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Apr 27, 2011 | 3:04 AM EDT

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Hi my name is Arty McArtson, I am a first year art major at the Art Institute of Williamsburg. I just took my first intro to philosophy course last semester, and now I understand everything about the world! Please enjoy my new postmodern piece, Dear Diary. It is a subtle yet poignant criticism of the modern "doggy dog" society we live in. I hope you enjoy it, and, if you don't, it's probably just too deep for you!

WASD and/or arrow keys move in most cases. The mouse is used to look. Other controls are generally specified or obvious.

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ShadowWhoWalksShadowWhoWalks

Rated 5 / 5 stars

fuck yes

this is the kind of content and title that keeps me coming back and wanting for more newgrounds. You are a genius and this deserves frontpage.


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steziestezie

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Gold. Absolutely gold.

Hell, I know I don't give out easy 10s in my reviews, and this surely isn't a masterpiece in terms of being a game. My understanding of an art game is a series of interconnected elements that create an interactive experience, much like how meaning from art can be derived from its use of colour, line or symbolism etc, a the central concepts and ideas hidden in a game are brought out by such elements like game mechanics, visuals, music and so forth.

So even though this piece parodies art games, it IS the perfect representation of an art game... in my perspective of course. And this is from someone who might have given a higher rating to an art game than it deserved only a few hours ago.

You've manipulated all of the worst things I've come across in art games: unnecessary pixel graphics (with the obligatory 8-bit music), really wanky quotes, and especially the times where an art "game" just isn't any fun where I absolutely KNOW I'm being brainwashed to think differently through interactive means. However, I know that the experience derived from this game isn't solely based around solid game elements, rather I'm sure everyone who comes across this flash is only here because of the lovingly crafted title, and further enticed by the pretentiously hilarious author comment.

Right even before the game loads, the audience knows outright that this is a giant kick in the balls to art games, and even though the game did get a little boring at times (yes, the signing papers "minigame"), I honestly KNEW that was there simply to bore us, like what else could be more boring than signing papers? If you take two artworks: one with a red rectangle that supposedly represents oppression, which sells for a million dollars, and another of a red circle satirizing the absurdity rectangle, I honestly believe that the red circle should be worth more.

Now I could go on about the hidden meanings of every gameplay element or I could just let all the readers know that they should absolutely play this to the end to get to the text dump rant and then start really redefining what an art game ought to be.

So thank you, Mr Arty McArtson, for making a great game with a great statement and I sure do hope to see actual art games, but of this caliber, from you in the future.


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ELMOizINNOCENTELMOizINNOCENT

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Deep and moving, artistic game

This quality flash game tells a great story in the most professional, and artistic way possible.
The artist who made this game is the greatest artist in the history of everything



ladylibertinaladylibertina

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Yes

Just yes. I LOVE it.



DamienTKDamienTK

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Fun game.

I read everything, That didn't affect me much but i see what your getting at. Could have had more scenario's to see ''What he see's'' and ''The reality''. If you know what i mean. 10/10.