A friend of a friend wrote something similar. http://thespoontheory.tumblr.com/game which I also, admittedly haven’t played.
I tried to play yours but found the sound intrusive, couldn’t immediately find an off-button so closed off the window. Of course I could hit mute tab, which I now remember, but I forgot in my attempt to just get it to be quiet.
Okay trying again. It feels like a very personal experience of depression, but that’s fine. Everyone’s experiences are different.
I came across a pronoun error. I’d picked female with a female partner, but it’s given me male pronouns for my partner.
So you see, it’s a good thing Nala doesn’t get it. If your misery stuck to him, it would bounce right back to you as well.
Actually, I can’t play. Can’t play the game saying I’m morbidly obese and people hate me.
SHUT UP DEPRESSION I DON’T NEED TO LISTEN TO YOU!!!
I’d strongly suggest playing Depression Quest, even as a person with Depression. It’s a very short game, and it’s an interesting take on the subject. It’s also, strangely positive for a game about depression. It glosses over some of the major issues, such as the problems with medication, and it ends on a positive, hopeful note.
While it also wasn’t close to my situation, and I did do several playthroughs trying to kill off the protagonist, which I fortunately failed at and I think is impossible, I thought it was good for simulating how depression works with the limitations of choice.
Your Counting Spoons game though, it felt harsh. It felt like those achievements, those statements were coming not from that depression filled voice, but as actual miserable facts.
None of this is an actual criticism on your game. It just feels such a personal thing, a personal story, and it’s likely to the power of your writing that it gave me a kneejerk CAN’T PLAY reaction.
Of course now I find the other thread where there’s more of a discussion. Short story on chronic illness (due in 1 day!)