The Beginner's Guide

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The Beginner's Guide

Postby You, sir, name? » Mon Oct 05, 2015 10:23 pm UTC

It's a fairly short indie title by the same guy who made The Stanley Parable. Although quite different. In fact, it's barely a game. More like interactive art I guess? A real emotional ride unlike anything I've ever experienced out of a game. And it leaves lingering questions even after you're done.

I don't want to spoil the experience by giving too many details, but I guess the bottom line is that it's very good.
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Re: The Beginner's Guide

Postby Zohar » Tue Oct 06, 2015 12:46 pm UTC

I got it and played it last night. I liked it, some of it was really interesting.

I'm spoiling this in case anyone wants to go into the game really not knowing anything, but otherwise, here's some very basic details about what it's about, without really spoiling anything:
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It's mostly an "exploration" FPS, meaning you mostly walk around in first person, and there's a story that unfolds. The story discusses game design to an extent, but it has a lot to do with art and art creators, and how to communicate with people.


And here are actual spoilers about the game:
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I mostly enjoyed it, but I think the final few chapters were a bit heavy-handed. It would have been interesting to make them more subtle, though I suppose in that case many people might miss the point. If I had to summarize the story, I think I'd say it talks about the failure of the narrator to imagine people complexly.

One thing I definitely appreciated that it touched upon was how there are different ways to help people.

And some of the level designs were fantastic - how grim and scary some can be compared to the light and calming ones (like the house and the beginning of the islands).
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Re: The Beginner's Guide

Postby You, sir, name? » Tue Oct 06, 2015 3:16 pm UTC

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I read an interesting interpretation that Coda and Davey are actually one and the same person, before and after reaching popularity with The Stanley Parable. Coda was introverted and creatively driven, Davey is driven mainly by validation, and the more fuel Davey got, the more Coda receded.

I'm not sure if that's actually intended, but it's an interesting view anyway, especially given the "time travel" dialogue-with-yourself elements in the game, and how they first "met" at a game jam.

Of course, given how much the game is about the mistake of forcing your interpretation on art, it's hard to say :P
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