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Jun 29, 2010 | 1:33 PM EDT
  • Daily Feature June 30, 2010

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Author Comments

"Every day the same dream" is a slightly existential riff on the theme of alienation and refusal of labor. The idea was to charge the cyclic nature of most video games with some kind of meaning (i.e. the "play again" is not a game over). Yes, there is an end state, you can "beat" the game.

Made in about 6 days: 3 code + 3 content + 1 making crappy drones with an electric guitar (alternate soundtrack that didn't make into the final game).

Music by Jesse Stiles
Made in 6 days for the Experimental Gameplay Project - theme "art game"

Edit: there was a misattribution in the original entry, thank you Tom for fixing it.

Reviews


TrerroTrerro

Rated 5 / 5 stars June 30, 2010

It definitely makes you think...

...about how easy it is to get trapped into a boring, routine life of no substance, and how easily things can change, just by stopping to look at life.

The way I see the final day of the game is that you manage to step away from your old life just in time to see what it would have led to - throwing your life away. Now you can move on - the endless dream - the nightmare of that kind of life, is broken and you're free.

It's very rare to see a game make such a powerful statement in such a direct manner, and even rarer to see one that makes you seriously think about your own life, and how important it is to not end up in that trap... or to get out of it if you're already there.

This is truly a work of art, and a moving one at that.


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CandeseamoTheGreatCandeseamoTheGreat

Rated 5 / 5 stars June 30, 2010

Art Game! <3

I remember playing this a while back on another website. I really liked the concept of repetition in the game play; it does a good job showing how monotonous life can be. I took the the title less literal. I think "Every Day The Same Dream" means that the guy's life is supposed to be perfect, like a dream (but it's not). I also thought that in the end, he was either watching himself jump or another co-worker jump (like everyone in the building killed themselves). But that's just my take on it. Excellent game! :D


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EmperorMaxEmperorMax

Rated 5 / 5 stars June 30, 2010

SUCH IS CORPORATE LIFE

I jumped the very first time.


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RopeDrinkRopeDrink

Rated 5 / 5 stars June 30, 2010

Simply Amazing.

I find this both extremely creepy and inspiring - It's just so simple yet tells so much, really didn't know WHAT to expect when I opened this up and am oddly fulfilled from it, regardless. A little game with a big heart - Thank you for sharing. +5 +10



BJ-PoPpA-LiSBJ-PoPpA-LiS

Rated 5 / 5 stars June 30, 2010

Well told

Very well put together. Its an eerie realization, but life and a dream at times, have no lines to separate reality and a mundane cookie cutter life.