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This is a game that is way too scary. It will feature at least one scene where a loud noise happens and, like, totally scares you.
This is a game that is way too scary. It will feature at least one scene where a loud noise happens and, like, totally scares you.
103 backers pledged $1,324 to help bring this project to life.

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WHO AM I

Did you play that musical game about alpacas, or did you play that game where Michel Foucault's head chases you until you die, or did you play that text game where Slavoj Žižek makes a text game, or did you play that game where you smash the patriarchy? I made all of those games, and I made them for free and host them for free. I like when things are free.

I blog five days a week at thiscageisworms, too, so maybe you've read something of mine there.

WHY DO YOU NEED MONEY 

I put most things I do out on the internet for free because I think that is an important thing to do. But those things aren't actually free. Hosting costs me some money every year. The amount of time I take making free games and writing weird games criticism is in the hundreds of hours a year, and it probably won't ever be less.

So when you give me money for this kickstarter, you make it possible for me to make this game. You buy me cups of coffee and you pay for web hosting, basically.

Additionally, while I am competent at designing and doing the art for a game, I am utterly hopeless at making music for a game. If this kickstarter makes, I would be able to pay some money to someone who had already graciously said they would make a couple tracks for the game. 

UPDATE: 6/13

So I don't want to introduce too much feature creep because that might keep me from actually finishing the game. To make sure that doesn't happen, the next two (and last two) stretch goals are just expanded ways for people to play the game. 

UPDATE: 5/30

I said I would have more details about the music in the game, and here they are. There will be an OST with a few tracks done by Anatra. It will be some ritual ambient stuff. Trust me, it is so good. I'm adding in a new reward tier for this--at the $10 level you will get some high quality MP3s of the OST. It might be three tracks, it might be ten. Who knows. 

THE GAME

A while back I had the idea to make a horror game, but first I wanted to know how horror games "worked." That long trek turned into the Designing Horror series on my blog, and what I worked out from that is that I didn't want to make a horror game like all the other indie horror games that are out there.

I also realized that my favorite scary piece of media is Ghostbusters.

So with that in mind, the next game that I make will be a horror game that is probably not all that scary. It will be sort of side scrolly and you can't jump and most of the time it will be about interacting with things and talking to people instead of doing anything game-y. What I am looking at is Hugo's House of Horrors mixed with "His Face All Red" in a tortilla made out of Tom Gauld comics. Side dishes include: that scary scene where Bob crawls over the couch in Twin Peaks, Dan Clowes' Like A Velvet Glove Cast in Iron, and some Dear Estherisms. 

So maybe that will make a game. It will probably be between five and ten minutes long, will be available for free at heylookatmygames.com, and will come out sometime in August 2013.

I'm keeping a gif-based devthing at this imgur page because why not.

Here are some GIFs I have made during the process of making game assets and trying to make everything work the way I want it to:

THE FIRST ANIMATION TESTS

ABOVE: how dialogue will look
BELOW: a horrible mistake with zooming


SOME CHARACTERS

Risks and challenges

There aren't any risks. The project isn't huge, I've made a number of art assets, and it is just a slow process of making the game from here on out. I've made a number of games before and they all exist, so it seems like things might be okay.

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    I will write your name in a blog post in a larger font than I write the $1.00 people. You are five times better than those people, and you should be proud. You will also get to play the game because the game will be free.

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    I will write a 100 word story about you. I will email it to you. You will love it, I promise, because it will make you very excited. You will also get to play the game because the game will be free.

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    This is exactly the same as the other $10 reward, but you will also get the OST done by Amatra. There will be some high quality mp3s sent to you via a very special link sometime after the game is completed.

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    You see the way the characters are drawn? I will draw you in this way. Just a still shot of you chilling out and being a cool person just like you are in real life. Congratulations. Bask in it. All you have to do is send me a description of yourself or a picture or whatever.

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    The same as Reward Tier #4 but I will animate you doing a little dance or like waving or something. Or maybe like falling down. I don't know, my art skills aren't very good, you might bob up and down too much.

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    There will be a triumvirate of ghost animals AND YOU WILL BE THE CHOOSER OF THOSE ANIMALs.

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    You are a hero of the people. You get all of the previous tiers plus I will gchat you, like, all the time to talk to you about the design of the game and to make sure that everything meets your specifications.

    You'll basically be a magical wonderbeing.

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