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March 12, 2011 2:17 PM   Subscribe

*LIVE THE DREAM* (Previously)

A flash game entitled "american dream" by Stephen Lavelle of Increpare Games. (Previously) (Previously)
posted by lemuring (17 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

 
This is the most depressing game that I have ever played in my life. Wow.
posted by koeselitz at 2:46 PM on March 12, 2011 [3 favorites]


Does this thing have instructions somewhere? All I see is a tape playing music.
posted by gracedissolved at 3:11 PM on March 12, 2011


I did it. I thought the market was gonna crash when I got close or something. Did I miss out on something by not buying all the stuff?
posted by cmoj at 3:11 PM on March 12, 2011


Oh, I see, there's something at the bottom. It's just arrows and then 'z' to act. (No scroll bar shows up on my netbook.)
posted by gracedissolved at 3:13 PM on March 12, 2011


Did I miss out on something by not buying all the stuff?

I think if all your stuff is in fashion you get more Party Times, and more "insider trading" tips, so you can get the whole thing over with quicker.
posted by Rock Steady at 3:17 PM on March 12, 2011


Strange game.

The only way to win is to know when to pull out of the material girl.
posted by Decimask at 3:49 PM on March 12, 2011 [2 favorites]


It's really easy. Buy low, sell high. Pay more attention to the graph than to the raw numbers.

I love this game. I feel horrible about that.
posted by Sys Rq at 3:57 PM on March 12, 2011


****POSSIBLE SPOILER****





I never realized it on my first play through of the game a few weeks ago, but there's some darker meaning going on-- the first speech the guy gives you when you go to work and asks you to invite him to parties at your house. "I'd really love to meet your wife," he says.

You're exchanging "parties" with your wife for hot stock tips. All in the name of the American Dream.
posted by stresstwig at 4:02 PM on March 12, 2011 [1 favorite]


Just a tip to avoid making the same mistake I did the first time I played this game: Between work days, when the screen's displaying your house, you have the option to upgrade your furniture using the money you've made. My first time I mistakenly thought the upgrade option was a sell option and I missed a huge portion of the game. Don't let it happen to you! !
posted by One Second Before Awakening at 4:27 PM on March 12, 2011


Live the dream, Potato.
posted by Houyhnhnm at 4:28 PM on March 12, 2011


I won (getting a million dollars and owning everything for the apartment).

Hot Stock Tip: Ride Michael Jackson down into the gutter and go all in.
posted by wcfields at 5:16 PM on March 12, 2011


I ended up roleplaying as the antisocial stock broker, forgoing parties and daily conveniences for the plenty of my old wooden bed, getting to a million dollars the hard and slow way just to preserve the virtual sanctity of my marriage when I realized that the role that I was playing, antisocial, inactive, not doing much but going back and forth between the menial mathematics of the moment, was hitting a little too close to home.

So more than just a criticism of the amorality that comes with the American Dream, there's also, at least for me, this meta-interpretation of 'what the hell am I doing with my time if I'm not even accomplishing the set objectives presented within the false reality of the game, much less absconding with the set objectives within the physical reality of the rest of my day'.

And with that, I'm off to do some sit-ups and laundry.
posted by dubusadus at 5:26 PM on March 12, 2011 [2 favorites]


I played, I won, I'm still confused.
posted by Taft at 5:43 PM on March 12, 2011


Wait, there were parties? I made a million, and never got invited. Not even a conversation or anything. That could be because I just went back to work when the day was done. Other than buying stuff for the house once because I was told all my stuff was out of style, nothing else happened there.

Damn, that's just cold, even for a video game.

It's just not worth it to get rich, I suppose.
posted by chambers at 6:37 PM on March 12, 2011


If you buy all the best stuff for your house, you get parties.

But you have to buy all (or almost all) of it.
posted by Decimask at 8:26 PM on March 12, 2011


SPOILER:

I got a party time every day as long as I had all the stuff purchased.
posted by XhaustedProphet at 1:39 AM on March 13, 2011


$1.3M in 28 weeks. Clearly I'm in the wrong industry. Where do I find these star commodities?
posted by Coventry at 3:02 PM on March 13, 2011


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