Indiepocalypse Double Feature: A Night at the Movies
Movies! Games aren’t really that much like them (despite some people may try to tell you) but sometimes they can be about them. This very Double Feature itself is inspired by the world of cinema! (also, two movies that are asking you a question, but that’s more of a bonus connection)
You’ve just entered the theatre with boundless anticipation for the latest REVENGOR movie except you can’t really focus on the movie, but instead everything around you. This is the mindset are u ok? by cryocannon places you in, and fiercely so. The game works to convey a palpable anxiety to through not only the content of it’s text but its presentation. Words run together and are broken apart. Each word deliberately paced and positioned to remove you from your own experience and place you into the experience of the unknown protagonist. And as I often find myself breathing along at the end, a truly effective experience.
is it that deep bro? by moawling & cavegift explores a (at least on it’s surface) lighter anxiety at a movie theatre. It’s just about you and your bro hanging out and watching a movie with some gay cowboys! It’s a film. Oscar worthy! Or maybe it’s funny? Maybe it’s kind of whatever? Is this even really about the movie? is it that deep bro? cleverly navigates the “no homo” world of ambiguous queerness, where maybe jokes betray a deeper truth while giving you the safety of being “just jokes”. It highlights the power of using not only our own art, but the art of others to help people better understand us in ways we can’t candidly express ourselves. In a truly circular fashion, I occasionally wonder if two bros ever played this game with starting with the same safe ironic detachment of the depicted bros themselves.