The hunt for the gay planet

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Today I am going to have a presentation about anna anthropy´s Elit piece The hunt for the gay planet. Before I began going thru the text, I wanted to read the editorial statement; and I found out what the story was based on: 

“The work takes its premise from a mainstream online roleplaying game, Bioware’s Star Wars: The Old Republic, which in 2013 announced they were expanding their romance options in-game to include homosexual options, but only on a single planet in the galaxy. anthropy satirizes this decision with this beautifully retro piece, in which the player is invited to gradually explore the galaxy (looking under rocks and in caves) in search of a lesbian romance. The game serves as a powerful example of Twine’s potential as a platform for commenting on and engaging with AAA gaming, as Twine builds on the traditions of hypertext to allow for complex decision management and choice-driven experience design.”  (A Twine is an open-source tool for telling interactive, nonlinear stories)

The hunt for the gay planet is a piece that I feel is supposed to be funny, but obviously wants to make a point at the same time. Some of the things that is written is so stupid that it gets funny, but at the same time I feel like it is supposed to be over exaggerated just to make the point clear; that point being that it is just so extremely stupid that if you want to play a videogame with a player that is gay, you can only do that on one small planet in the game… and you would have to pay for it too??:  “The Hunt for the Gay Planet began as a spoof of Knights of the Old Republic‘s “Makheb” DLC (a planet in the game’s universe where gay characters existed and queer relationships were possible, available only by paid purchase)

This Elit is only based on text, there is no pictures or music, but the author anna anthropy makes it fun anyway, by adding a lot of options that makes us eager to know what comes next when we choose one of them. Anthropy is a really good writer, I feel like its me that is going thru space to find the planet. The story starts off with a woman just looking around trying to find her way to lesbonica, the gay planet… but the story gets more and more intense, and she gets more and more frustrated. We have to look under rocks, dig holes, go left, go right… where is that planet?? You can find out what happens next yourself –>  The Hunt for the Gay Planet 

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Hobo Lobo of Hamelin

Just from looking at the first page of hobo lobo, I am intrigued. The storybook feeling with text that starts with “Once upon a time” and a colorful picture at top – very cool. We get introduced to the story with the text: “Once upon a time, in an age long forgotten because it was somewhat boring and contrived, there was this picturesque hamlet full of God-fearing wholesome people”.

On the top of the page you can see numbers, 1, 2, 3, 4… So I clicked on “2”: The picture change and a new text pops up. The image doesn’t just change like it would if you scroll thru pictures on your phone, It slides from one picture to another by things popping up and moving – soo cool and interesting, i can’t wait to see what comes next!

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At the third text I realize that this story isn’t for children – Skjermbilde 2017-09-10 kl. 22.32.35 This is going to be interesting!

I go to the next page and the page after that, I realize the story is about a mayor who is nervous about a election. He goes to a psychic, and what i really liked there is that the round glass ball that she looks into to see his future, it was moving stuff around inside it – almost like fireworks.

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After that, we I see “page 2”, so I clicked on it, a new chapter unfolds…

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“One day, a stranger came to town” 

Lets see what this stranger is up to. He opens up a shop in the market. He´s Hobo lobo! I forgot to mention the rat problem, this is what the mayor is mostly concerned about. And he goes to hobo lobo to try and get some help from him.

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A new chapter unfolds.. and sound appears, grasshoppers and birds in the background at night – I feel like I´m in the story. In the beginning of this chapter it doesn’t have text, only pictures – and the further we get, a harmonica starts to play louder and louder, I really enjoy this chapter.

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“Days went by and Hamelin was free from rats.” So.. Hobo Lobo solved the problem??, but the mayor took all the credit?? It seems like that. “A week went by and Hamelin was still rat-free. The mayor wasn’t coming by to pay the Lobo, so Lobo called the mayors’ office”

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The mayor and Hobo lobo is not on good terms. He refuses to pay Hobo, and throws him out on the street when he tries to talk to him. Hobo sues the mayor and the city government. It doesn’t go well….

“The judge demanded to see the contract in question and was not satisfied with the explanation that it was a verbal agreement. Lobo was deemed in contempt of the court for bringing up a frivolous suit.

What’s more, the mayor countersued the Lobo for blackmail and extortion and won—now he owed a large damage sum and the cost of two trials”

we then see the mayor is getting interviewed on a radio show… and on chapter 7…

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…the story ends..

.. music starts, and people walk in a line..

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And when you click on “more to come”, we get this information:

Stats: Updates happen on average every 23.3 days. Recently they’ve happened 72.3 days apart. Last update happened 1137.2 days ago… Ahem, I am probably very sorry stuff is late. I suspect I may have a good reason for it. Twitter or Tumblr may know more… Also, check out stats over time.

Its a long time since the last update… but! I really enjoyed this story. I loved the pictures, I loved the music, it didn’t get boring at all, some stories I just want to skip everything – but not in this case. I wanted to see and read everything! I loved it!

RedRidingHood

My first blogpost is going to be a analysis on the Elit piece RedRidinghood by Donna Leishman. This is going to be exiting, but also challenging.

Before we begin to explore, RedRidinghood gets introduced as a “playful retelling of the Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale” and it even comes with an instruction: “To hear the sound, turn on the computer’s speakers or plug in headphones. Move the mouse over and click active areas to interact with the environment”. This should be fun, lets begin!

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The first thing i notice is the color scheme; red and black.. The red probably symbolize red riding hood, and the black makes the vibe kind of “scary”. I see a girls face, and she is telling me to read a book, she obviously wants me to click on it – and by doing that, the story starts.

I really like that this story is interactive, that the reader have to participate, and i also love that it is not hard to understand what to click on next… but if you get confused on where to click next, the mouse changes from a arrow to a hand icon on the spot that is a new link to the next part of the story.

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The girls mom gives her a basket, and red riding hood is off to the woods to pick flowers for her grandma.. we see red riding hood walking in the woods with a wolf following her, and second later, a boy with wolf arms is next to her on a kick wheel while she is walking. The boy is liking his lips.

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Red riding hood picks flowers and falls asleep. We get two options; “Shall red dream?” or “Wake her up!” — we have to make a decision! I am choosing to let her dream… lets see what happens next!.. oh no.. we had to wake her up. The “shall red dream” button didn’t work… I looked it up, and that button should work, but I tried it several times and it didn’t work any of the times I tried.. so I think that ruined the point of the story for me.

I clicked on the “wake her up” and then we see the wolf boy skates to the grandmas house and walks in. Red riding hood arrives with the flowers, she sees the wolf boy in bed.. but then suddenly she is the one lying on the bed… a person comes over (wolf boy??)…. touches her forehead.. and she has a baby in her stomach..??

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Did red riding hood and the wolf boy get a baby together?? When did this happen? Did they fall in love? What happened to the grandma?? OR is she dreaming??  So many questions..

The ending was so fast, so I had to watch it at least three times so that I could catch everything that was happening. It was kind of a weird ending, and i dont know what the authors meaning behind it is.. And I think I missed a lot of the point because the “dream” button didn’t work.