Video Game / Day One: Garry's Incident
Day One: Garry's Incident
is an indie first-person Survival Sandbox
game by French-Canadian developer Wild Games Studio. After failing to fund it on Kickstarter
(despite a suspiciously generous "donation" by WGS CEO Stephane Woods), the game was released on Steam
after getting through its Greenlight system.
The game follows the adventures of Garry, a cargo pilot who is currently in the depths of an alcohol-fueled depression after the death of his wife and child. While transporting a mysterious cargo, Garry's plane crash lands on an untamed tropical island... Garry is saved when the cargo somehow teleports him to safety. He wakes up to find a native tribesman attempting to ritually sacrifice him. Upon extracting himself from the situation, Garry must explore the island and search for a method of escape, all while dealing with hostile natives, murderous wildlife, and other, more unusual dangers.Garry's Incident
is designed as a Survival Sandbox
game, with players having to keep track of their hunger and thirst as well as their health. The game has a crafting mechanic by which Garry can fashion supplies such as bandages or weapons by combining various raw materials found on the island.
The game was intended as an episodic release, with the developers stating that they will look to player input to determine what happens next in the story. However—and honestly, this is probably why you came here
—the game proved to be a Creator Killer
due to poor sales coupled with seriously
negative press, leading to the developers discontinuing all further work on this or any other game.Garry's Incident
garnered controversy due to accusations that the developers abused YouTube's copyright claims system to remove a highly
critical first impressions video made by TotalBiscuit
. The added online scrutiny from this incident also brought attention to other alleged incidents of misconduct by the developers, including a number of suspicious reviews on Metacritic inflating the game's score, and implications of Shameless Self Promotion
on the game's Greenlight and Kickstarter pages.
The game was eventually removed from Steam on March 12th, 2018.
The game provides examples of the following tropes: