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Keys of a gamespace. An expressive game

by Sébastien Genvo

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File size: 114 MB
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Graphics: 640x480, 8-bit (256 col)

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20 Feb 2013
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Short game (can be completed within 30 minutes)
Short game Can be completed within 30 minutes
Medium length game Takes at least 30 mins to finish
Full length game As long as a Sierra / LucasArts classic
MAGS game Monthly AGS competition entry
Non-adventure game Using Adventure Game Studio for something else?!
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Content advisory:
Explicit dialog

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About this game

An expressive game allows you to dive into someone else’s life in order to explore his or her psychological / cultural / social problems. You can experience his or her ethical / moral dilemmas and face the consequences that occur of such situations.

Keys of a gamespace is part of this approach of video games, linked to the research of Sébastien Genvo on the expressive potential of game design. Just like cinema or comics, we think that video games in general are not a minor medium of expression. They can also deal with heavy or complex topics. For example, the following works have been sources of inspiration for our project : Mystic River, EraserHead, Twin Peaks (movies), A Town faraway, Black hole, American Splendor(comics).

Visit our website to have access to the French version or Portuguese version of the game!
See the people who made this game and any other games they've worked on >>
Game design / Story / Scripting / English translation / Character design and animations / Art director
Marie Garel
Backgrounds and objects graphic design
David Dupuy
Olivier Guillien
Sound design
Sarah Katz
English translation / Proof reading
Florian Harmand
Interface design – Web integration
Portuguese Translation

6 people commented on this game (newest first):

This was a dark thought provoking game.
2019-04-28 17:37:44 by Michael2968
Beautiful stylised backgrounds, a short game light on dialogue and puzzles but heavy on atmosphere and emotion.

Deals with some pretty dark subject matter and will likely leave a lasting impression.
2014-02-25 23:44:39 by Myshkin
This game is more than it seems.
2014-01-24 23:50:35 by Janos Biro
Fantastic game. I'd gotten in touch with the author after playing it to discuss influences. We gamers seem to have a lot in common;)

Great philosophical story here, but told in a fresh new way. Recommended!:)
2014-01-12 02:46:40 by Grim
A truly amazing short game. I can't even express how much I enjoyed the graphics/visual style! The same goes for all audio/music, together they managed to really draw me into the game.

It's a rather disturbing story and will leave a lasting expression. Thank you for making and sharing this.

And because I just have to point out some weaknesses:
- players actions determine the ending, but I would have loved a little more focus on that.
- everything looks and feels jsut so wonderful, it's a real shame that the mouse cursors and font haven't been customized!!
2013-05-27 21:28:47 by san.daniele
This is a very nice short game. Visually it's great since the backgrounds are beautifully hand-drawn. It makes you rethink some life's aspects, also, and there's a forum online (you're provided with the url at the end of the game) to discuss the choices you have made.

In short, not a traditional game but a short human life philosophy experiment to make :) Good work, author/s!!
2013-05-02 17:01:45 by juanmaguerrero
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