I make experimental games
My entry for the Procedurally Generated Content Competition of TIGSource.
For an explanation, go here.
What do you think of this game? Let me know!
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Lo juego, pero no lo entiendo. Igual siempre es divertido hacer que alguien se suicide.
By Marco Mustapic on June 3
Es entretenido ver a la gente corriendo desesperada por la ventana y luego saltar. Pero no entiendo mucho el juego, probe cortar relaciones a lo loco y probe cortar poco, tambiÃ©n puse una luna por ahÃ… hay algo mas?
- Hey, did you see that?
- Did you see someone go past the window?
- Somebody just went past the window. That way.
By Fran on June 3
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By Ludomancy » Night Raveler and the Heartbroken Uruguayans: The Game on June 3
Well… a really nice game. It’s pretty fun to explore and play with those uruguayan emotions.
Anyway I wonder some things… when you get the moon the game is over? If so, it’d be nice to know it… but besides, why does it give you the moon? When I completely destroyed their hearts it gave me a dark moon. When I renewed all the relationships it gave me a bright moon… is that it?
Poor uruguayans, maybe they wanted to continue their old relationships!
By Santiago Vilar on June 3
White lines are hard to see between windows. Playing more.
By Xeno on June 4
Wow, nice little game. I was only able to get the tragedy and happiness endings.
I really like the aesthetic, and particularly the conceit that you can see the relationships between people. The music is perfect, too.
Did you make this in Processing?
By Darius K. on June 4
@Darius: actually, it’s a pure java applet. The idea that processing is too much of a toy stuck with me, so I never gave it a chance again…
Thank you for the feedback!
By Daniel Benmergui on June 4
I’ve just updated the game…there are many improvements and fixes, including much better instructions and clearer feedback on the ending.
I try it. Having two possible endings. First with many people died, and the second with all people happy.
By Cristian on June 4
Hey I like this update really much better. Congratulations!
I have seen the 3 endings
By Santiago on June 10
By Daniel Benmergui on June 10
Hey! This is really great! Thanks for the shout out. Very good game, in particular I love placing the moon at the end!
By rod humble on June 10
Like a good wine, a good poem or a good piece of art of any kind, this game has an after tasteâ€¦ itâ€™s small, simple and elegant yet with a meaning.
After you play, that first impression of the little guy being a bad person, you realize that he was actually a good person that can help people, if used for love, breaking hearts is a good thing.
And thats the beautiful thing of this game.. of what it has to say about the complexity of human relationships.. what was sad, ended up being good..
And the final touch of putting the moon in the sky..
This game is an interactive poem!
By Santi Siri on June 10
This is indeed a beautiful game.
It puts the over-thought ones to shame.
For in its simple concept; choice,
You can clearly hear a whispered voice,
ask “Will you cut me, end this pain…
or can you make me whole again?”
And phantom answers; “Nevermind, but sleep,
I can do both and by the ‘morrow,
you’ll no longer weep.”
My goodness, this game is nice! As has been said, it’s like good, simple poetry. Not terribly difficult after playing a few times, but I know that’s not the point.
Beautiful, and very soothing, somehow.
By Sylverone on June 12
@Sylverone: wow… that’s a unexpected post… thank you!
By Daniel Benmergui on June 14
I agree, it’s a very beautiful, soothing game.
I also like the music, it really compliments that heartbroken uruguayan mood.
By kalindo on July 12
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By Ludus Novus :: Benmergui’s Three Views of Love on September 19
This is like a Woody Allen videogame
By Javi-S on September 24
For some reason I can’t play the game. Its just a blank grey square.
By Anonymous on September 28
my fucking birthdays on june 3! YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!@!!!!!!!!!~~~~~~~~~~~~@!~!~!~!~!~!~!@!@!~!@~!@~
By rhrth on September 28
Great Game and theme, but no matter how muh i tr, there’s always 1 person left unhappy.
By Jedi on September 28
w00t! ALL ENDINGS
How come I only get a white screen? :[
By Luis on September 28
@Luis: you need to have java installed:
By Daniel Benmergui on September 28
I have a soft spot for visualisations of metaphysical concepts.
After a single leap of logic – that ‘connections’ are represented as string – so much else follows naturally. The fact that stronger connections can’t be broken, that weaker ones can…
Though I had to read the rules and play it ‘as a game’ in order to get everyone to be happy, it still gave me a lovely warm, fuzzy feeling.
By Behrooz 'Bezman' Shahriari on September 29
Why are they Uruguayans? Uruguayans aren’t black?
I can dig this game. It needs a refresh button so I can go for different endings, though. And if you could tie these concepts together into one full-length game, that would be swell.
Also, I tend to end up with a lot of polygamists when I play this.
By Zach on September 29
yes! i got all happiness!
i love this romantic attachment you have with love and the moon.
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By Dave Damato on October 1
how the hell do i lay the damn game theres nothing to let me or anything for me to press to take me to the games page
By rob asbury on October 1
there are lots of afro uruguayan people.
lots. you should think before spouting out nonesense.
By el uruguayo on October 3
Great game, I love the music Stuck on how to get everybody happy though
By Domino on November 9
My girlfriend said it is the perfect example of a social theory called “web of relations”. People who have all their connections cut too abruptly, and cannot make another, tend to depress and suicide. At the same time, if they make new connections, they tend to be stronger then the lost ones.
Anyway, it’s a great game, most of the people who posted here don’t really understand it, I think…
I think what you doing is very important and very beautiful. Congratulations. I made a review for I wish I were the moon on my blog: http://infoblarg.blogspot.com/
By Janos Biro on November 26
@Janos: thank you very much!
I noticed your review of Moon. Beautiful. Thanks for that, too.
By Daniel Benmergui on November 26
I also enjoyed this one greatly, the music has a kind of wondrous night time quality but the semi-psychotic warble effect reminds me of the tragic consequences you can make happen.
So far I’ve found three endings, all happy, tragedy and “survivor’s love”. Are those the only endings or am I missing something?
By William Hart on January 9
@William: that’s all! Thanks for playing!
By Daniel Benmergui on January 9
After I’ve done the laundry and I’m matching my socks, sometimes i pretend my socks are people and that i’m God trying to find their perfect matches. hahah, this game reminded me of that.
I’m always a little sad when i can’t find a match for a sock/person.
fun game, i’m glad i finally got everyone to have hearts.
By Jonathan Zungre on April 22
I am Course Leader for BA Games Art and Design, Norwich University College of the Arts. One of my graduating students brought your work to my attention, I am very impressed. Not sure where you live but would you be interested in coming to give a lecture/talk/workshop/video conference about your work to my students during 2009/10 academic year, if so please email me directly firstname.lastname@example.org We will shortly have a ‘Student Exhibition Portal’ official ribbon cutting (June 28)…. so from then all will be able to see what they have been doing.
By marie-claire isaaman on May 8
Wow, it’s really hard to get the happiness ending!
By JoshB on May 8
Hey, nice work, Still stuck on how to get hapiness
By Gintaras on May 11
Great game. It took me a while, but I finally got the all happy ending.
By Anonymous on May 16
This is a great game, but it does’nt show the whole game…
By MK542 on June 3
It wont work
By Christine on June 4
All Hapiness Ending.
By Anonymous on June 6
For me there’s always one sad guy left over…
By Forta on June 8
I loved the game AND the music!
By Kelly on June 11
I cant find the link to the game
By Steven on June 16
@ all of the people who complained about the uruguayans being protrayed as “black”, it’s call a silhouette. perhaps you’ve heard of it.
By khus on June 17
I’ve just recently discovered and fell in love with all of your games. But I can’t find the link to this one. Am I missing something? Help!
By Travis on July 2
Is this game not playable anymore?
where can I play it??
By SadFace on July 16
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By The Joys of Being Simple on July 22
I got three endings.
By nick on July 24
The game sounds good according to all of the comments, but I can’t seem to get to the end of the game! Everything works perfectly when I first cut a line, but when I try to cut another line the hole game freezes!
Any idea why it freezes at my second cut? Has it got something to do with Java? Please answer quickly!
By Littlesniff on October 3
It’s probably Java… try a different browser…
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what r u suposse to do?
By emily on October 18
my person jumped out of the window XD
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By daniel benmergui – get his games « A Crepuscular Melange on November 12
Are there a total of three possible endings?If yes,then I’ve seen them all.If not,I better keep trying.:p
By Pat_Hearts_m00fins on November 14
Why can’t I see a play the game button? and I can’t click on the pic either. can someone tell me how I’m supposed to play this game?
By Arian on December 14
i accidentally made them all commit suicide…..
By Psycho224 on December 31
All hearts! Great game!
By Superblockman on January 5
A nice little game. I have only found 2 of the three endings. But it also has a very intersting concept.
By Alison C on February 1
Just found this website and gotta say, I love all your games! They are so beautiful and creative! Today I die was awesome, I shared it with all my friends. Keep up he amazing work!
By Caty K. on July 16
I found the third ending, I didnt even expect there IS a third one. Try to make everybody unhappy/dead, except two people who “love” eachother. VoilÃ¡!
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Tragedy- Cut all relationships at an instant. About half the people should commit suicide. Ending Achieved!
Survivor`s love- The easiest ending. Just make sure some are happy and others are sad. If you really can`t do it, just cut all the weak lines, but slowly.
All Happiness: The hardest ending. First, cut all excessive relationships. (Example: person A, B, and C are all in a weak triangle. cut any line.) Next, cut some that leave someone alone. Don`t do this again until all lonely people are in relationships. If someone`s in love, cut their weak lines, if any. Also, note that if a person has two weak lines, they will not fall in love. Keep this in mind, and with a little luck, you may get the ending. I`ve gotten it twice in 10 tries.
By Phoenix on July 26
for some reason, Firefox 6 failed to notify me that i need to install the java plugin in order to view all the content.. weird, because it notifies me on other sites..
By jakab ubul on August 31
the goddamn game wont load! every link i use, i just come to this blog, and i cant click on the picture! PLEASE FREAKIN FIX THIS!! I LOVE THIS GAME!!!1!
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I can’t see the whole screen! i can only barely see the heads of some people at the bottom of the screen! Is anyone else having this problem? Also, the music stop abruptly, mid-note, then continues again minutes later.
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