Sunday, 28 June 2015

Revisiting past works: Will You Ever Return?

Will You Ever Return? was created in 30 days for a Halloween competition. It was my first completed game and sort of got the ball rolling for me using games as a medium. I was surprised to find out that the game had won the competition, albeit to many disgruntled comments from those who didn't enjoy it due to the piece being rather unorthodox.

The visual side of the game was created using modeling clay, items bought from a thrift shop in Poland and other accoutrements. Both the visual and the audio of the game are littered with references to pop culture and beyond; from Sylvia Plath and Don Patterson to Will Smith and Danzel, from Grieg to Unchained Melody. This design choice was partly an attempt to link the endlessly referential, 80s post-modernist lit-crit theory with ideas of purgatory and fear of death. I employed the problematic creative tool of plagiarism in a kind of ecstasy of influence.


"...one of the most interesting (important even) freeware games of late. "        indiegames.com

 "This game is a journey through the
 purgatory of conscience and 
        into the peace of  acceptance"    
      the Arts Desk    
"as clever as it is stupid – i.e. very."   
"From trashy internet memes to high brow literature and mythology, Will You Ever Return? quite capably fixes together all parts of modern culture... into a game of serious thoughts, amusing bylines and symbolic throwarounds."    
        indie static