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Dear Esther: Grief, Ghosts and Love After Death

Have you ever walked out of a movie theater, feeling heavy, burdened, but ultimately, more alive than when you walked in? That was how I felt when I finished my first play through of Dear Esther. 894 more words


Recommended Reads #2

Nintendo music at its calming best, life lessons from Assassin’s Creed, the role of memory in Dear Esther, and how retro can you go? Here are a few interesting reads from the blogosphere: 604 more words

Assassin's Creed

The Grasshopper: Not-Games

I’ve long been of the opinion that games like Dear Esther technically aren’t games. That’s not to disparage them at all – it’s just to classify them according to their actual type.  1,083 more words

Video Games & Narrative

Dear Unknown

Vindpinad vegetation klänger sig fast vid branta sluttningar ner mot ett hav som saknar sitt salt. Jag ger av mitt eget; kanske för att det får mig att minnas något som aldrig hänt. 281 more words


The Real Life Dear Esther

One of the reasons for me being a bit inactive lately is that I’ve been on holiday! I arrived in Stanstead yesterday evening after being in Sardinia for 6 wonderful days. 90 more words

Video Games

A Unique Triumph in Tonal Storytelling

Dear Esther was officially released in early 2012, but has somehow remained a graphical triumph. Its lighting systems, water physics (or lack thereof), and 3D textures cannot hope to rival those of modern releases, but the game’s set piece images—its pathways through grassy basins and drab beaches, its heavy moon streaked across a distant waterscape, its bleak overcast pierced by the blinking red light of a signal-tower—are arranged with a natural modesty that allow stylistic appeal to makes up for a lack of technical perfection. 342 more words


Dear Esther And The Nature Of Memory

I should begin this post by saying I’m dearly sorry that I’ve been quite distant. If I’ve been abstaining from liking and commenting in the community recently it has not been because I’ve taken a disliking to any of you, I still love you all rigorously and passionately. 1,733 more words

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