Orwell • Show the rebellious side
Because I’m unashamedly a digital hoarder, I almost always go out of my way to add a free game to my gaming libraries … regardless of whether it’s Steam or GOG or Origin or your distribution-model-of-choice. And so when Humble Bundle (part of IGN) gave out free Orwell codes this week (which I assume was part of a promotion for the sequel), I naturally jumped on it and added it to my Steam library. Of course, normally I just add and cancel the installation, but somewhere along the way I must have let this one go – and so when I jumped online today to play something, I saw it there willing me to give it a click.
So I did.
The game itself plays out a bit ‘desktop detective-y’, where you rummage through a computer desktop and a pseudo-internet to uncover clues about an attack in the city of Bonton. There is some Orwellian undertones in the game – “The Party”, “The Capital”, etc. It is actually a good narrative use of nouns, as it kind of both adds to the authoritarian nature of the world, but doesn’t overburden the core story. Orwell himself is a literary genius.
I had to look up the context of this achievement because it didn’t seem progress-based, and this is what I found:
Show the rebellious side
- From her timeline page, upload Cassandra’s posts about her support for the Plaza bombings – proponent of violence.
- Do not upload her conflicting statements from the Thought blog.
So on further investigation, it appears that there’s actually a few different paths and endings that either the game itself or the individual chapters can take. A complete runthrough of the game, then, seems to require multiple playthroughs following multiple story branches. It’s a good game – but time and inclination don’t really grab me for such an in-depth examination of Orwell, and so I’d like to get to ‘an’ end, but whether it’s the right one … I’m not too concerned.
If I’m perfectly honest, my preferred method to play Orwell would be to follow an online walkthrough and just ‘smash out’ the story, but the best I can seem to find is a few achievement lists and how to earn each one (see above). No sequence to tell me ‘what’s next’ or ‘here’s what to click’ … just the cold, quiet void of digital silence.
Sometimes I wonder if the internet really is just for porn.