person RPG from the Indie Megamix Mixtape about the relationship of being a parent and child.

It’s super simple. One player is the parent and the other is the child. After filling out a very simple questionnaire that helps define relationships, you take turns framing scenes from twelve cards that describe high and low points in the relationship. The game ends when someone picks ‘The Day You Lost Me’

All Through These Years is simple, heartfelt and looks like it would be very effective as a game. And I never want to play it.

The biggest part of my life is being a daddy. That’s a huge part of who I am. I am going to live through all these highs and lows anyway and the thought of gut wrenching game about them isn’t appealing.

(And, yes, I know. I am assuming I’ll play the role of the parent in the game. Is it bad that I can’t imagine it any other way?)

All Through These Years reads like a beautiful little poem and I bet it would play like one as well. I appreciate the game for what it is. I just don’t want to play it.

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