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About the Experience:

A game without meaning.
A game nobody should play.

A clock, a piano and a girl. What do they all mean?
What is meaning, anyway? What has meaning? Do you have one? A path, a goal, something determined, pre-determined? A light to follow?

Discover a world filled with fear and loneliness. A world where despair breathes and hope dies. A world about you, about us. A world about humanity and about life.

If you had a choice, which one would you make?

There is more to this experience than meets the eye. You have been warned.



About the Development:

This is a walking simulator I've been working on here and there for the past year or so. I wanted to find a way to express how I felt in my darkest times, and I couldn't find any better than an interactive experience. This is a passion project. It is also my first attempt at making a game by myself from scratch.

The Experience should take between 45min to one hour to complete.

This game is not for everyone. This is a tale with little meaning and little hope, born from months of uncertainty and dark thoughts. The gameplay is close to non-existent, and the graphics are little more than boxes and shadows.

Hopefully, this game will open doors for people who need it, give a good scare for those who so desire, and make some others think.

Please leave a rating, comment or share the word around if you enjoyed this experience!



Warnings:

This game explores themes such as depression, anxiety, verbal abuse, manipulative control, and suicide. This game could potentially trigger epilepsy attacks and has some nasty jump scares. Play at your own risk.

Since I was working alone on this game, and even though I tested it countless times, bugs are entirely possible. If you encounter one, please contact me, and I'll try to fix it asap!

This game will manipulate some files and gather some data from your computer. If you do not feel comfortable with this, do not play it.

Always follow the light.
And never look back.


Let's Plays Playlist:

Gameplays of WTDC

As some people have asked me, it is authorized, and even greatly encouraged, to stream/record/share this experience. You can even send me a link to your stream, and I'll try to join the chat if I'm available. :)


Controls:

Movement: WASD, or arrow keys
Action key: F
Jump: Space
Sprint: Shift (you'll need it)

Controls are customizable in the Unity launcher (Input).

The game now offers controller support!


Credits:

Main Music:

"Mars Landscape: Moon Set"
by Julie Maxwell 
www.juliemaxwell.com


Other resources used (Meshes/Audio/Plugins):

Full Credits Attribution



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my computer is too slow for this game but I can't get rid of it. Is there anyway i can get rid of it without playing it? 

Thank you so much for making this game.

Dude coming from a lad who's went through depression and luckily came out on the other side your game is beautiful I'm in tears of joy after it can't wait to experience the other paths in the game but made an account to tell you what a good job you did thank you for sharing this with us

Thank you for your kind words, I really appreciate it! ^_^

For a game about nothing, it sure makes you feel a lot of things.

Hello, how do you start again. I got the "True ending" and I wish to play again. How do you do so?

There's a topic on the subject in the Steam forums.

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Awesome game!

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Thank you! ^_^

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prepare yourself for fame.

Don't worry, I knew about it within the hour of publication. :D

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 I do struggle with depression and anxiety on the highest level and I can say so myself that this game is dead-on with explaining it.  The messages and the lesson that this game teaches is breathtakingly beautiful, but sincerely real. Honestly, this is true poetry in the form of a game. 

Thank you so much for your kind words. I am really glad it resonated with you. :)

I played through the game yesterday and really want to do it again but I can't, is there a way I can run through it again?

(I'm using steam)

Yes! You can delete the folder in My Documents/Darkness. :)

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thank you!

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A really lovely game that took you for a spiritual ride. Thank you for creating this... the piano was also very heartwarming, can I ask where the piece is from ?

Thank you! :)
The piano piece was composed and licensed by Julie Maxwell, and is available for purchase on her website: https://juliemaxwellspianomusic.bandcamp.com/album/farther-than-all-the-stars
(It is the track named "Mars Landscape: Moon Set")

Hey uh... Me again very sorry. But I have finished the game with the good ending and I'm now trying to get the 2nd Run started, though it isnt..... I delete the Darkness file and ive done this possibly hundreds of times. I dont understand what else I need to do to start the 2nd Run, could you help me? Again im sorry gotta bug you about playing your game, but it's just so nice I wanted to keep going!!

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Are you using the Steam or itch.io version?

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I am using the Steam version. Thing is, I already played my first run before, but I deleted my file and went onto my second run, but I got off and it didn't save so I had to redo my 1st run. But now its not letting me do my 2nd run

after you make the bad choice can you ever replay the game and if you can how ? 

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I didn't originally want people to play again, but since there are achievements to unlock, I felt bad for collectors/achievers. So, you can reset your progress by deleting the folder located in My Documents/Darkness. :)

Im already on my 2nd run, and I wanna know what did you use to make your game? I do wanna do computer science and computer programming and this is the type of game I wanna do. Thank you for the beautiful game!!!

I mainly used Unity, Visual Studio Photoshop and Maya. :)

Hello, I am reviewing your game and I made a (short) first impressions video of it. I've enjoyed it so far, if you'd like more info on the review or the video, links to both sites can be found in my profile. Feel free to post as you wish! I am curious though, was it you who narrated the game?

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Thank you very much for trying out and reviewing WTDC!
And yes, the in-game voice is my voice. :)

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I've tried to play this game a few days ago. It kind of hit close to home when I was near the end... So I wasn't able to finish it myself. I've watched a video of this game on YouTube, so I know how it ends.  It's amazing! I really like how this was made. 
I just couldn't finish it myself, since it really hit home...

Thank you! And it's alright. :)
I'm glad you got to see the end, though!

Hello Sirhaian. I played your game and found it particullary great. But I have a problem. I' m stuck in your game. Apparently I died (or scuicide ) and I now can't play the game again. Do you have a solution ?

Also, you really did a good job; this is one of the best game I've ever played if not THE best.

You have to go in your 'My Documents' folder and look for the folder called 'Darkness'. You'll have to delete it and start all over sadly enough.

Thank you !

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I just wanted to say,thanks for making this,i dont know what your plans for the future are in terms of games,or even well if you will develop anymore games,but this has been a special expirience for me i need time to process it but i needed this right before these stressfull and very important exams,those things are not going to break or make my life,from the bottom of my now confused heart i want to thank you.

Thank you for your kind words! I'm really glad you enjoyed this experience. :)

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This is Beautiful. Wow. I've been in a dark place recently, and I'm glad I stuck it through to the end. This broke me, but in a good way. I came away from this feeling better than going in, and I thank you for it.


Not sure if this part was intentional, but on my second time through I ended it. I went into the files and figured out how to start back on the second arc. The controller in the house was back in the kitchen again, and the writing on the walls originally present in the second run through was gone. 


This was amazing, and has opened my eyes to more than I thought a game could. Thank you for making this. 

Thank you for your kind words! I am really glad it resonated well with you. :) 

Some of the files are needed to trigger some of the texts. For example, in the Dream level, with the house, the nuclear file has to be present for it to be different. :) 

Sir please tell me what will happen to my computer if I get the bad ending????

I need to know..

Nothing.
SPOILERS:
The only thing that happens if you take the bad ending is that your desktop background will change, and you will not be able to play the game again (unless you reset it).

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Do I just Restart my computer and my background will be normal?? Also again I thank you for this game... its opened me a area of games I never knew about. I love the game so far, though I'm having trouble on chapter 9.

I found the game on steam and decided to play. I don't regret, this game is so awesome that i decide to an account in here just to congratulate you and to thanks for the experience :)

I loved the game and just have one question, is there anyway to bump myself self to A2? I did the bad ending to test forgetting there was a 3rd

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To A2? I'm not sure to get what you mean. :O
Oh, Arc2! Well, there's one file you can delete for that. I'm sure guides on Steam and some experimentation should do the trick. :)
If you want to entirely reset the game however, you can delete the folder located in My Documents/Darkness.

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ok, thanks. Love the game! 

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I created an account on here just to comment on this game. I played the steam release and I felt like I had learned more about myself through the experience. There was something telling me to play it again, so a few days later, I did. I was surprised to see the changes that were made in the replay. I made the mistake of choosing the bad ending just to see what would happen (I am no able to change my wallpaper back, but I'm not too worried about that.) I deleted the files and replayed it twice more (choosing the good endings this time) and got to the final play through and fell in love with the art and the message. 10/10 I was nothing but pleased by this experience.

Thank you so much for your kind words! It's really appreciated. :)
Glad you enjoyed the Experience!

can I just ask if your speed ninja achievement is something that can be achieved through simple exploration x or do I have to speed run through all the acts ?? I really want to showcase this game as 100% completion but I'm so confused with this achievement 

This guide should explain you exactly how to get it. :)

https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1670174367

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thank you so much you're amazing keep making such great games <3 and for what ever you do at riot =D i hope its as entertaining as your game x

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Very unique experience, I will say I was completely caught off guard with two of those meta moments.

Let's just say that the most startling part was when I closed the game window itself *wink*

(If you're allowed to post spoilers here, how exactly did you accomplish doing that with the background? I've never ever seen that before!)

Thanks! :)

Through a lot of googling and experimenting, hahaha! Basically, it's a screenshot of the "desktop" application. I save the screenshot in a texture, and I re-use it on an object.

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That's really, really innovative, awesome! I  was actually wondering the most about the thing that happens with the player's real desktop background (how it changes to "you were warned") after you do the "death" ending, and try to re-enter the game. That was one of the best scares I have ever had from a horror game! 

Oh that! Well that also required a lot of Googling and experimentation, haha. I just force save one of my textures into a file, and I force that file to render as the background. :)

Windows strangely allows a lot of stuff to be done! I could have done much more, but thought that was more than enough invasion of privacy already. :') 

How do you return to your old background????

I really enjoyed the game!! Honestly an amazing experience! I just really wish I could play more :/ 

Is there anyway to play again after you choose death?? I really want to play thanks!

If you got it from itch.io, you can reinstall the game. :D

Just make sure you delete the "_meaning" folder that was added in the installation folder. This will reset it. :) 

can if you have it on steam the _meaning is in a folder called darkness in your documents 

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I really loved and enjoyed the game! It was a amazing experience and i really like was scared and i felt like i was in the game somehow lol (literally, my name was in the game.).

But you did a really great job with the game keep doing the stuff you do, i'd love to see more games from you! Thanks for a great experience!

Thanks a lot for playing! ^_^
(I am currently exploring possibilities for a potential future experience, but shhhhh.)

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Don't worry... I'll keep quiet ;D Good luck!

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Had a amazing time with the game, love every part of it here is the first part of the game we played. Amazing job on this game, I personally loved that piano piece.

  

Thanks for the gameplay video! :)
Hope you'll continue the Experience! ^_^

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Five starts.

My review: 

Thank you!

(says it all I wanted to tell)

Thank you so much! <3

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Really enjoyed the deep connection between the narrative and the mechanics, and the amount of 4th wall breaking amongst many other things. Great job :)

Thanks! Really glad you enjoyed the Experience! :)

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Damn, that was amazing. How come this game doesn't get as much attention as it should get? 

Thanks!

And I suck at advertising. (:

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Are your restrained by your job at Riot when it comes to advertising your own projects ? I'm curious.

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Not really, no. As long as it's made clear this has nothing to do with my job, and that it's just a personal project, it's okay. :)

LOL if you work at Riot just.... riot (pun intended) and get a proper job where you can make games like this!

I wouldn't leave my current job for anything in the world. :)

But super happy you enjoyed this experience! ^_^

green pewdiepie (jacksepticeye) played your game

just know that this comment was made before that if any 12 year olds get on me

you need to somehow get etika to play this.

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Couldn't put the game down once I started. I typically dont do videos longer than 10-15 min but I really enjoyed the experience and look forward to seeing more form you! 

Thanks for the gameplay video! Really appreciate it! :)
Glad you enjoyed the experience~!

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Ey, thanks for the gameplay video! Really appreciate it! ^_^

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Here's Part 1 of my playthrough of the game. Part 2 coming soon!
I really love this game so far, and I cant wait to see how it ends!!
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Thanks for the gameplay! Super happy you're enjoying this first part of the Experience! ^_^
Little hint: the end may not be the end. (:

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I noticed! I think I got the "Good" ending, but I didnt record the other endings (tbh I havent played them yet)
The second part comes out tomorrow because I love how Meta it is

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Here is the end of the game. Hope you all enjoy it ^_^
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Super happy you enjoyed the first Arc! :p

I love this game so much!!

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Finally got around to playing this game. Really spoke to me, considering my fear of the future. Can't wait to see what else you make, if you plan on creating other games

Thank you! :)
I don't have any other plans right now. But I really enjoyed making this game, so I might make more in the future~

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Muy buen juego.

le dedique un video en mi canal

Thanks for the video! ^_^

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Thoroughly enjoyed this. Thanks for dropping by Randall's stream :)

Glad you enjoyed it! And it was a lot of fun! ^_^

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This game is super creative and impressive idea. if you are wondering how it will be so then check out this video 

When the darkness come Game play Walkthrough .
Click Here ->

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Thanks for the gameplay! ^_^

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You welcome Sirhaian i really enjoy the game best experience like it.

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Great job! Felt a lot of different emotions in this. From confusion (lots of confusion), fear, hope and more. I can definitely see you put a lot of yourself into it and hope it was able to help you work through things. 

From a more technical perspective, there was also a lot of neat stuff here. You say in the description the graphics are little more than boxes and shadows but I thought you did an amazing job with the graphics. 

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Thank you so much for playing the first part of the experience! ^_^

I wonder what would happen if you were to relaunch the game. (:

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Amazing game. Emotional Experience .

This is my gameplay.

Thanks for playing! Loved your ending. :)
I'm glad you enjoyed the experience~!

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Truly a nice game!

Actually this is the first horror game I've ever played... and I was really scared sometimes. But I could feel something different, unique. I can't describle that feeling, though quq

I'd like to translate it to Chinese as soon as you carry out the translation.


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White light, dark and red light are the main colors of this game. White light helped me much, while dark and red light (and the people) were scaring me out of wits hhh

The jumping (10th) is really unfriendly to me o_o

And about the meaning of this game, it's like an encouragement to me. I'm easily getting depressed these days (but gladly still far away from depression, I think).

And, hope you're alright!

Thank you so much! ^_^

Really glad you liked the experience. :) 

I do not have any plans to translate the game currently, sorry! 

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This was beautifully done, gameplay was smooth and graphics were nice.  Well done on a great game, and if this is based on personal experience, I hope you are doing good these days <3!

Thank you so much! <3
Most of it was, yes. Making this experience actually helped me get better. :)

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