Kill Everyone. Go Back In Time. Do It Again: The Video Game

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You’re trapped in time. The same day won’t stop repeating itself, even if you ask it really nicely or, you know, die. You have absolute freedom. What do you do?

Garbage Day is an upcoming Steam hopeful inspired by the film Groundhog Day and this infamously godawful bit from Silent Night, Deadly Night 2. Think Groundhog Day’s time loop, except set in an open-world video game. And this, apparently, isn’t just any open world. It’s designed to be hyper-interactive, down to every last in-game computer and cereal box.


This part is, to me, especially enticing:

“In this game you have to explore and interact to find out how to get out of the time loop. You are open to do anything you want, kill innocent people, go to work, watch tv, go to the park, etc. I don’t want to spoil anything, but you’ll be surprised how open ended this game is.”

Slowly but surely, you learn more about the inner workings of your endless space-time hamster bubble, and that influences interactions you can have with NPCs and the game world.

So basically, there are tons of possibilities, and you’re free to fuck around with each of them as you see fit. Go to work, hang out, try to fix your busted computer, chat with neighbors, etc. Still though, I can’t help but wonder if, through the ancient art of GIFs, the game’s creator is trying to tell us something, give us a clue about a way we can play the game:


Maybe, like... hmmmmm.


Or, what if... yeah, maybe I’m onto something here.


Nah. Never mind. I don’t see any overt commonalities. None whatsoever.

Moving on. Garbage Day will be out in a few months. It looks super interesting, if you ask me. What will you try to do first? Me, I’m going full pacifist, because I’m not A SHEEP who does everything some dumb GIFs tell me.


(jk, I totally am)

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