In thriller and slasher movies, the "Final Girl" is a popular trope: "the last woman alive to confront the killer, ostensibly the one left to tell the story." But what happens to final girls when the movie ends?
The gentle conversation game Final Girls, by spideyj (who describes herself as "just a person who likes playing and making games"), imagines a group therapy session led by a very familiar-looking "Ellen". In the group, girls from popular horror films talk over the effects of their trauma and the lingering challenges of their everyday lives. It's not an occasion for wry film references or humor, nor is it salacious—rather it's a nuanced imagination of these women as whole people, with new hobbies, relationships and opportunities.
The "objectives" of the game itself are very loose—you as the player get to decide whether to encourage the women to open up about recent things that aren't easy to talk about, like having an anxiety attack during a date—or in the case of Laurie from Halloween, feeling happy about life even though the people around her are still struggling.
It's a free, simple browser experience with some surprising depth, using familiar characters to express constructive compassion toward people who suffer from trauma or anxiety, and to provide a remarkably pragmatic look inside an imagined group therapy environment.
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 […]
Zoya Street, curator of Critical Distance, offers slow reflections on the fast-paced world of digital play…
This week, our partnership with Critical Distance brings us reading on parenting via Tomb Raider, the utility of the word ‘gameplay’, and experiences from Nintendo ‘play counselors’ from the 1980s and 90s.
In photography as in film, all the real artistry is in post-production – increasingly so, with the new possibilities cropping up in digital imaging. If you’re ready to get serious about your photography, may we suggest HDR Projects 2018 Pro. As working photographers can tell you, this imaging software can help you re-imagine even the […]
A picture can be worth a heck of a lot more than just a thousand words. If you’ve squinted for ages trying to get just the right photo, you might have the right passion for a career behind the camera. You might even have the right equipment, but do you have the know-how? The Beginner-To-Expert […]
In case you hadn’t noticed from the sleigh bell-heavy music and the hues on your Starbucks cup, the holiday season hasn’t shown any more patience this year. But that doesn’t need to be a bad thing, especially if you’re hoping to get a jump on your shopping. Retailers aren’t waiting til Black Friday to dish […]