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between - a game about consciousness and isolation
Between is a video game written by Jason Rohrer about consciousness and
Between is a multiplayer-only art game. As a result, some people like
it, many people do not get it and some people hate it. Search the
internet for the author's name and the game title to find some
discussion about the game before dismissing it. Some sample discussions
and reactions are listed below.
You can play Between with a friend or stranger over the Internet. Both
players will see a field, sky, clouds, a square structure and a
shimmering tower. The interface reveals the initial controls (reference
below). The players place red-green-blue blocks on the field and pile
them upwards. Placing blocks over the shimmering tower causes pleasant
tones while the colours match. Soon enough the players will not be able
to match any more blocks with the complex patterns and colour variety
in the tower. To the left is a bed indicating sleep. To the right is a
bright room indicating wakefulness. Cycling through the dream and
wakefulness states gives players three different realities in which to
build the shimmering tower. Eventually in the state between dream and
reality, mysterious interactions between the two players block
placements and reality cycling patterns will result in blocks with new
colours and patterns appearing on the field. These new blocks can then
be used to match more and more of the shimmering tower over time...
The most interesting part about this game is the emotions it evokes
within the player of the game. The ultra-low-res pixel art helps here,
by not being too distracting and by leaving plenty room for viewer
Between has no command-line options.
The left and right arrow keys move left and right.
The spacebar is used to place or grab blocks.
The b/n keys are used to change the colour of the placed blocks.
The s/w keys are used to sleep/wake the player.
The Esc key is used to quit the game.
The game resolution and use of fullscreen or a window can be set by
editing the files in /etc/between.
The website: http://www.esquire.com/features/best-and-
December 2010 between(6)