Drowning Simulator Is The Worst Game I Have Ever Played

I hate being in the ocean. Shallow beaches, I can handle, but the deep sea terrifies me more than spiders, snakes and birds who can talk put together. So a game where you do nothing but drown in open water is not my Game Of The Year candidate.

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But Sortie En Mer isn't supposed to be fun. It's supposed to be effective.

You "play" a French dude who falls off a boat. And no matter how good a swimmer he is/you are, or how fast you think you are, eventually you will run out of energy, you will drown, and you will die. It's a dark, harrowing experience.

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While at the end of the day this is an ad for "yachtwear" company Guy Cotten, it's a better advertisement for always wear a lifejacket.

SORTIE EN MER [Site, via The Verge]

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Let me make sure I have this right:

This "game," if it can rightly be called such, is essentially a lengthy, interactive advertisement for an outerwear company that specializes in providing items to be worn whilst riding upon a boat?

So it's a game.

About a boat.

That you fall off of.

And drown.

I will never be able to disconnect the ideas of, "Wear our stuff, and look fashionable," and, "You may have died a horrible, terrifying death that involved your lungs filling with water and your own desperate attempts to scrabble at the nothing of the uncaring sea—but dammit, you looked good doing it."

Someone needs to talk with this marketing department.

Now.