In what’s really a departure for me, I fired up my Mac and played a Steam game.
Highly recommended by a few IGN staff and with enough intriguing non-spoiler hints, I chose to dive in to Doki Doki Literature Club. Plus the game was free.
The game comes off initially as a cloying continuation of a strange genre of video games: the dating sim.
However, after the first two hours, it becomes evident that the game is setting up the player for a huge twist.
I don’t actually want to say more to ruin anyone’s experience with this game. I’d just say dive in without learning anything more than the bare minimum and prepare to power through the sometimes awkward feelings of playing a japanese dating sim.
In hindsight, this game is extremely well written and thoughtfully mapped out. It leans hard on the tropes of the genre but only to completely blow them up by the end. I came to appreciate the light-hearted tone and dialogue at the end because of what comes after.
The game also has a plethora of secrets and easter eggs and it’s been fascinating to dive into those online.
Again, I highly recommend checking this game out. And don’t read anything about it until you do.