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Feb 15, 2013 | 8:38 PM EST
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"Ode To Pixel Days" is about a teenage boy, Hans, having a crush on a cheerleader. Hans gets rejected by the cheerleader, because he is ugly, and not charismatic. Hans tries to change this by building a machine that will make everyone look the same. When everyone looks the same, he can have the girl of his dreams! But of course, in reality, things don't work that way; and Hans is about to get into some bitter experiences.

The game is played in a castle, that represents the world created by Hans' mind. The game's artistic goal is to put the players in Hans' mind, to make them play through his emotional experiences, hopes and dreams. The core experience of the game is the feelings a boy goes through when he gets into puberty; loneliness, sadness, low self-esteem, the desire to change things about you and everything around you.

This game is made completely by one person, and that is me.



Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

I thought it was pretty great, especially the idea of becoming more pixelated being desirable for someone with image issues. Of course every guy knows what it feels like to not have your feelings returned. A twist on this story appears in the film Cinema Paradiso, which I recommend. (But don't ask me what it means). Perhaps even had the cheerleader accepted him, what he really wanted (acceptance) would be sated and he wouldn't even want her anymore. You allude to this at the end of your story when he begins to focus more on himself, however I simply couldn't understand why after he discovered himself the world turned gray.

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talhakaya responds:

your interpretation of it great! Just what I wanted to do. But I decided finishing with the "gray world" to tell that the real world is still a dark place, and Hans has to adapt to it.


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

I liked the game, simple and fun to play, not too difficult, but not too easy to wonder why I'm playing it in the first place. I have a love hate relationship with the story, only because I've never been in Hans position, and that's only because I learned pass that lesson before it could happen to me (plus I'm female, so maybe there is a double standard here? However, I've hear there is an equal amount of females who go through these types of problems).
Try looking at it this way, kids, why do you like that beautiful popular person? If it's because they are beautiful and popular, then can you really fault them for wanting someone who's also beautiful and popular? If you want to be liked by the beautiful and popular, then become beautiful and popular, if you feel that is unfair, and they're horrible for not liking you how you are, then you shouldn't be so shallow as to like THEM because they are "beautiful and popular".
Also, look at it this way, say you're "ugly" and unpopular, you're not crazy enough to think every single person around you is "pretty" and popular? Why don't you give the "Ugly" people a chance, and try asking them out? They feel just as lonely as you do, but no, you want the most beautiful, popular, rich person in the world.

Sound advice is that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and looking at someone for their personality and their skills can make their physical appearance all the more beautiful; why do you think popular people are "instantly attractive"? Because they have the skills and hopefully the personality to make them beautiful (if they're all jerk-faces, then shame on you for liking them). Try building your skills and personality, it would certainly make you more attractive, but also set your standards higher than the mountains, but lower than fantasy, please.

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talhakaya responds:

You're right about the relationship of Hans with the cheerleader. I tried to tell that in game, saying "She's just a confused child, just like you."

If I was one to give relationship advice, I'd say only date a close friend who is also interested in you.

Thanks for your lovely comment!


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

--spoiler alert--
i am very touched when the last scene played.everyone,or should should i say all the different hans came's like:just because of the cheer leader,he did whatever he could.

talhakaya responds:

Cheerleader made Hans grow up :) thanks for the comment :)


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Amazing game, loved the story and the meaning behind it.
Had a few problems playing, like when a box fell on me, I didn't die and got stuck. But overall, loved it.

talhakaya responds:

Thanks man, glad you enjoyed it :) and sorry for the bug :/


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Damn, I got stuck in "dangerous" first falling blocks level... It's superfrustrating to start again (thankfully, just from some part, not beginning). Well, the game itself was refreshing from all this art games where you "deserve" the girl, who unlike you isn't as a person as a prize or some fleshless ideal. The first sentence "Hans likes a cheerleader. Because she was pretty." perfectly shows how messed up his thinking is, wanting her BECAUSE she is pretty but not willing to give anything in return.

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talhakaya responds:

Ah, I really thought I got rid of that bug already :/ sorry. If this happened to anyone else, just press escape and hit "continue game".

Glad you caught that first sentence! It's me, trying to say, that "relationship" was dead from the beginning, because all Hans wanted was a nice looking girl.