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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Choice: Texas Is Now Playable!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - And has been for a few days to a week.

There was other, more important news to cover so far this week on KoopaTV. So finally, this article appears that I alluded to on Friday. The IndieGoGo-funded game that I've written about in two other articles so far, Choice: Texas, is now playable. As of publishing, you can play Latrice's story, and you can play as Leah's story. According to this fancy media kit I downloaded, 
"The game is set for release as a free-to-play web game. It is a collaborative development project by game studies scholar and historian Carly Kocurek and writer and activist Allyson Whipple, and it features original illustrations by artist Grace Jennings. Choice: Texas was funded through IndieGoGo and is built using Twine."
To see what it looks like, I've played Latrice's story twice. I won't write my review until all five stories are available to play.

Here's what the game looks like. It's literally just text and dialogue trees.

In the meantime, consider this a preview. I don't know. The game is supposed to be released "Spring 2014", and this is still Spring. Can you consider an unfinished product released, though? (I guess big game companies already do...)

The two times I played Latrice's story, I first chose options that I would promote (heavily pro-life, pro-marriage, pro-family) and then the second time chose pro-abortion options.

The moment of truth. ...Except, it's not the first moment of truth.

But Thou Must.
The media kit celebrates games, stating,
"One of the great strengths of games is that they can invite players to explore other people’s experiences; Choice: Texas is such a game, and asks players to seriously consider the plight of Texas women."
Both paths I took resulted in stress for Latrice, who is a lawyer in a firm. It kind of made me think what would happen if Athena Cykes from Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies had a baby. In the no-abortion path, Latrice has to deal with the stress of trying to keep her career as a lawyer with being a mother. She isn't married, and one of the choices she has to make is if she wants to be a single mother or not. I'm kind of curious what their stance on single mothers is, but that's unequivocally a bad thing in real life.

Moment of truth again.

The other path? Have an abortion via medical pill with tons of side-effects that makes you feel bad. The stress here is less the guilt of killing your child, and more that Latrice misses work to talk with the doctor and that Latrice's family does not like the idea of aborting kids.

Sondra thinks Latrice doesn't care about family since she killed her own baby.
It's never addressed how Latrice got the baby to begin with, just that a mysterious boyfriend, Roy, was behind it.

Do people really talk like that?

According to the media kit,
"Each character is a composite, reflecting and combining the real, documented experiences of Texans."
Latrice is said to be an example of an upper-class woman with access to good healthcare. Apparently, they don't have access to condoms or anything. There is a reason why abstinence is the best contraceptive! Perhaps that sort of preventative thing can be covered in the other stories.

I wonder if I should make a family tree with this information. By the way, Darius Sr. is never mentioned anywhere else, yet Latrice talks to her mom.

Remember question I asked last article about Choice: Texas? I asked where the money from the IndieGoGo campaign went to. This game costs nothing to actually make besides free time. It's literally just text and dialogue trees. Did the money really just go to weird perks no one wants and allowing the makers to fly around showing the game off at conventions? That's pretty bad.

Seriously, what is with these leftist gaming feminists, crowdsourcing campaigns, and bad usages of money? First Anita Sarkeesian, and now these folks.

Either way, you guys can play it for your own impression. I doubt you'll get the same dialogue trees I did if you answer with your heart. This isn't a review, so I won't pass final judgment on the game yet.
One thing I will say, though: It surpassed my low expectations, because I expected overt pro-abortionist propaganda. This game treats you better than that.

Ludwig is a hard pro-lifer and right-winger, as you can tell by reading other articles. Don't get into an abortion debate in this comments section, but you're free to comment about other things.

For an update on how this game was never finished (at least as of five months from now), click here.
The game was finished a bit over two months after the previous link.
Ludwig reviewed the game after all.

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