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I first encountered this game 7 years ago. To this day, I think about it from time to time. I was quite young back then, and I believe that it's actually shaped a part of who I am and how I think about the world. It's been years since the last time I've played it and I'm still just as amazed as the first time I have played it. This experience is, with every facet of the meaning, excellent.
I think the writing and dialogue in this game (despite any reservations you mentioned in the afterword) is amazing. I will never not get chills from the following lines:
"What matters is the things we find to be important, and what sacrifices we are prepared to make for those things. That is what defines us. Choosing these things allows us to decide who we are, beyond the definitions of self that are forced upon us by others."
What this game may be lacking in colors/visuals, it more than makes up for in depth of story. SGDS's growth is beautifully done, I think you nailed it. Also I kind of spoiled a huge chunk of the game by bothering to translate all the binary code in that one data file haha oh well.
This is definitely one of my all time favourite games. I find myself coming back to this unique, beautiful atmosphere. The story is well written and thoughtful and overall the game is brilliantly executed and offers an amazing experience.
Ugh I loved this so much, this game really makes you think and the music is so fitting. I'm taking Latin so hopefully I can come back and understand some more things. I know this has been out for a while but good job. I did have to get a little bit of help but nevertheless the story was well developed