• The Beginner's Guide: Screen zum Spiel.
  • The Beginner's Guide: Screen zum Spiel.
  • The Beginner's Guide: Screen zum Spiel.
  • The Beginner's Guide: Screen zum Spiel.
  • The Beginner's Guide: Screen zum Spiel.
  • The Beginner's Guide: Screen zum Spiel.
  • The Beginner's Guide: Screen zum Spiel.
  • The Beginner's Guide: Screen zum Spiel.
  • The Beginner's Guide: Screen zum Spiel.
  • The Beginner's Guide: Screen zum Spiel.
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Über das Spiel

The Beginner's Guide ist ein narratives Spiel von Davey Wreden, dem Entwickler von The Stanley Parable (2013). Gespielt wird aus der Ego-Ansicht und Wreden kommentiert durchweg das Geschehen. Der Spieler spielt eine Reihe von Spiele-Prototypen eines Entwicklers namens Coda, von dem Wreden ein großer Fan war, bis dieser 2011 plötzlich aufhörte, Spiele zu entwickeln. Als Spieler folgt man nun der Entwicklungsgeschichte von Coda und begibt sich dabei unter den Kommenatren von Wreden auch auf eine Art Beziehungsanalyse über das Verhältnis zwischen Coda und Wreden.

Systemanforderungen

  • CPU: 3.0 GHz P4, Dual Core 2.0 (or higher) or AMD64X2 (or higher)
  • GFX: Video card must be 128 MB or more and should be a DirectX 9-compatible with support for Pixel Shader 2.0b (ATI Radeon X800 or higher / NVIDIA GeForce 7600 or higher / Intel HD Graphics 2000 or higher - *NOT* an Intel Express graphics card).
  • RAM: 2 GB RAM
  • Software: Windows Vista/7/8/8.1/10
  • HD: 4 GB available space
  • DX: DirectX 9.0c compatible
  • LANG: Deutsch, Englisch, Französisch, Spanisch, Russisch
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Weniger ein Spiel als eine Wunder rübergebrachte Geschichte.
Absolut Empfehlenswert.
Am besten in einem Durchgang durchspielen.
Dauer: 1,5-2 h je nachdem wie viel Zeit man sich beim Umschauen/Erkunden lässt.
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Habe es gerade zu ende gespielt und denke noch immer darüber nach. Ich glaube das ist auch, was das Spiel erreichen will: Den Spieler zum nachdenken anregen. Es gibt Anspielungen auf so viele interessante Themen wie selbstzweifel, frustration und das Gefühl, die dinge die man tut, falsch zu machen.

Ich als Artist habe mich da zum teil auch wiedergefunden und kenne alle diese Gefühle. Werde es definitiv nochmal erneut spielen und hoffe dann, das ich endlich den tieferen Sinn verstehe. Klare kaufempfehlung. Das Spiel ist eine interessante Reise, durch eine Story, die einen auch noch nach dem Spielen beschäftigt. Klasse gemacht!
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I am not going to pretend to understand everything that I just went through, but I will say I wish there were more games like this one that could make me just feel. Not happy or sad but just feel.
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Note: This review is Story-Spoiler-Free! Enjoy!

If you're looking for something with substantial gameplay, look away. You'll find none of that here. If you're looking for a very enjoyable narrative that's reasonably more engaging than walking simulators like Dear Esther, and actually makes sense as a game, then you've come to the right place.

The Beginner's Guide is a game from the same person behind the Stanley Parable, but it's nothing like the Stanley Parable. It's not a comedy, and you don't have any choices here. You're simply following a narrative about 2 people. Davey, the compiler of the game as a whole, and Coda, the mysterious figure behind creating all the games within this compilation. The entire game is narrated by Davey, re-telling the story of how he knew Coda, and about Coda's strange games, and what he felt was the meaning behind them. I can't delve much further into the story without entirely spoiling it, so I'll stop here, but rest assured, there are quite a few intersting twists and turns the story takes that keep it engaging throughout the games short run time. Oh, yeah, the game's only around 1 and a half hours long. Like I said, it's really more of a story than it is a game. This isn't really something all that replayable, though a second run through can totally be fun when knowing how things turned out at the end.

The actual gameplay is comprised of moving from place to place, and warping between different area to different area, and either completing minor objectives, or simply making your way through and admiring the surrounding environment. It's extremely simple, and as long as you have basic competency in typical FPS controls, you should have no issues here. There is no risk of harm in the game, and it is suitable for basically everyone. There is some swearing, but there's no overly gratuitous violence or whatever.

As I mentioned before, Davey provides narration during almost the entire game, and it really is quite wonderful. He's got a pleasant voice and a clear and fun manner of speaking. The voice acting is exceptional, and it honestly does feel as though this person is talking through their heart. When they talk about something strange, they sound confused. When they are talking about something sad, it really does feel as though they are emotionally devastated. You can tell that Davey was putting his all into creating a convincing performance here, and it's really easy to become immersed into the Story, and understand the same feelings Davey is experiencing at the time. At the same time, there are moments in the game where this is really turned on its head, and it does come as a bit of a shock when this happens. The game does a reasonably good job of not being predictable, which is pretty important for a game like this.

The thing that makes this stand out from other similar titles is that it actually uses the idea that this is a video-game to fuel the narrative extremely well. This isn't something that could have just as easily been done as a short film, it only really works as a game. The level of interactivity isn't particularly high other than moving around, but the story only makes sense within the context of a playable game. That's not to say there is nothing but walking, a fair few of the environments have interesting ideas in them, like, as an early example, only being able to walk backwards, and experiencing the narrative through this limitation. Each of the games within the game are different, and though you won't be doing anything that relies on having technical skill, it stays interesting through a good amount of variety.

I can't really delve in any further that what I've already said. This really is something that you should buy and play for yourself. I wouldn't even read the reviews if I were... oh wait.

Seriously though. It's a pretty cool and enjoyable way to spend a part of your evening, even if it won't last much longer than that.

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Great story type game, definitely worth it. It gets very sad at the end but hey, what's a story without a sad part.
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Wow, Not as expected. Play the Game, You'll Feel things 10/10.
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i'm not sure but motivated me to beat this 4 times in 1 week but i did and it was fun
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You're searching for a solution that isn't there.
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I just finished the game and it left me speechless. I felt empty, I felt every goddamn desperate thoughts and emotion mentioned.

If you gonna play this: don't rush, take your time.
play it at night, when you're peaceful.

[spoiler] When Code tried to speak that photographer and failed, then he just imprisoned himself again and again. That shit hit me really hard.
And when the narrator realises what he had done, the question appeared on the minds: Are we really want to help that person in need or is it only for getting approval from your environment? Do we really care that person? [/spoiler]
nvm, I'm gonna go cry and think for a while.
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This game is a wild ride from start to finish. I identified it far too much for my own liking. 10/10
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Legitimately don't know what to put here except that this game must be played by everyone.
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I felt things. 12/10
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This game feels like a piece of modern art. The abstract visuals and limited sound design give the game a eerie vibe. But in combination with the narration and the story that the game is telling you it makes you feel things that you can't really explain. Beautiful game.
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The Beginner's Guide, created by the same fellow that wrote The Stanley Parable, is a wonderful, horrific insight into the fragility of the human conscience. It's short, simple, but incredibly powerful. It'll make you feel a very wide array of feelings as you journey through the very complicated history of a man and his 'friend.'

You could probably beat it in an hour or so, so decide if you wanna wait for a sale or not before purchasing. Either way, it's a wonderful little story-driven, single player experience through the various states of the human mind.
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A very short game where you go through several maps created with the Source engine, listen to the narrator and occasionally interact with the environments which seem quite surreal.

First it’s about things associated with game developing. Then it’s about solitude, depression. Finally about friendships, your own outlook on life, and perceiving other people’s motives. No ground-breaking discoveries there, but it might get you wondering a bit anyway.

It’s definitely not as clever and polished as The Stanley Parable, but it can serve as a nice introduction to it. Also, the topics are much broader here, although the overall take is much less optimistic, forget about funny.

I’d recommend it if you’re into psychology area, gaming development or plan to play the great Stanley Parable at some point. 6/10
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This is by far, the most emotional game I have ever played.

It's brilliant.

But I do not recommend playing it purely out of the principle of what it is, and what it achieves.
It's comparable to reading a stranger's diary.
Play this if you have an open mind. If you have empathy, and can be objective as well as subjective - and REALIZE that - at the same time.

I will never forget this.
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The way you have to enjoy this game is like a movie. It's short, you can play it multiple times, but is ultimately worth the price.
I don't really want to go into huge depth on why The Beginner's Guide is so good, but I would highly implore you to play.
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The Beginner's Guide is one of the most unique and cohesive walking simulators ever made. It's been nearly 5 years since I watched a playthrough of TBG and felt it was about time I revisited it. The pacing, narration and atmosphere are simple and without fault. Most importantly though, the overarching story and themes tackled throughout the 90 minute runtime of The Beginner's Guide are what makes it such a memorable experience.

It would be amiss to spoil any of the story or list the themes in this review. Just know that The Beginner's Guide tells a great story that's very well written. It's a walking sim that encourages you to think and is one of the most unique, introspective pieces of fiction I've played through.
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I enjoyed it. It's an interesting and haunting narrative experience.
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This is a really a story narration combined with a walking simulator.....and it packs a punch.
The way the game unfolds can be a bit tedious, but it visually chops and changes, so you don't get bored. It is a story of a relationship between 2 men and highlights the need within ourselves to be someone important. We tend to compare ourselves harshly with others.
It also highlights the assumptions, judgements and interpretations we can have about someone...and the effects and consequences this can have on the relationship. This is followed by the self-realisation of your own needs and actions driven by pride and ego...and the atonement you have to make.
We are all different and react in different ways. Therefore it is beholden to us all to accept one another as we are because we have so much to learn from each other. I'll get down from my soap box now!!
This was just over 2 hours play. No action, but can depress some people with its content. 6/10
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The Beginner's Guide is a short introspective title about the process of creation and human frailty.

It is absolutely worth your time.
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i love this game, more than myself.
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Single handedly convinced me that games can be art.
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A delightful little experience about game development, depression and validation. Loved every second of it.
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Really interesting meta gameplay, has a significant point to make....like The Stanley Parable, really uses the form to send a philosophical message and I am so down for that. (Actual GAMEPLAY light, but that's not the point of this one.) Definitely worth the time.
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It is not a game. It is an experience. Remember how it felt when you get lost in your favourite book, where written words created world, emotions, personalities and mystery? The beginners guide is something like that....
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This is one of the best games I've played in my life so far. This game meant a lot to me. Such that I've already played it countless times and I find myself going back to it now and then. I highly recommend it to anyone, specially those who are keen of game development.
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This game is less of a a game, it's more an experience. It'll trigger your emotions. What else is there to say? Get the game for yourself.
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Amazing, best played by yourself when times are quiet.
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Spoiler Alert!

I first played The Beginner’s Guide in the summer of 2017. It was the first walking simulator I ever played, before which my knowledge of such games was very limited. I witnessed the tale of a man’s turbulent fallout with a former friend accompanied by a wistful soundtrack and minimalistic visuals. An article or two informed me of the game’s subtext, and that was it.

Fifty walking simulators later, I revisited this game— if not more than to experience some pretty music and pretty scenery. My initial experience? It didn’t age well. Davey’s constant interjections remind me of an eager kid who cannot restrain himself from telling you absolutely everything about the movie he is showing you. (I still think we could’ve had a little less Davey without compromising the game’s integrity.) After familiarizing myself with abstract indie games that offer no explanation, I felt like my hand was being held by a game aptly titled, “The Beginner’s Guide.” But although it might’ve felt a little “tell, not show”-y at times, upon reaching the ending the second time, I realized I had been approaching it wrong all along.

The game truly makes sense when the player makes this realization: The Beginner’s Guide isn’t about Coda, it’s about Davey. We’re seeing the world as Davey sees it. We’re being fed his thoughts, and we’re presented Coda’s games to fit Davey’s narrative. The moment we realize that Davey is an unreliable narrator, the better viewpoint we have in order to understand the game. Knowing Davey is unreliable, and that Davey (as a character) also created this game, the game itself is unreliable as well. The audience must maintain some impartiality in analyzing both Coda’s games and Davey’s interpretations of them. The many contradictions, peculiarities, and biases found in Davey’s dialogue makes me appreciate how, despite the casual delivery of his words, The Beginner’s Guide is astonishingly precise.

The Beginner’s Guide is a game with three layers, all of which are thoroughly enjoyable in their own right. The first, and the most simple to understand, is to follow Davey’s journey at face value, to experience the game as he presents it. The game, at this level, still stands amongst the best walking simulators. It’s serene at times, and equally dreamlike, but more importantly, blossoming with meaning. Interpreting Coda’s games under the lens of depression (as Davey does) makes for a powerful experience. Given how accurate its depictions of mental illness are, I’m not surprised how Davey mistook these uncanny resemblances as fact.

The second layer occurs upon the second playthrough, after the realization at the end of the first. We take one step back and now view Davey as a character, just as much as Coda is. We can analyze the push and pull of their relationship, the situation they’ve found themselves in, and notice the ways in which Davey is sorely mistaken. Discovering the several points in which Davey unintentionally harms Coda over the course of the game sheds new light on how it all went wrong. Listen more closely, and you will be rewarded.

The third and final option is to step all the way back until everything comes into view. To view the game as a whole: the metaanalysis, the implications, and the intended purpose.

So what is The Beginner’s Guide really saying?

This game is a cautionary tale about art criticism. It’s a story about the boundaries of interpretation, and the human consequences that could happen when you cross them. To understand all of this, we must understand that art, unlike, say, the hard sciences, is a world of subjectivity. The ways we create, consume, and interpret art are highly dependent on our brains, which are molded by our ever-changing environment and biology. So when an artist creates a work of art, they infuse their subjectivity into that art. The art is thus a product of the artist. This much is well understood; it’s really common sense. But what about the art critic? When the critic judges a work of art on their own terms, it’s exactly the same. The critic’s interpretation is as much a reflection of the critic as art is a reflection of the artist. As much as a critic strives for objectivity, their work is, in a way, art nonetheless.

So what does this have anything to do with The Beginner’s Guide?

Davey is the critic, and Coda is the artist. Davey’s primary failing is the lack of self-awareness, to realize the limitations of criticism. His interpretations of Coda’s art are tainted because they are viewed through his experiences. To have subjective criticism is one thing, but to use that subjective interpretation to infer, Freud-style, Coda’s innermost thoughts and desires is a grave overestimation of the capabilities of such analysis. To put it simply, Davey overanalyzed Coda’s work, took his observations, and ran a marathon with them.

But make no mistake, this isn’t to invalidate all forms of criticism (or to think this game is exempt from analysis). To interact with art is completely fine. A critic is well within their rights to derive whatever they want from a work of art, or come up with interpretations of Coda’s work a hundred times more outlandish than Davey’s. But when we leapfrog from conclusions about the art to conclusions about the artist, we must treat our conclusions with a delicate approach. The problem is not that Davey views Coda’s games through the lens of depression; but since this lens is one amongst an infinite number of lenses to choose from, to treat his conclusions as gospel and (more importantly) to publicize and preach Coda’s supposed mental illness, is wrong.

Aside from this, there are many other lessons to be drawn from this game. Don’t obsess over someone else’s art. Don’t intrude on personal space. Listen to others. There are several theories floating about, too. But whether you believe that Coda is real, Coda is Davey, or they are one and the same, the aspect of the message that I elucidated above remains the same.

The Beginner’s Guide is a game with simplistic and guided elements while simultaneously exhibiting layers of maturity and complexity underneath. In reality, it’s not groundbreaking in message; concepts such as the nature of art and the idea of the “critic as an artist” have been well explored in aesthetics for decades. However, it is The Beginner’s Guide that uniquely illuminates and explores such ideas with emotional resonance, a contemporary touch, and with endlessly rich complexity.
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thanks red. it's not easy to talk about this game. but it's incredible.
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This is an outstanding game. Despite it having no real objective, The Beginner's Guide is a real experience that everyone should play. There aren't many games like this and that's what makes it interesting.
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I understand what the developer was going for, but I did not find it fun. It needs to be understood as a narrative experience, similar to the Stanley Parable but much more serious.
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This is one of the most powerful, and meaningful games I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing. This is more than just a game to me. Within the first few minutes I was floored, captivated, and filled with more emotions than I can begin to describe.

I didn't realize it when I was playing it, but I NEEDED this game. It moved me, and I even shed a few tears while playing, multiple times. If you are thinking about playing this game, please do it. 10/10
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Amazing.
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This game is quite... different from every other game I played, even more than Stanley Parable. It is quite short, takes about 100 minutes to play. That said, it feels completed and the ending is satisfying. There is not a lot of gameplay besides walking, but the abstract scenery and the narration keep it interesting and engaging. The idea itself is very interesting and leaves a lot of room for interpretation.
While I personally think that Stanley Parable is the better experience, i also think that this game deserves to be experienced as well. 8/10
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i miss who I was when I was lonely
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This is not a review.
You should not review this game.
If you do, you missed the point


Just play the game for yourself, it is really good.
Please.
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me dumb now me little less dumb
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The less said, the better.

This is a 90 minute experience, a deep insight in reflections of a creative mind where meta-textual links are inevitably drawn between artistic frustrations and how we are perceived by others.

It crashed my soul for the remainder of the day.
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The Beginners Guide comes from the same guy who brought us the brilliant Stanley Parable. Where the Stanley Parable had a more light hearted and humorous feel to it, The Beginners Guide is a bit different.

It explores the relationship the creator who narrates the game through exploring these short abstract levels that were designed by a friend called Coda. Through these levels the narrator tries to gain an understanding of his friend and what he was thinking and feeling at the times he made each level. I won't spoil the latter part of the game but it does arrive at an interesting conclusion.

Yes the Beginners Guide is short and your interaction with each level is pretty limited to just walking and occasionally interacting with something, but I still really enjoyed the story it tells and the lessons that arise from it. Plus the levels you explore are quite interesting visually in a games meets abstract art sort of way.

It is worth playing through in one sitting if you can. I wouldn't recommend it to everyone but if it sounds intriguing to you then give it a go.
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This is the closest thing we will have to the Human Instrumentality Project.
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The Beginner's Guide isn't so much a game as an interactive experience, but it is a meaningful experience. It doesn't require much physical input, but it demands your attention and engagement. I've played through a few times and every time I take away something different, new and special.
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A game that takes you on a journey - a psychological journey - maybe slower than you might like - maybe too much - or, worse, not enough - there is something deep here, but it is not a game. it is art. But art with a message that has emotion. Enjoy it. It has the thing that makes The Shining and 2001: A Space Odyssey work - more than is on the screen... Yet... still... indulgent.
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Been coming back to this game fairly often recently. It is a realistic but an indirect story that reminds you not everything is fixable, some things can never be fixed. You just need to adapt to what's going on. If you 're going through a rough time or just feeling lost/confused in general about life, I can't recommend this game enough.
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I come back once in a while just to play the House game again.
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Please. I'm fading. And all I want is to know that I'm going to be okay.

The Beginner's Guide is a game about games. Someone else's games. Over-analyzed by a narrator, but, in the end you may learn something about him... and you.

Do not expect any gameplay, you will mostly walk and sometime push some levers, but emotionally speaking, The Beginner's Guide can really push hard. I can not reveal much without spoiler. Try it.
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Verfasst: 09.10.20 22:16
yeah it made me cry i guess
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Verfasst: 11.10.20 23:55
this is a game you play for two hours

and think about the rest of your life
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Verfasst: 06.10.20 21:51
I still feel a mix of being both emotionally charged and emotionally drained. If you like games that make you feel something, then you will like this. Don't look up anything more about the game until you have finished it. You need to experience it as something completely new and unknown. It will only take you about an hour and a half to complete, but I have a feeling it will stay with you indefinitely, so I don't consider it a short game for that reason.

It's very different from the Stanley Parable, but if I didn't know it was made by the same person, I would've linked back to it. There is a similar feeling of unease to both games. Sort of like an outer body experience. But where the Stanley Parable has a lot of humour and lightheartedness, the Beginner's Guide feels intensely sad and desperate. And it really did make me feel that way. There were parts of the game that made me feel so uneasy, and other parts which I played with a constant frown on my face. It was a solid visual interpretation of anxiety and depression.

Don't go into this game expecting the Stanley Parable 2. I think that's where a lot of the negative reviews come from. This game has one ending, and there aren't places where you can change things or veer off track. If the game tells you to do something, it won't progress until you do the thing. And it's more like an interactive movie than a game. You are simply listening to a story while you walk around the scenery. There will be people who won't like the game for that reason. And there are other people who will find it hugely effective and immersive, as I did.
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Verfasst: 24.10.20 16:57
Stop adding lampposts to my games.
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Verfasst: 24.10.20 02:42
[h1]A Masterpiece[/h1]

While its whimsical tale of a narrator consistently butting heads with an unpredictable player character was funny, it also touched on more universal themes like the nature of free will, the void between thought and action, and the conflicting internal monologues that drive, confuse, and haphazardly guide us through life. It was heady stuff, but tackled in a cutesy package that primarily satirised conventional game design. Wreden's sophomore effort, The Beginner's Guide, dials down the humour, nixes the satire, and cranks the meta narrative up to 11 in one of gaming's most overtly autobiographical commercial projects.

Much like The Stanley Parable, The Beginner's Guide is a linear first-person game shorn of conventional mechanics like combat or puzzles (besides a single, relatively easy one early on). It also has a narrator commenting on your journey. That's where the similarities end.

This time out, the narrator isn't an enthusiastic Englishman, but rather Wreden playing himself. Wreden explains that he's here to show off the works of his friend, Coda, an enigmatic figure with a penchant for unique, experimental games. Coda is an odd duck, however, in that he never shows his games to anyone. He makes them, deletes them, then makes more. Wreden hypothesises that we can get to know this man through his work, so off we go cataloguing the digital scrapbook of this hermetic oddball.

It's a fascinating premise that flips the way we usually think about games. Typically video games present worlds that we're meant to buy into. They usually contain their own lore, characters, mechanics and stories. Even more abstract titles like Journey, Rez or El Shaddai have a thematic or metaphorical consistency that guides us through their fantastical settings. With The Beginner's Guide, however, we're not meant to make sense of Coda's postmodern landscapes on their own terms, but rather to use them to paint a picture of the person who made them.

As such, The Beginner's Guide is actually a character study. Coda is one of gaming's most intriguing, mysterious figures. His games tend to deal with themes of alienation, self-doubt, obsession, depression and occasionally giddy mania. At one point he becomes obsessed with making games about various abstract interpretations of prisons, another title is a tranquil love letter to the simple pleasures of household chores, and one project mockingly uses fake online player notes scattered around a cavern as a metaphor for loneliness. Some of these games aren't particularly interesting on their own, but when splayed out in an anthology they start to tell the story of who this person really is.

Despite this, The Beginner's Guide isn't about Coda as much as it is about Wreden, the young developer from Sacramento who went from a nobody to a minor celebrity after releasing only one game. Wreden is obsessed with Coda; he's in awe of the man's rampant idea generation, unconventional design choices, and most importantly his aversion to seeking validation. Wreden's stubborn journey to understand this unique creature through their work is as captivating as the work itself - perhaps even more so.

What makes The Beginner's Guide work so well is that Wreden's quest is an inexorably human one that touches upon several universal struggles: How do you get to know someone who doesn't want to be known? How do you respond to a seemingly kindred spirit who may not be as relatable as we think? How do we interpret others by placing ourselves in their shoes when we're still trapped in our own heads?

It's a shockingly personal look into Wreden's psyche and the more we learn about his in-game persona and friend, the more we grow to care - and quite frankly worry - about the person who made this. Some will no doubt argue that it's self-indulgent, but I for one appreciate its rawness. Wreden doesn't hold back on his complex - and not always flattering - feelings about his plight in recent years, which makes The Beginner's Guide a gut-wrenching experience at times.

The Beginner's Guide is one of the most daring and creative commercial games to come out in a good long while. Some may call it pretentious or navel-gazing, and people could argue that its tight, linear design and scripted narration almost feel like an interactive LiveJournal entry. But when it's told with this level of craft and imagination I simply don't care. The Beginner's Guide's provocative imagery and personal prose set it apart from just about anything else out there. Those interested in how to tell personal stories in interactive media without resorting to waxy-faced NPCs or collectible audio diaries will find Wreden's latest a masterclass in character-driven storytelling. 10/10
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Verfasst: 02.10.20 19:11
A short game, well, is it a game? I'd suggest everybody try this. A philosophical and meta analysis of game design, theory, and a touch upon psychology with engaging narration which builds to a worthwhile conclusion. This description doesn't do it justice, and the price per hour ratio may seem bad, but with this game, quality time is what you are getting. Overall this game has existed in my head, and my further thinking long after playing, I feel as though I am still benefiting from the game since completing, and the game has changed and informed my outlook on video games, design, and life. I like to analyse games, and understand why people create, and also, just what constitutes a game. This game is art, but art which does not push itself into being pompous, or excessive. This game, despite being high-brow and informed in content, approaches these topics with grace and accessibility, and makes for a thoroughly enjoyable and provoking experience.
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Verfasst: 27.09.20 11:04
umm.....wow....just play this game....not even game, this is an experience..pls...you can't review this properly,you have to see it
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Verfasst: 03.10.20 03:34
played it again to relive it's story.
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Verfasst: 02.11.20 19:56
dont read any comments. just play the game.
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Verfasst: 31.10.20 17:59
Short and sweet. It feels like something I shouldn't have played.
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Verfasst: 07.11.20 19:08
Before I get to my review, you need to play this game. My review hinges on the fact that you have played it and thought about it. If you decide to play the game, heed my advice:
- Even if you grow to hate the game as you play it for ANY reason, please stick through it until the end.
- Please don't refund it when you finish. I understand refunding a game when you hate it and don't want to finish it, but refunding a game you FINISH? That's just not fair.
- Understand that this is a 92 minute game that you will think about for the rest of your life.

After you have played this game, my actual review is below (with spoiler tags):
To be honest, this game may not have hit me as hard simply for the fact I didn't [spoiler]relate to the narrator the same way others did.[/spoiler] A lot of the emotional strength of this game RELIES on that. [spoiler]Relies on wanting to see yourself in others. Wanting to find meaning in things where there are none, even at the cost of stretching the work itself to reach such a conclusion. It sadly doesn't work if you've never experienced these things.[/spoiler]
I think that this game has very important meaning and messages, especially concerning those who [spoiler]try to read the author through their work. The narrator of the game who says you'll be playing through these games to learn more about Coda is the VILLAIN in the end. That in itself speaks volumes of how foolish it would be to repeat his actions.[/spoiler]

[spoiler]Also, Coda isn't real. Davey is a fictional character based on the actual Davey. Interviews involving Davey show that plenty of the things he feels are the things you can see reflected in Coda's games. Especially the one involving the press. Given how Coda never wanted his games to be public, having one of his games revolve around the PRESS seems... odd, no? I do believe Davey truly had a falling out with a friend who inspired the events of this game, I do not believe that Davey ACTUALLY sold his friends games on Steam for 10 dollars. Davey is not ACTUALLY an asshole. Please don't harass him.[/spoiler]

[spoiler]I believe that the message of the game is to not read the author using their work, much like how Davey attempts to do with Coda. The same way the people who believe Coda to be real and Davey to be an asshole are reading too much about the author from their work alone. Not listening to what the game was trying to tell them.[/spoiler]
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Verfasst: 24.11.20 05:54
Up front, you absolutely should play the game blind your first time. No review reading. It's a 92 minute journey that has stuck with me every year since I played it.

I would also like to confess that I only recently purchased it for myself, having played it the first and only time from a pirated copy.
I purchased it via Humble Bundle, whom as of 9pm UTC-8, November 23rd 2020, is still selling Stanley Parable and Beginner's Guide for half price. If you want my recommendation, donate the rest to charity, but feel free to simply love the deal.

This game... Is a literal masterclass in character-driven storytelling. Even coming back years later, knowing some of the game's most beautiful and memorable setpieces were still rattling around in my mind, knowing the core drive to this day, it STILL hits just as strong, if not stronger as I've gotten older.

It's nothing short of one of the best products I've ever spent money on. I fully and completely encourage a playthrough of it.
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Verfasst: 15.11.20 03:58
I play this game every time at midnight when I feel lonely. It won't make me feel better, but make me feel like there is someone else out there that feel the same as I do.
[spoiler] 还是很想死的 [/spoiler]
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Verfasst: 05.11.20 03:35
I've never player anything as breathtaking and compelling as this game, its a game that helps us understand the human condition and better help ourselves self reflect, and treat others
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Verfasst: 07.11.20 00:42
This is an essentially feels like an interactive movie to me, but there is literally nothing like it. Going into the plot again after having played once before and knowing how the developer felt about the stanley parable makes the substitutes in game for real life alongside the narrator's own self doubts lathered in hypocricies shine really brightly. I realize this makes no sense out of context but the point is I heavily recommend. I bought at $5 during a sale myself.
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Verfasst: 09.11.20 04:40
Now this is something different. This game is about the art of video games, and how people interpret them. That's all I'm going to say about it. If you're at all interested in this game, I recommend you go into it completely blind like I did.
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Verfasst: 23.11.20 15:23
The game is short. But it's 100% worth the price. I don't want to say anything else as it will spoil the game, and i recommend playing it yourself instead of watching a playthrough.
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Verfasst: 26.11.20 23:36
play this shit then play stanley parable. believe me i wont let u down.
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~ DIFFICULTY ~
☑️ My 90 year old grandma could play it
???? Easy
???? Normal
???? Hard
???? Dark Souls

~ GRAPHICS ~

???? MS Paint
???? Bad
???? Meh
☑️ Graphics don't matter in this game
???? Good
???? Beautiful
???? Masterpiece

~ MUSIC ~

???? Bad
???? Not special
☑️ Good
???? Beautiful

~ STORY ~

???? This game has no story
???? Like playing Temple Runners for the story
???? It's there for the people who want it
???? Well written
☑️ Epic story

~ PRICE ~

???? Free
???? Underpriced
☑️ Perfect Price
???? Could be cheaper
???? Overpriced
???? Complete waste of money

~ REQUIREMENTS ~

???? You can run it on a microwave
☑️ Average
????High end
???? NASA computer

~ BUGS ~
☑️ Perfect
???? Somewhat
???? Bad
???? Infested
???? Fallout 76 on release

~ LENGTH ~

☑️Very Short (0 - 3 hours)
???? Short (3 - 15 hours)
???? Average (15-50 hours)
???? Long (50-90 hours)
????Extremely long (90-110 hours)
???? No ending

~ FUN ~

???? I'd rather watch paint dry
???? Hard to enjoy
???? Repetitive
???? Actually pretty amusing
☑️ Ride of your life

~ REPLAYABILITY~

☑️ It's a one-time experience
???? Only for achievements
???? If you wait a few months/years
???? Definitely
???? Infinitely replayable

~ AI ~
☑️ None
???? Terrible
???? Scripted
???? Good
???? Are these real people?

~ WORTH BUYING ~

???? No
???? Wait for sale
☑️ Yes
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Verfasst: 23.12.20 21:20
he just likes making prisons ...
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Verfasst: 24.12.20 20:24
As a creative, this game hits very close to home as I struggle with these similar issues- self-doubt, isolation and reclusivity, and Davey only brought forth these repressed feelings about myself and my own personal work. I have a lot to think about after playing this game, and I sincerely think this game will stick around with me for a very long time.

Thank you for this.
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Verfasst: 14.12.20 19:20
Cool walking simulator experience, feels almost like a documentary, I recommend playing through in 1 session (it's like an hour and a half). Probably better if you're high.
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Verfasst: 21.12.20 18:06
PLEASE PLAY THIS GAME OH MY GOD I BEG OF YOU
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Verfasst: 27.12.20 20:07
Friend gifted me this and man this is a really great game you need to play for yourself. It'll make you think.
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Verfasst: 27.12.20 18:48
Bit quirky, weird and short but very interesting game - makes you think
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Verfasst: 30.12.20 22:19
usually i'd make a really detailed review about the game telling you why you need to buy it.but for this game i can tell you only one thing without spoiling it:
this game hits really really hard...

id say thats money well spent
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Verfasst: 26.12.20 06:16
Immediately after playing it I feel as though it’s the best game I’ve ever played. Definitely the most emotional I’ve been. But it on sale and DON’T spoil anything for yourself. No game trailer, walkthrough, or anything. <3
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Verfasst: 24.12.20 04:47
Absolutely beautiful game. I initially discovered this game from jacksepticeyes playthrough and it's still one of if not my favourite video on his channel. when watching it I felt emotional for the game and Jacks' commentary, but the actually playing the game it hits harder and gives you more emotion. It hit so close to home for me as someone who also fears failure and feels like shit when I can't help a friend when upset. I will never forget this game for years to come and can not recommend this wonderful experience enough.
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Verfasst: 09.01.21 00:36
[h1]There's no such thing as a spoiler for this. [/h1]

There really isn't, because it's exactly what it appears to be and nowhere close to what it appears to be. It's bizarre, interesting, and engaging from the very beginning of the game to the very end. After playing it, you will immediately want to buy it for everyone you know, should you have the money to do so.

[h1]As an artist...[/h1]

I've had more than a small share of success within various creative pursuits, to the extent that it makes up a pretty sizable chunk of my yearly income. Not all of it, but it would definitely buy me a couch and a hoodie, and a lot of the dialog hits the nail pretty close to the head about being an artist.

It also deals with identity issues and the subject of ego, which are extremely prevalent subjects to any artist. There's no such thing as artistry without an ego, and anyone who would say otherwise either isn't an artist or just needs to pack up all of the critiques in a bag and move on.

[h1]Interesting[/h1]

I feel like I want more and more from this developer, simply because their games are impeccable and bizarre. As with The Stanley Parable, this has some of the best sound direction and dialog I've ever heard in a game and I hope to see more from them.
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Verfasst: 18.01.21 03:28
Amazing. If action and easily fed storylines are you cup of energy juice, you'll not like this. If you enjoy meta madness and inside-out questions, this will be right up your street. It's thought provoking, questioning and created in a way which can make you have conflict with your own observations. It's really quite a masterpiece, in my opinion. I loved it. But that opinion in itself is almost a reflection of what this game, or art work, is about. Because this is a work of art, or meta art. It's brilliant. Even now it's bending my mind writing this review. Wow. I'm going to stop reviewing it.
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Verfasst: 06.01.21 19:41
This is a game everyone should play at least once. You won't benefit from reading about it, you won't benefit from watching someone else play it. It's an experience that you should make your own.
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ive played a lot of good games with meaning full storys and meaning. but this is the first game where after i was done i had to sit and only think to myself for a a few minuits. this game (no joke) changed how i see myself. i could keep going on but no words can put out how much this game- no, how this expirence connected with me. it wont click with everyone sure but it did with me deeply.
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Verfasst: 17.01.21 10:10
8.5/10

+ Personal and introspective. To me, this game feels like a [spoiler] subtle attempt to impose form on Davey's inner chaos. [/spoiler]

+ Short but meaningful.

+ Very peculiar and dreamlike (in the good kind of way).
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i am sad
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Verfasst: 08.01.21 23:30
A tale of two game creators, told through the medium of video games. Touches the core of human perfection, as well as the core of human insecurity. It's a work of art, and if you would like to partake in it, you will most likely be glad you did.
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Verfasst: 13.01.21 01:07
An interesting follow-up to The Stanley Parable, and just a solid way to spend an evening.
Highly recommended.
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A deeply personal, thought-provoking work that serves as (among other things) a celebration of the ’90s/early ’00s modding scene.
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just play it
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Verfasst: 22.02.21 06:42
Interesting character study turned into the saddest TED talk I ever heard.
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Verfasst: 25.02.21 19:04
an unorthodox gem

[h1] 4/5 [/h1]
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Verfasst: 07.03.21 16:48
The story of two pretentious, self loathing pricks. I would be depressed too making pompous, boring and repetitive garbage in the source engine.
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Verfasst: 13.02.21 23:29
From the creator of The Stanley Parable: comes a experience so surreal that it's worth every penny of the $10.99 you spent on it
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Amazing narrative, giant leaps away from The Stanley Parable in a good way.
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Verfasst: 08.02.21 22:24
Great and short psychological game.
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Verfasst: 14.02.21 03:29
Davey Wreden's Coda
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:'(
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Change my whole perspective of life. This is a must.
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Verfasst: 13.03.21 16:26
unexpected ,simple ,deep
masterpiece
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Verfasst: 23.03.21 13:42
Well that was something different.
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Verfasst: 17.03.21 12:58
A powerful experince : ) (also made me cry)
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I got this game with the bundle for The Stanley Parable but Honestly I enjoyed this game a lot more if you love deep meaningful games you'll love this
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Verfasst: 05.04.21 13:44
fire experience, its totally worth the money if you consider it more like a ticket to an interactive film
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Verfasst: 26.03.21 10:04
The most hauntingly beautiful game I've ever played and a must play for anyone who likes narrative experiences. It's about as long as a movie and absolutely a worthwhile experience. 9/10. Only issue is some stutter when audio loads in. Beautiful on every level and an absolute gem that I cannot recommend enough people play.
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Verfasst: 07.04.21 19:21
I cried.
I sobbed.
I wept.
Video games are art.
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Verfasst: 25.03.21 16:21
video game make me cry wtf
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Verfasst: 21.04.21 10:02
I played this game way back in 2016 but never thought to leave a review. But it's a story that's stuck with me all these years. Even now, I'm still reminded of and moved by this game from time to time.
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Verfasst: 25.04.21 16:47
[h1]A very short story which is presented here, is not a subject to unambiguous interpretation. You may find a piece of yourself in it, and if so, you may be able to see that part from a new perspective.[/h1]
Will it be a better viewpoint, or you'll have to watch it through the bars on the window? It is impossible to draw any conclusions, because we are different people and you might find something different inside.

I apologise for writing this review in such way, like it's some kind of weird riddle, but this is the only right way in this specific case.
Because in the end there's not much of a game in this game.
Everything here is about a way of narration, and about how it paints the whole experience. The Beginner's Guide is just that, a reason to think for a moment, an experience. And to be honest, very ambivalent in my case, but I believe it was intended to leave such feeling.
This short review tells everything and nothing about this unique production, and still - this is the fairest way to describe this game.
Go for it, and experience The Beginner's Guide on your own. It's simply worth a bit of attention, and you might be surprised by what you'll find at the end of it.

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Verfasst: 16.05.21 03:23
The Beginner's Guide is a short walking simulator by the creator of The Stanley Parable. I didn't know much about it going into it, and I think not completely knowing what to expect adds to the experience, so I'll try to stick with just the information that will help decide whether the game is right for you.

Don't expect The Stanley Parable when you play this. There are a few similarities to The Stanley Parable, but overall it's a really different experience. The Beginner's Guide isn't funny and doesn't involve any story-changing choices. It's almost more like an interactive movie than a game. It also isn't very long. There's only one path and it took me not quite two hours to complete.

The Beginner's Guide gave me a lot to think about. It's a comment about art, both creating it and consuming it, and there were a number of different layers to the commentary and the story that's being told. There's also a lot of ambiguity, and I think that ambiguity can at times be confusing, but I think it also adds to the overall tone and atmosphere of the game.

Overall, I really enjoyed The Beginner's Guide. It wasn't very long and I'm not really sure you can even call it a game, but I enjoyed my experience with it. I definitely don't think it's for everyone, but I got a lot out of it. 9/10
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Verfasst: 20.04.21 10:07
If someone were to ask me what it means to be human this is what i'd reply with
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Verfasst: 10.05.21 14:37
I'm gonna be real; The Beginner's Guide is $14 (AUD), it's a walking simulator, runs for at most 2 hours long and with how sharp it cuts, you'll most likely only play it once (like me). But economically aside, this is one of my favourite games of all time and a testament to what games can do and be as a medium.

Go in blind.
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Verfasst: 20.04.21 23:53
wow
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Verfasst: 08.05.21 10:43
So, this is a though one. Because the first question from my perspective is, if The Beginners Guide (TBG) is really “a game”. I have seen that it has been labeled “a walking simulator” and maybe that is a real genre (?) and people enjoy something like that but I am unfamiliar with it. TBG clearly uses environments, stiles and mechanics that we know from games. It even references classical game design. But content wise you primarily move through the map while the narrator muses over game design, philosophy and the relationship to others and oneself. For me the question arises if it really is a calssical game, because usually in a game you have to defeat challenges and overcome obstacles, how simple (or stupeide) they may be. But the way I experienced it this is not the case with TBG. You move along listen to the narrator and walk through the (sometime deliberately simplistic, abstract or surreal) designed levels. As far as I can tell you can not really fail…

Do not get this wrong: It still is an interesting experience set in “a gaming environment”, but I would classifve it more as an artistic exploration of video games – first person controlled to be exact – and certain philosophical topics, then game in a classical sense.

Also, if you came here because you played “The Stanley Parable”, be aware that TBG is related in stile and especially philosophical approach but way different overall. Personally, I liked The Stanley Parable more because of the options and wit but that does not mean that TBG was not interesting.

So, what to expect? Well as mentioned before, you are walking to several very different designed levels – some of the are really interesting ideas and great concepts, like the prison cells – while the narrator that “shows you” these levels muses about the person that designed them, what certain designs could mean, their relationship and several philosophical questions. It is interesting but to be honest, in hindsight I have the impression that it is not “as deep” as it is sometimes made out to be. I found The Stanley Parable’s approach more intriguing and entertaining. Maybe even “more intelligent”. Also, I came away with the personnel impression, that the narrator in reality is a “Duch” that clocks himself in higher ideas and conepts to hide his one short comings. However, I would have to “play” TBG again a really watch out for these aspects to really judge him.

To complete TBG takes around 1,5 hours if I remember correctly. Because of the way it is structured you only have more “game time” if you run or stand around more.

Still, it is interesting and if you want to add a more philosophical artistic experience to your gaming experience this is certainly a nice way.
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Verfasst: 01.05.21 01:58
I always come back to this game when I feel lost. I recommend playing this without commentary at some point after finishing it.
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Verfasst: 30.04.21 14:35
Let me start this off by saying this game was not fun. I did not enjoy walking around forever in stale rooms. I did however, enjoy the story and listening to it unfold and reveal the nature of the surrounding scenes. This game isn't very emotional just because it's telling a sad story but it's telling a story that you can really connect to. This game wasn't fun, but it was great.

It's a walking simulator with narrative, and not much more besides that. It's short and worth the time spent to play it.
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Verfasst: 10.05.21 03:44
A game that's all about figuring out who this person is and interpreting that how ever you think makes the most sense to you. This game is a slow-paced story about a man who makes maps/games and this experience is all about seeing what he's made and understanding who he is as a person through his creations. It's all up to your interpretation. Furthermore, this is a very short game but I'd say it's a great game to really get a chance to see a man's views broken down into interesting places made by said person.
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Verfasst: 06.06.21 20:26
I won't say too much about this game because it's easy to spoil. Just go in blind and enjoy it.
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Verfasst: 05.06.21 04:38
No words that I have could possibly describe this game. The only way to know is to play it.
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Verfasst: 17.06.21 10:03
Videogames are Art, Stanley!!!!
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Verfasst: 22.06.21 01:53
This game felt more like art that gives you a deep emotional connection to it. I imagine this is how people felt when they would consume the first oil paintings or see marble statues for the first time. I'm leaving feeling sad, and feel like a know a person who made video games. Your art is beautiful, Thanks Koda.
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Verfasst: 18.06.21 23:02
Still keep coming back after all these years. What a experience.
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Verfasst: 06.06.21 13:57
Play it. No spoliers.
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Verfasst: 27.06.21 02:34
meta game design kino
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Verfasst: 25.06.21 00:18
Truly a great game, a good game to play through for a very good and meaningful experience.
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Verfasst: 06.06.21 15:01
No words that I have could possibly describe this game. The only way to know is to play it but by far the best $14 i have ever spent.
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Verfasst: 11.07.21 17:59
I hate it.
I hate how personal it felt.
I hate how I can relate to the narrator.
I hate recommending it as it's exactly what's not suppose to be done.
I love it.
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Verfasst: 12.07.21 09:36
THIS IS A MOVIE
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Verfasst: 20.07.21 02:00
The beginners guide is not a game. It is an experience similar to reading a book and walking through an art gallery. The story it tells is one that leaves you thinking, and if you're into that kind of stuff, this is for you.
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Verfasst: 15.07.21 15:05
I enjoyed this game for its arty existentialist approach. I found that there was a lot of psychological challenge in the game as well as its puzzles. I feel they were more puzzles of the mind and psyche rather than puzzles like ie: jigsaw puzzles, Sudoku and such. The game challenges aspects of what should be and shouldn't be , which is usual and what is unusual, which can be perhaps a cultural programming within us of what is ...and what should be... or what can be ...or could be.
In a few of the puzzles I found that I thought that the controls were not working but it was something else. I
guess for you to expect the unexpected in this game, but it is a pleasant journey most of the time. There was one flashing graphic so I feel it important to tell you this.
Its most often Minimalistic environments are quite lovely, and soothing. I enjoyed the game very much, and I feel it will suit thinkers and those that do not mind intellectual challenges. Some of the puzzles do seem left of centre in its outcome of possible outcomes, but more importantly, I feel that the game becomes quite personalised for each gamer. I would not think that the person who plays will have the same thought process outcomes after playing. This I feel is because of the choices we each individually make in the game and what the objects/ images and actions mean to you as well. It challenges your own Id and puts you into positions of challenging those ideas.
A lot of work has gone into this game despite what the game images show. The aspect of the psychological layer has been carefully thought through and added to the game.
Trying to keep track of my own answers throughout the game I got a lot out of it. Taking it quite literally at times is needed but to try and work out where the developer artist wants to achieve within the game I found to be interesting as well. Thankyou.
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Verfasst: 01.08.21 18:56
I never cried with a game, until I played the Beginner's Guide. This game is an amazing piece of art.
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Verfasst: 28.07.21 22:54
Makes game. Includes door. Cannot open door. Thanks.
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Verfasst: 11.07.21 15:57
Art...
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Verfasst: 07.08.21 15:57
This gave me a good cry and thought. This hits too close and makes you think.
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Verfasst: 07.08.21 07:32
The Beginners Guide is a game about why a creator stopped all of his work, despite having a unique way to tell a unique story. Everything by Coda felt important. I personally connected with his story and I could relate to him. Even though his games were never meant to be played and even though his work was never meant to be seen, his secrets never told, I felt that he is important and that his work is important I hope that he is alive and well and finding his machine agian.
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Verfasst: 06.08.21 00:30
meta
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Verfasst: 03.09.21 17:21
this game made me have a bit of a mental breakdown the night i played it, 10/10
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Verfasst: 26.08.21 03:51
This game is Santa Claus for gamers. I think that's fitting. It's really special, and it seems everyone reacts to it differently. I'd recommend it just to see how YOU react. Maybe on sale though. $10 for an hour and a half is pushy.
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Verfasst: 02.09.21 18:53
Ironic how this may seem, this game touches me to the core of my being. Even as the first few levels past, I felt myself reflected in their art. I don't often feel that, or anything else. The mix of sounds and art was heart-melting. I find it somewhat difficult to describe the intense feelings I get from this game. Everything I want to say about this game is difficult to express without harming Davey's progress. So, in brief, Coda... I wan't the best for you. You have indirectly awoken so many people.
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Verfasst: 17.09.21 02:43
Was really disappointing when I realized we weren't rummaging through someones computer and playing tons of random unfinished games.

Story was cool tho.
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Verfasst: 27.08.21 00:04
This short game is very good.
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Verfasst: 30.06.21 10:41
Be warned; this is not a game, at least in the traditional sense of the word. Honestly, the medium it best resembles is a short story. If you're willing to go into it expecting mainly narration and little in the way of traditional interactiveness, then the Beginner's guide is a brilliant short story that explores the nature of storytelling, loneliness, and the video game genre itself.

Although it winds up being less dark than I anticipated, you should be prepared to confront themes of depression and loneliness.
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Verfasst: 01.11.21 05:38
That was an experience. Wow.

It's pretty similar to Stanley Parable, but this one takes you for an emotional journey instead of a comedic one. I have only played it once but based on the ending I don't think this one has any replay value to it, so do buy the game with the expectation that it's pretty short and it's a play once and done deal. I highly recommend the game as it left quite an impression on me and I imagine that I will think about this game years later from now on.
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Verfasst: 02.11.21 01:54
This game almost gave me a panic attack. 10/10
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Verfasst: 02.11.21 14:29
I can't fully describe this game in this review, it is one of those games that you just need to play without looking at any gameplay or anything online. The game is approximately 1 hour long so it's not really that long at all. Just give it a play...NOW, GO NOW! TIME IS WASTING AWAY!
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Verfasst: 06.11.21 00:37
Very interesting game. I plan on using it in my Literature Interpretation course.
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Verfasst: 30.10.21 21:50
If you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.

Fantastic and deep story-telling game.
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Verfasst: 26.11.21 14:46
Attention. You should not go through it while under substances.
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Verfasst: 11.11.21 00:35
Short game, but a pretty fantastic game.

For more context on the game itself, there are theories of the game being about [spoiler] the dev as they were burning themselves out during the end of Stanley parable, becoming toxic to the point of his room mate hating him as mentioned in a public talk.[/spoiler]

However a lot is left up to interpretation too.

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Verfasst: 27.11.21 05:38
This game has told me that I am not the only one struggling in this world. Others feel the same pain and hurt as me. This game had made me feel emotions that I don't think I have ever felt. Get this game. Play it. It will make you feel better about yourself.
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mood
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Verfasst: 18.12.21 01:49
I am... an emotional wreck. When I first heard about this, it was because of the Stanley Parable, and therefore I had thought this was going to comedy. I was absolutely wrong. I'm at a loss for words when it comes to the content. Even if it gave me a lot of thoughts and could possibly spiral myself downward through hypothetical stuff, it was worth the money.
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Verfasst: 27.12.21 20:55
This is what (postmodern) art should be.

It is a challenging piece--it does not ask a lot of you for the 2 hours or so while you are holding the controller, but does ask a lot of you for the hours (days, weeks, months, years) thereafter when you will still be thinking about it. That time will not necessarily be an entirely comfortable experience--but it is may also be beautiful and resonant . Well worth your time and money.
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I just like lampposts
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Verfasst: 28.12.21 01:25
This was one of the best games I've ever played.
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Verfasst: 28.12.21 23:14
It's not a game, a game is something where you have control over the narrative in some way. This is an experience. Not for everyone, but that becomes clear within the first chapter. Personally I love very linear experiences (almost like movies) where I am being told a story to form an attachment - which this most certainly does.
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Verfasst: 29.12.21 22:44
It tells a story, and I like that in a game.
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Verfasst: 26.12.21 17:36
I feel this game didn't get as much attention as Stanley Parable, but it definitely should have.
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Verfasst: 14.12.21 18:38
Hello Fellow Steam users intrested in 'The Beginners Guide' made by Davey Wreden who made the stanely parable, the game isnt fun by any means in its regard, however the story is beautifully crafted. The game is narrated by Davey Wreden (the games developer) as he tells a fictional story about his fictional friend called 'Coda', in the story we are shown Codas games and how Davey and Coda's relationship develops throughout the levels

The Music of The Beginners Guide emphasises Coda and Davey's relationship, the music is very experimental with the genres changing per level

The game doesnt have much replayability (if thats the right word) however i like to play this game for the story and music and it calms me mentally when im going through a tough time

In Conclusion the game is a must play if you are looking for a unique game which tells its story in a unique way :)
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Verfasst: 31.01.22 23:53
The Beginner's Guide is an examination of what it means to try to interpret someone through their work. Davey Wreden takes you on a journey through the games his friend Coda made. And through these games you will get to know Coda, to understand him.

The Beginner's Guide is a game I haven't stopped thinking about since first finishing it 7 years ago. It means a lot to me, and I really appreciate Davey for having created it. A game that is just as good replaying it as it is the first time. I can't say more about the game without spoiling it, I urge you to play it, and to do so without reading anything else about the game.
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Verfasst: 30.01.22 11:19
This game literally made me cry...
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Verfasst: 27.01.22 20:57
This game is everything to me.
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Verfasst: 04.02.22 14:05
go in blind, go in as blind as possible, its for the best.

ETA; this game also ended my relationship
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Verfasst: 02.02.22 14:17
I enjoyed the game. A lot. But that’s not what I’m here to talk about. I would like to instead use this space to attempt to convince you not to refund this game after completing it.

Sure, it’s a short game that you completed in less than two hours. Sure, you’ve owned it for less than 14 days. Sure, you didn’t enjoy it. But that doesn’t mean you should refund it.

Refunding a game after finishing it is like going to a pizza place, buying and eating a slice of pizza and then asking for your money back. You already consumed the product. You’re exploiting the refund system.

The creator, Davey Wreden, put a lot of work into making this game. By playing the entire game and then refunding it, you are robbing him of the fruits of his labor. If you are unwilling to lose ten dollars, then you shouldn’t buy the game in the first place. Watch a playthrough instead. It won’t be nearly as good as getting to experience everything in-game, but it's better than nothing.

You might read this and think, “But it’s only $10! It’s not that big of a deal!” This would be true if you were the only person who refunded it, but you’re not. Multiple people have decided to refund this game and other short ones as well, making the loss quantifiable and significant. By refunding it, YOU are choosing to be a part of the problem and you are ruining the gaming industry for indie developers.

Another excuse you might try to use for refunding this is that you morally disagree with the creator retailing someone else’s work. In case it somehow wasn’t obvious that is not what is happening here. This game is fiction. The story told here is either completely fabricated, or is multiple truths strung together to form a cohesive narrative.

TL;DR: Refunding a game you finished is bad, and if you do it, you suck.
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Verfasst: 25.01.22 21:35
an experience to be in amazed of
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Verfasst: 08.03.22 14:35
Holy cow, I can see why my friend wanted me to go in blind.
This was outright incredible, I could've never guessed how it would've built up and one part towards the end really hit me in a deep spot.

Can't thank my friend enough for buying me this and sitting with me as I played it, wow.
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Verfasst: 03.03.22 10:45
Very Interesting
10/10
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Verfasst: 20.02.22 20:49
One of the best, not only videogames, but pieces of art in history.
Some say it's pretentious but it really isn't, even with it's ambiguity it explores themes like the use of art, perception, reality, the human condition, psychology, inspiration and the purpose of life itself.
In only one hour and a half, it becomes one of the most complete and complex videogames out there in storytelling, but the mechanics don't get behind, is a really inmersive game that tries and achieves at every moment to connect with the player personally, even if the game really has only one path and the options would seems useless (they aren't).
The game has two characters which face we don't get to see, but still they are excellently explored and complex. It gets a 10/10 for me, simply a beautiful game with some powerful messages.
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Verfasst: 09.03.22 13:47
I love this kind of experience, despite the sadness.
And I wasn't ready for this. It hit hard.

It's a good narrative game, just be warned that it is...sad.
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Verfasst: 28.02.22 00:59
Walking sim with a narrated story, like Stanley Parable or Dear Esther.
There is a lot to unpack here.
Hits hard in a couple of spots, reflects on some dangers too.
I need a nap.
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Verfasst: 25.02.22 08:34
Like many of the other reviews say, this isn't necessarily a game but a walk-through narrative story. I won't spoil too much but I do think it's worth downloading for 1-2 hours of reflection. A good, quick pick-up if you like psychology and story telling.
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Verfasst: 25.02.22 07:21
This isn't a game. It's a story about game creators.
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Verfasst: 25.02.22 06:47
I got into this game completely blind and I recommend you to do the same. Play this game in one go, it's gonna take 1 to 2 hours but I assure you, it will be worth it.
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Verfasst: 23.02.22 11:36
This is one of the most thought provoking games I've ever played. As someone who's really deep into psychology, it made me speculate the issues at play here, and ended up [spoiler] Speculating just like the narrator did and the internally feeling bad about it [/spoiler], this really strained my thoughts or meta cognitive thinking and of itself and even trying to ground my own thoughts to think simply and try to put myself in the shoes of the people in this game. I hope the message of this game in regards to [spoiler] perfectionism, relationships, friendships, when to back off, and that help might not be helping someone as we interpret and formulate schema differently and helping others shouldn't be a self fulfilling act reaches people. [/spoiler]

I'm going to struggle to sleep tonight
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Verfasst: 11.04.22 17:02
The Beginner’s Guide will probably either be loved or hated by many. I happened to love it. It’s difficult to describe exactly what it is and one thing I enjoyed was that you will find a great deal of theories on the story to it and all of them could be right or wrong. What the game basically boils down to is you get shown various short games made by “Coda” and get given backstory through narration by Davey Wreden, who is the developer of this game. Through it you learn of how Coda and he met and his interpretations of Coda’s games and life. What works wonderfully here is that, while I believe this is all a fictional story, you could easily believe that it is real. Davey Wreden does a great job at the narration and without that the game would fall apart. The game play itself is pretty simple. Some parts are walking simulator; some are light puzzles; but really the goal is just to learn more about Coda. The game’s themselves are nothing amazing, if these were actually released games I doubt anybody would praise them but as it is they simply serve as a back story and a way to further the plot. I don’t want to comment on the graphics too much because these games are supposed to be Source engine games made by a single person so graphics isn’t the point. The music is fairly well done though.

I played The Beginner’s Guide on Linux. It never crashed and I didn’t notice any bugs or glitches. You can’t manually save, the game saves at the start of each chapter but they’re pretty short chapters. Alt-Tab works. There are four AA settings; six AF settings; a v-sync toggle; and four other graphics options. The game ran great, often times at 144 FPS with a few drops but even then was well above 60 FPS.

Game Engine: Source
Disk Space Used: 3.32 GB
Input Used: Keyboard and mouse

Game Settings Used: 8x AA; 16x AF; v-sync on; multi core rendering on; all highest
GPU Usage: 19-98 %
VRAM Usage: 1006-1233 MB
CPU Usage: 5-20 %
RAM Usage: 3.8-4.8 GB
Frame Rate: 74-144 FPS

You can get a lot out of the story to A Beginner’s Guide depending on how you look at it. It can be a tale of depression; misunderstood creativity; friendship; the struggles of indy game development; I even have a theory involving stalking. At the end of the day all and/or none of these could be correct. That’s the beauty of the game in my eyes. In any case it’s an interesting way to spend eighty seven minutes and is well worth it’s current $10.99 CAD price.

My Score: 9/10

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I can't particularly say much in a review without spoilers, so here's some non spoilery info.

This game is not very long - any time I play through it, it takes 30-40 minutes. There's not much in the way of gameplay.

And yet, it is a very emotional experience that strikes right at the heart of anyone who's been a creator, known artists, or otherwise struggled with their sense of self-identity and being judged by others. The ending is haunting. Play it.
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jesus christ
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pain.
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thanks davey for the most insane and important paradigm shift i've ever experienced
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it mostly made me feel a bit confused and lied to, to be honest. i would definitely recommend it, but in a tentative sort of way where im not really sure what i'm recommending or why
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A Story, that could only be told in a Videogame. It's incredible
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This isn't just one of the best games I've played, but actually one of the best pieces of media I've ever experienced. To say anything concrete would be a spoiler, so I'll keep it simple: This is a two hour adventure through an introspective character breakdown that pushes artistry, purpose, and the meaning of authorship under a searingly bright spotlight, funnelling them through a heart-wrenching whirlwind of maddening despair smashing into profoundly depressed sadness, and is cause for introspection probably more than almost any other game out there. It left me in tears and changed the way I view cultural works in a way that no other medium could achieve. Play it, play it, play it.

[h1]★★★★★[/h1]
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Considering its length, it's a masterpiece.
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Release:01.10.2015 Genre: Adventure Entwickler: Everything Unlimited Ltd. Publisher: Everything Unlimited Ltd. Engine:keine Infos Kopierschutz:keine Infos Franchise:keine Infos
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