I think Keurig machines are awful—it's like fussing with a rocket launcher to make a small, bitter cup of plastic-tasting coffee. Even their own pod creator regrets spawning them (and their plausible associated environmental hazards).
A new interactive fiction game called Morning Rituals, by Lucas J.W. Johnson, has some fun with the hulking, blinking, nearly-sentient coffee machine, with its tedious lever and demanding water tank. The player is compelled to approach it and to go through its motions multiple times per day til the act starts to seem dark. No spoilers or anything, but this type of obeisance is pretty ritualistic.
Morning Rituals is a well-made Twine game, in that while it's mostly text (besides a leering image of the K-machine, whose color of light you can select), the system you engage with has a sense of permanence, and the repetition of interacting with it helps the player inhabit the fiction. It costs just $1.33, is playable in your browser, and links inside the game itself go to wonderful YouTube tracks by Devin Vibert you can optionally enjoy alongside.
I recommend sending it as a little gift to that friend, relative or co-worker who is always moaning sepulchrally about being shackled to their coffee machine.
The Offworld Collection, presenting the very best features and essays from Offworld, is finally available to buy directly from Campo Santo for $40. I had the pleasure of designing and illustrating this splendid 250-page hardcover volume, but it’s the excellent writing, edited by Leigh Alexander and Laura Hudson, that makes it an essential buy. You […]
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With all due respect to our vegetarian friends, there might be nothing more intrinsically linked to the 4th of July holiday than a big ole cookout. Sure, fireworks and celebrating the birth of a constitutional republic are great too, but showing off your cooking prowess with a brilliantly seared, mouth-watering slab of grade-A American beef […]
We’re at the midway point of 2020. So…how’s the year going for you so far? Yeah…we can guess. But while there’s a lot about 2020 we can’t directly control, maybe a little retail therapy can help make you feel better. Sure, the 39 items we gathered together can absolutely bring a smile to your face. […]
When revved-up kids used to dribble a basketball through the kitchen or practice their footwork with a soccer ball in front of the television, exasperated parents would often just send ‘em outside to play. But these days, sending kids out might not be the best course of action. Despite all the changes, many budding young […]