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Author: Germ (Mod)
Posted: April 07, 2014 (02:04 PM)
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This game sounds like it was a nightmare to review, but you did a really great job.


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Author: EmP (Mod)
Posted: April 08, 2014 (04:08 AM)
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Thanks. Itís the third game Iíve reviewed this year that contains strong vibes of mental illness so perhaps Iím finding a really unhealthy niche to exist within. Iíll expect some kind of intervention if the next review I write is for something as bleak and depressing.


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Author: jerec
Posted: April 08, 2014 (10:35 PM)
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This sounds a little too much like my life at the moment that I'm morbidly curious to give it a try.


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Author: honestgamer (Mod)
Posted: April 08, 2014 (10:45 PM)
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I'm thinking that I had probably best avoid it, as the last thing I need is to spend too long exploring such unpleasant themes in my escapism, but the game also sounds ambitious in what it attempts. Great review, Gary!


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Author: EmP (Mod)
Posted: April 09, 2014 (12:08 PM)
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It does have moments that are very powerful and is very likely to strike a few chords with whoever the player is. It's also set in Canada,which, as we know, is the most miserable place on the planet. I honestly couldn't recommend it more as an experience; I'd love for some of you to pick it up and share their thoughts on the subject. But I'll certainly not blame anyone if they choose not to.


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Author: Ben
Posted: April 09, 2014 (12:41 PM)
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I bought this on Steam, and I might play it this weekend.

I haven't read the review yet, but will come back once I've experienced the game!


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Author: Ben
Posted: April 12, 2014 (04:37 PM)
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It's interesting, because I struggled to get into Actual Sunlight. I stopped after 20 minutes because it did very little for me - I think partly because Evan Winter is such a specifically written character. I thought last year's Depression Quest was excellently done, and the main character was nameless and any person with a job, basically. It was easier to imagine being in his shoes and to empathise.

Anyway, I'm happy enough instead reading the review, which is as usual well-written and summarises the themes at play and what to expect.


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Author: EmP (Mod)
Posted: April 14, 2014 (05:10 AM)
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That's somewhat interesting, because the few people I've spoken to who have tried this game (including myself -- I often talk to myself. I'm great company) were more or less suckered further in by the first half an hour or so by the first wave of Evan's memos. If the game's writing fails to pull you in by the end of the first chapter, then stopping there is probably for the best.

I've seen Depression Quest banded around after the Greenlight drama it's been hit by (twice now, I believe) and plan to give that a go at some point.


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