Pragmatism not idealism: Molleindustria's Every Day The Same Dream


54 Responses to “Pragmatism not idealism: Molleindustria's Every Day The Same Dream

  1. vytautasmalesh says:

    And then I had a sense of deja-vu, like somehow I’d done all this before, and I remembered:

  2. optuser says:

    I’m just getting to this game now about six months too late. This was posted at a time when I only got to view Boing every couple of weeks. Wish I had seen it then, I would’ve quit my crappy job sooner.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Spoilers below

    1) Go to the left outside of your apartment building
    2) Go to work in your boxers
    3) Catch the last leaf
    4) Get out of your car, pet a cow
    5) Jump off the building

  4. JoshP says:

    i love prairie dogs, in their natural habitat, they’re cute. its fun to bring them noms, etc. but it is kinda soul crushing unless you keep a sense of humor.
    remember to skew the Hegelian.
    oh, i liked the leaf. And I committed suicide like 12 times before I solved…which I think is kinda sad.

  5. alowishus says:

    As if doing this in real life didn’t suck enough. Now I have to do it in a game? Fuck that. You know how I’m “breaking the routine?” I’m not spending any more time on this crap.

  6. aelfscine says:

    To me the point of it was that his life was flashing before his eyes, and that was his life – a few eked-out moments of color in an utterly banal world, with most of his day being drudgery. It’s not really a ‘game’ as much as a participatory comment.

  7. squidish says:

    this game is really pretentious.

  8. Anonymous says:

    “Spoilers below

    1) Go to the left outside of your apartment building
    2) Go to work in your boxers
    3) Catch the last leaf
    4) Get out of your car, pet a cow
    5) Jump off the building”

    Did all that. What’s there to “solve?”

  9. Moriarty says:

    Good thing there are indie game designers around to enlighten all us ignorant squares!

  10. squidish says:

    yeah thank god for that :)

  11. Ed Frome says:

    I quit playing after I found I couldn’t kiss the wife goodbye…that hinted that it was going to be needlessly depressing.

  12. Keir says:

    A bit meh as a game, but quite nice as art, and stylish, yes. And nice Radiohead reference in the post title.

  13. Daneel says:

    Ah, I’d rather play Karoshi suicide salaryman. Much more fun, because it’s a proper game.

  14. dragonfrog says:

    So, is it the profundity that I’m completely overlooking, or does the game just not work for me? It says arrows and space to play, but when I press the spacebar or the arrow keys, nothing happens.

    There’s just a dude in boxers, standing in a room with a red glowing alarm clock and a wardrobe full of clothes that flash in a way that makes me glad I’m not epileptic. No key I press changes any of this. No sound. No hint that something will happen if I wait long enough (admittedly I’m feeling not very patient).

    • rrh says:

      That means you would need to upgrade your Flash plugin to play this game and they failed to embed the game in a way that degraded a little more gracefully.

  15. MrJM says:

    Congratulations to 3D Realms for finally releasing “Duke Nukem Forever”

  16. tim says:

    I think it’s wonderfully sad.

    All the protests of ‘it’s not a game! it’s not a game!’ are a mite missing the point. This is exactly what indie web stuff should be doing and you would not see its like elsewhere.

  17. Anonymous says:

    You’re getting next to nothing for a stab in the back
    Aluminum and copper getcha pack of tabac
    You think you’d tired of asking for
    The 9 to 5 jive on the bottom floor
    But underneath the bottle in bottom drawer
    There’s a wild wild world by the equator

    You say good morning, how are you this afternoon
    Well, I’m ok but I’m loony tunes
    I’ll feel better in the coffee room
    Where I can read my paper and stir my spoon
    Then you see the lady in the blue lagoon
    There’s a wild wild by a tropical moon

    Anything is better than this you know
    But you can’t stop now cause you’re on the payroll
    The man with the suit told you to borrow
    Everything you need and to pay it back slow
    How you gonna tell em about down below
    There’s wild wild world where they wear no clothes

    (Equator – D’Bush)

  18. Anonymous says:

    Wow…that was…profound…

  19. Greg323 says:


    The ending was a kicker. Looks like everyone else in the game figured it out before I did.

    Not really life-affirming, but a nice little warning.

    Do what you’d like to do in life when you can, ’cause it’s short, that’s for sure.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Um. Yay?

  21. rob ray says:

    Great game! (Hint: you can win but you have to screw with your “daily routine.”)

  22. Anonymous says:

    a gut-punch for anyone who has or is currently a wage-slave office drone

    I own several. You never know when one might come in handy.

  23. Anonymous says:

    Of course, blocked by office firewall

  24. Anonymous says:


  25. SimplyAaron says:

    I liked that as much, but in a different way than, the game where you spend 10 minutes in a graveyard waiting to die. It should be some sort of odd genre!

    On a side note I’m not sure if I quite like the use of the wife as part of this guy’s personal hell. Maybe if he remarried…?

  26. Anonymous says:

    I think the point of this game is completely lost on a lot of people here. Personally, I thought it was brilliantly creative. Figuring out ways to subvert the everyday routine was oddly thrilling, and the end was suitably bleak.


    I wish I could show up to work in my boxers, get fired as a result, and then wake up the next day and do it all over again. That was the profound part, right? :)

  28. zenkat says:

    hooray … i win.

    pass the razor blades, please.

  29. Anonymous says:

    how do you catch the last leaf?

  30. Anonymous says:

    I petted the cow in my boxers. It was nice.

  31. Anonymous says:

    Lol, in the second round I was thinking “geez, I wish I could walk faster” — and then I got it. It’s just as boring as real life, and that’s the point. The only time I feel like I belong to myself is while getting from Point A to B, when I am free to think my own thoughts. Nice one, bruvah. PS: your boss wishes you’d walk faster, too.

  32. Anonymous says:

    I’m stuck on the last day. I’ve died, been to a quiet place, come to work undressed, and caught the last leaf… what’s number 5? Watching TV and leaving the alarm on aren’t it…

    • maxoid says:

      y’all gotta go to the left outside the apartment building, fot the game’s most odd moment.

      is it weird that i “won” in like five minutes? i only went to work and sat down on the first pass, the rest came naturally. didn’t bother to dress after that first day, either, or silence the alarm or television, or talk to the wife.

      does that mean anything?

  33. Steamboat_Sister says:

    First I couldn’t figure out how to get dressed. And then I gave up.

  34. theRadness says:

    Did I miss something?

  35. Anonymous says:

    Not sure what to make of it. It was so straight-line that it was more like participating in a short story than a game. Your only choices are in what order to do things. Nice soundtrack though.

  36. theRadness says:

    Nevermind- Figured it out. Meh…

  37. Anonymous says:

    “Spoilers below

    1) Go to the left outside of your apartment building
    2) Go to work in your boxers
    3) Catch the last leaf
    4) Get out of your car, pet a cow
    5) Jump off the building”

    Did all that. What’s there to “solve?”

    Are you at the part where there is no one else in the world? If so then you need to go try jumping off the building again. The game is over when it brings you back to the start menu.

  38. VagabondAstronomer says:

    …same as it ever was, same as it ever was, same…

  39. technogeek says:

    OK, so it claims arrow keys, plural, should work.

    After hitting left, there seems to be no choice but to let it put me back in the bedroom.

    Either it doesn’t like my keyboard, or the arrow keys are a complete red herring. Either way, I don’t quite see any point in pursuing it further…

  40. arkizzle / Moderator says:

    I loved this.. but was vaguely weirded out at having to commit suicide to progress.

    And like Anon10, I enjoyed petting the cow in my boxers.. freedom! Anyway, excellent work.

  41. Anonymous says:

    Actually no, you don’t have to jump off the building. That’s the point. By doing all the other things, you can escape that end.

  42. Anonymous says:

    I would have liked it if there had been a dance party on the roof in the end.


  43. Anonymous says:

    Ive done it all except jump off the building. When/how do you do that?

    I love the music on this game.

  44. AirPillo says:

    Well, that sure made me feel miserable.

  45. turbokoala says:

    I thought it was amazing! The story was rather linear, but that added even more to the blandness of the worker’s life, along with the grayness of almost all of the game. Very nice, in my opinion.

  46. Anonymous says:

    Same as anon #11. I’m going to need a walkthrough. gamefaqs plz?

  47. Anonymous says:

    I’m stuck on the last day too. Fired, jumped off the building, found the quiet place, walked about in my boxers….

  48. beeduul says:

    how u shoot the gunz? confuse.

  49. optuser says:

    Catch the last leaf by standing still by your car. Wait for it to fall off the tree and come to you. Hit the space bar when the leaf is close.

    Gunz, swords, and bombs will be in the paid upgrade version. Jay to the kay.

  50. Anonymous says:

    Oh right, I had forgotten I could get out of the car.

  51. Anonymous says:

    I don’t get it. Or, maybe I do, but it’s just not that interesting. I’ve done all this, too:

    “I’m stuck on the last day. I’ve died, been to a quiet place, come to work undressed, and caught the last leaf…”

    I also petted the cow (dressed and undressed), messed with the elevator lady, and ignored bot my wife and boss. What else is there?

  52. Anonymous says:

    suck it.

    i thought it was brilliant, but then, i’m at my wage slave job in a suit and tie at the moment. so maybe perspective had something to do with it.

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