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Video Game / Today I Die

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dead world
full of shades
today I die

Describe Today I Die here.

Well, we could, but it would ruin the experience for you, and it doesn't take that long to play. So why not try it first, then come back here?

A game by Daniel Benmergui that uses pixelated metaphors and morphing poetry to explore the journey back from the brink of suicidal depression, aided by an excellent soundtrack by Hernan Rozenwasser. Winner of the Nuovo award from the Independent Games Festival.

Benmergui has also created I Wish I Were The Moon, an experimental game very loosely based on the short story "The Distance of the Moon" from Calvino's Cosmicomics. He is currently working on Storyteller.

This game provides examples of:

  • Earn Your Happy Ending: The protagonist must fight her way through the shades of herself, swimming with a rock tied around her waist.
  • Hell Is That Noise: The music that starts playing when the shades drag you down is incredibly tense and intimidating.
  • Mad Libs Catch Phrase: This forms the skeleton for the game's poem:
    "[adjective] world
    "full of [nouns]"
    "today I [verb]"
  • Multiple Endings: The protagonist can swim away with a young man, or on her own.
  • The Power of Love: In one of the possible endings, the protagonist swims away with a young man.

free world
full of beauty
today I swim
until you come/better by myself