Say When

A horror, sci-fi fairy tale about feeling empty.

Say When is a game that interrogates the ways we attempt to modify our bodies in an effort to make ourselves feel whole. The idea is to normalize the idea of “killer interfaces” i.e. things that may be external to us, by looking at how one can commodify and integrate interfaces as a manner of therapy and healing. These interfaces come in the form of mods (brain, body, and heart) that the player must decide to attach to the main character, Lily. Some of these are traditional sci-fi body mods, like metal arms, whereas others are mundane parts of reality, such as calling a friend or masturbating. Some of these attempts are positive and increase Lily’s sanity. Others are detrimental and decrease her sanity. The goal is to be kind to Lily as you attempt to help her. The outcomes of the mods are not always intuitive, and encourage care and thought when facing the way we interact with another’s feelings of emptiness and helplessness.

Play Say When for free (PC/Mac, Internet connection)

Art by Emilie Majarian

Featured on: Bitch MagazineShameless Magazine, Broken Pencil Magazine

Showcased at: Indiecade (2015), Different Games (Brooklyn, NY, 2016), The Terror of Knowing (London, ON, 2016)

Made during Dames Making Games’ Feb Fatale 3: Killer Interfaces game jam

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Kait is a Master's graduate in English and Film, Specialization in Gender and Genre has and a BA in Creative Writing. She is a writer, a painter, a gamer, with a love for all things horror. Read more from Kaitlin at ThatMonster or follow her on Twitter. Kaitlin's work has also appeared on The Border House, Gamasutra, and Comics Should Be Good.