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May 11, 2009 | 5:00 PM EDT

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Mike and I made this game as an experiment to see if we could express this little idea solely through gameplay. We ask that you be patient while playing through it and try your best to finish it. Also, if you have an interpretation and so on, please share in a review.

Thanks for playing and keeping an open mind!

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barrage17barrage17

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

simple game, thoughtful message

I like the simple way that this games conveys the volatility of human opinion and thought. At first, however, I thought the game was just an endless loop...but then after reading the reviews I played it again to get to the ending. Another review said it, but I agree that some progress bar (even as simple as a general greying of the white and black extremes) would have helped. Also, the sounds were fairly annoying, so much that I had to shut off my speakers. I think I understand that you were trying to set the atmosphere of strife and confusion, but you could do so with less harshness on the ears. Good game!



P0laNDP0laND

Rated 5 / 5 stars

First off...

...flash games are for many different purposes, and usually the best have an extra motive than to entertain a pack of squabbling morons with poop jokes and strong language. It shows that the author had a purpose, a legitimate reason for making the flash that didn't follow the lines of "I need a fuller wallet." For anyone who wants to complain that this is a "lesson" that actually makes you think, there is plenty of bullshit for you to partake in, so quit wasting our time with idiotic comments.

Moving on, I found this a very interesting flash, mostly because it makes me wonder what your thoughts were and/or are as you made it. I translated it into two different parts:
1. The man who always is against the crowd.
I have had several friends who always seem to pick the opposite side of the majority, just to have that sense of individuality...the sense that they are fighting (and often succeeding) against everyone who sees things differently than they. Then when they have overcome, or at least mostly overcome, where else to go but start over and do the same again. What is different about them, however, is that they seem to never be capable of reaching the gray state. I believe this is in part because of my second translation.
2. The gray man.
We know the black and white. Your side versus theirs, whatever colour you choose. From what I have come to understand, these sides usually belong to those that are firm in their belief or opinion of something. However, the gray has always (to me) been seen as the area of uncertainty, where both colours mix into a new one that doesn't have as strong of a structure as the opposing forces. My girlfriend is actually rather gray on several issues, not taking much of an opinion on either side, but admitting that she either doesn't have a strong enough knowledge basis to make a decision, or doesn't have an opinion of either. In this way, I see the gray as something of an escape. I wouldn't expect a person with mixed emotions on a subject to try and convince someone else to share it with him.
However, I do have many moments myself where I hear two arguments and ask "Why not both?" If two plans are good, couldn't using bits and pieces of both be even better? Instead of a gray man...I kind of picture this as a striped man, patches of both ideas. Maybe my striped man and your gray man are the same person...

Anyway, I should probably comment a little on the flash itself...=P
The pixelated everything was, as pixels usually are, a little crude and such, but it was definitely all you needed to convey the meaning.

Nice job man, you have me thinking now...it's definitely a good thing. ^_^


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boregamerboregamer

Rated 5 / 5 stars

cool

was a great idea, just like everyone else says people change their minds a lot and you made that into a game, cool idea with a message



doomed9doomed9

Rated 5 / 5 stars

hmm i think ur on to sumthin here

in the real world people are changing their mind allot. like with this concept with peace and war. u chage ur mind when eveyones with u but when u want to change their idea again it takes more effort to do so. just like if i told a lie it would take more effort for me to make u believe me. nice concept indeed oh and does that game end or does it keep on going



crossXknightcrossXknight

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

wow...that was powerful...

a truly unique game, presenting what we think as our complicated world as something so simple when we dont even realize that we have already reduced our world to this. it also shows how neutrality is ironically viewed as both acceptance and ignorance, even if the figure is a house hold name. i would have never thought of that after lazily switching back and forth something like that would happen. its simple style, use a sync system and just the manic way the game was set up made it brilliant. An improvement could have been a better bgm to fit the mood. Other than that, i had no problem with it. loved the little torches and picket signs, they were hilarious