A metafictional account of Davey Wreden, creator of the Stanley Parable (2013), who takes the player through the games of his old friend, Coda, while giving his commentary and interpretations of them, in order to understand why he makes the bizarre, often melancholic games that he makes, and decipher Coda's personality and inner struggles.
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I found The Beginner's Guide to be an emotionally powerful and thought-provoking experience. The game tells the story of a man named Coda, who is struggling to come to terms with his own identity. Coda is an introspective and troubled individual, and the game explores his internal struggles in a very moving and relatable way.
Coda's journey is one of self-discovery, and his battle to find acceptance is one that many of us can relate to. The game deals with some heavy subject matter, including depression, suicide, and self-loathing. These are all topics that are close to my own heart, and I found myself deeply affected by Coda's story.
The game's resolution is hopeful and uplifting, and it left me feeling inspired and hopeful about my own journey. The Beginner's Guide is a powerful and moving experience that everyone should experience.
This review contains spoilers
This game hit me with a sledgehammer, emotionally. Go into this completely blind, you won't be disappointed. Spoilers below.
A hugely important game about audience interpretation of art, and the insidious parasocial relationship that can form between an artist and their audience. The dangerous entitlement and transgression of boundaries that can occur between these groups is uh. Upsetting to realize, after a creeping sense of "this is kind of weird." The lamp post........
This game influenced the way I think about art, artists, and the audience.