LIMBO (2010)

This is a Sample Description I wrote for the RAWG website. Not a real review or a rant. I just wanted to get a job as a copywriter there, so I provided them with a small example of my work, and they said that it was too fancy for what they usually put out and called my services «overpriced.» Well, I’d hate to waste any piece of my writing like this, so I’ll just post it here.

LIMBO is a shadowy puzzle-platformer game developed and published by the Playdead studio. It’s a murky, silent adventure into the void of nightmares that will stay with you long after you finish the game. The plot is simple enough – a little boy tries to find something (or, rather, someone) in a strange land that is presumed to be the titular Limbo. Apparently, the areas he is traversing have the minds of their own, because they will stop at nothing to snuff his little life out, sending all manners of a hindrance, from giant spiders to mind-controlling maggots, to get in the boy’s way. Death is frequently imminent in this game, as your protagonist will have to go through various trial-and-error exercises before you figure out the way to deal with every particular obstacle. Be prepared to get squashed, impaled, eaten alive, and electrocuted several times during your first playthrough; be ready to see the boy’s lightbulb-shaped eyes go out over and over again.

Thanks to its unusual visual style and wordless storytelling, LIMBO has generated quite a cult following. One might say that it’s had a visible impact on the video game industry in general, as, time and again, yet another game developing company attempts to produce a platformer, similar to LIMBO in appearance and gameplay. One look at such titles as Ignatius (Sons of welder), Toby: The Secret Mine (Lukas Navratil), Albert & Otto (K Bros), Badland (Frogmind), and Nihilumbra (BeautiFun Games) will instantly tell you exactly where their developers looked for inspiration. It’s hard to blame them, though: LIMBO’s grim aesthetic does have a lot of coolness factor to it. Even after the release of its spiritual successor – Playdead’s second morbid adventure titled INSIDE – LIMBO still captivates the hearts of gamers and game creators alike.


How LISA Games Teach You an Important Lesson About Running Away From Daddy Issues

Lisa The Painful RPG tells you a hopeful story about how, no matter what you do to become a better person than your parents, you’ll still end up turning into them. There’s no escape. Fuck you.


If this ain’t a picture of a perfect family, I don’t know what is.

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Gyo — Tokyo Fish Attack (2012)

I haven’t updated this blog in ages. I guess I just waited for a proper occasion, a suitable reason to continue writing about all the Japanese-related stuff, something really moving and motivating — and here it is! A 2012 OVA based on a two-part manga that I once read and forgot about. So, what would be the right word to describe it?


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Theresia: Dear Martel

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It took me forever to finish Dear Martel. After a while, Theresia starts weighing down on you; make you depressed at the mere thought of going back to playing it. But hey. I’ve finally done it. I’ve beaten Dear Martel. Let me tell you how it was.


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Night Head Genesis Ep. 1-11


I’ve been watching Night Head Genesis and it still looks pretty boring so far. I mean, yeah, two brothers-psychics, a lot of drama, some elements of a detective story, conspiracies, moral choices and yadda-yadda-yadda, but generally it’s too serious and too self-important. Читать далее

Theresia: Dear Emile finished

Purple corpses, Epicari virus, Emile, red flowers, blood, Maylee, rotting flesh, war, Sacha, ruins, enemy nation, traitor, torture, prayer, Leanne, the Devil, the orphan, the red beads, the DNA of a certain girl, madness, suicide, pain, Theresia…

Since I’ve finished Dear Emile, let me do a quick re-cap of what’s happened in the game so far before I venture further into the dark depths of Dear Martel and OHMYGOD THERE’S A HAND GROWING OUT OF AN IRON MAIDEN DO I REALLY SEE THAT!!!???!!???.

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So yeah. Brace yourselves for THERE ARE SPOILERS AHEAD!!!!!!!! Just warning you.

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