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    dhawthorn's 1979 Revolution: Black Friday (Other)

    [August 29, 2017 11:54:53 PM]
    This is my second attempt at this log, since the website ate my first one. Undoubtedly it will be worse, but something is better than nothing.

    1979 Revolution: Black Friday is a story-style game in the vein of Telltale titles such as Sam and Max and The Walking Dead. Only 1979 is based on a real life event, so the point of the game seems to be to educate the player on the historical event.

    My first choice-based action was I was given pictures to pick from that seemingly controlled the starting point of the story. I started by selecting the picture in the top left, since it made the most sense. Shorty after, my character was kicked to death after my choice to call a man "Asshole" instead of his real name, and subsequently not relenting after an attempt by "Asshole" to beat my character into submission. Not a great start to be sure, but hey at least now I know how many kicks to the rib my character can survive.

    What followed was an emotionally powerful minigame involving the in-game camera and walking around a bustling street. The mechanics of it are pretty frustrating, but comparing the pictures I took in-game to real life pictures of the event was striking. It instantly brought a reality to the game that simple storytelling could not.

    I was also highly impressed by the amount of characters the game presented on screen at the same time. The crowds actually felt substantial, which is something that doesn't happen often on mobile. The game dropped quite a few frames during the busier scenes, but never crashed. So from a technical standpoint, I was amazed.

    I made some dialogue choices along the way, doing my best to sound as neutral as possible since I didn't want to affect the story much. (Paradox: Does not interfering with the story count as changing it? What if I was meant to pick a side and I didn't?) Mostly I learned that my character has family in the police and friends in the resistance, so it makes sense that he only wants to document the events and not take a side.

    This entry has been edited 1 time. It was last edited on Aug 31st, 2017 at 01:27:11.


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    dhawthorn's 1979 Revolution: Black Friday (Other)

    Current Status: Stopped playing - Something better came along

    GameLog started on: Tuesday 29 August, 2017

    GameLog closed on: Tuesday 26 September, 2017

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