Thursday, September 5, 2013

Support Interactive Digital Insanity Through the Neverending Nightmares Kickstarter Campaign



Just as the falling prices of film and video production equipment has spurred the work of independent filmmakers, the falling prices of computer technology has likewise spurred the work of independent video game developers. Of particular note is an upcoming project called Neverending Nightmares by Matt Gilgenbach, an indie horror game that is advertised as being "inspired by the developer's battle with mental illness." Sweet!

According to the description provided inspired by Gilgenbach on the Kickstarter page he set up to raise funds for his game, "Neverending Nightmares is a psychological horror game inspired by the real horror of my battle with obsessive-compulsive disorder and depression. It features a truly interactive narrative structure allowing you to shape the outcome of the game. It will take the psychological horror genre in a new direction by eschewing many traditions that don’t contribute to creating an immersive horrifying experience such as limited save points, item collection/ammo hoarding, and puzzle solving. ... The gameplay focus is on exploration. Horror is amplified by vulnerability, so you won't be picking up guns and shooting monsters. While there may be some very light combat mechanics, you will have to work to avoid confrontation. ... We want to make a game that is accessible and fun for a wide variety of skill levels. In Neverending Nightmares, the punishment for death is that you either wake up in the same nightmare (like a checkpoint) or "dying" will transport you to a different branch in our narrative than if you had succeeded."

Since I'm a huge fan of exploration-based horror games that emphasize madness and vulnerability (games like Silent Hill: Shattered Memories and Calling), I'm excited to see what Neverending Nightmares will be like once it is completed. Click here to go to the Neverending Nightmares Kickstarter page, which features more information about the game such as gameplay, controls, art style, and more. The page also features a disturbing teaser video, which you can see in the window below.

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