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X-Files meets Twin Peaks

Virginia is a 2016 first-person mystery thriller Environmental Narrative Game developed by Variable State and published by 505 Games. The game follows graduate FBI special agent Anne Tarver as she investigates her first case; the disappearance of a missing boy in rural Virginia.

Virginia contains examples of:

  • Animal Motifs: American bison and redbirds are seen throughout the game
  • Chekhov's Gun: Anne puts some LSD she confiscated from a teenager in a envelope to use later. It isn't brought up again until much later when Maria gives her envelope back to her having taken it from her apartment and then Anne uses it in jail
  • The Conspiracy: There's a conspiracy involving the head of the F.B.I as well as a number of people in Kingdom, Virginia. To what end is never explained.
  • Cult: Anne sees one during her drug trip wearing masks and sacrificing a buffalo.
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  • First Person Narrative
  • Flying Saucer: During her drug trip Anne sees Lucas get abducted by one
  • Gainax Ending: Anne has a series of drug induced visions of events and their grounding in reality is left ambiguous. Then both Anne and Maria somehow escape jail and drive out of town seeing a teen boy with a guitar walking down the road who may or may not be Lucas on the way.
  • Jerkass Façade: Maria Halperin acts coldly towards Anne Tarver at the first but warms up to her
  • Jump Cut: A frequent visual style used throughout the game.
  • Liar Revealed: Maria finds out that Anne has been spying on her for the F.B.I when she picks up Anne's accidentally dropped report about her
  • Mind Screw: There are times where it seems that Anne Tarver is awake but is really sleeping. Sometimes its not made clear one way or another what is and isn't a dream or a hallucination.
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  • Mushroom Samba: Happens late in the game when Anne Tarver drops acid in the county jail.
  • New Meat: Anne is this as this is her first field assignment.
  • Noodle Incident: The misdealings in the F.B.I that Maria was investigating are never revealed
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  • Silence Is Golden: Everything in the game is expressed non-verbally.
  • Title Drop: The game takes place in the fictional town of Kingdom, Virginia.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Lucas walks in on his priest father cheating on his mom.


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