DDLC and the 4th Wall Between Mediums

08.png

Once again, I’m late to the party—a damn good party at that. Doki Doki Literature Club has been setting the world ablaze for almost half a year, but only now have I come to understand why. The game is mind-blowing, and one of the truest testaments I’ve ever seen as to why games are so far beyond all other storytelling mediums. Before I get into why that is, however, I must give an obligatory SPOILER WARNING. Though admittedly, I don’t believe I’m spoiling this game in the traditional sense—by divulging plot details and narrative twists—I do think knowing as little about this game as possible before going in will result in the best possible experience you can afford yourself. From what the internet tells me, the game’s length is about 5 hours. It’s also free on Steam, so absolutely play through it if for some reason you’re even later to the party than I am. Continue reading

A Planetarian ~The Reverie of a Little Planet~ (Game) Review

header

Oof, what an adorable robot. Like, before I delve into the story and themes and what not, I need to point out just how genuinely loveable this character is. Yumemi, the robot feature in all of the game’s promotional material and the only character model in the entire visual novel, is an amazing blend objective thinking, raw servant-kindness, and child-like innocence. Her astuteness and endearing productiveness know absolutely no bounds, and her rich dialogue/performance make her a character that I legitimately want to have a conversation with. She’s programmed to do her job as a gracious host of the planetarium, always admirably committed to her guests through the rain, shine, or apocalypse. Continue reading