Ice Pick Lodge
is a game design studio renowned for its experimental narratives and its championing of loftier ideals in gaming. Its second game, The Void
(link goes to Steam), was released in 2009 to critical acclaim. Quintin Smith
writes about it in two articles at RockPaperShotgun, first with a review of the game
, and then with a piece defending Ice Pick's use of nudity as artistic
. (It's worth mentioning that Smith introduced Ice Pick Lodge to a larger audience with his brilliant three part article
defending Pathologic.) Don't have the time or patience for The Void? CannibalK9 of SomethingAwful has you covered
with a thorough Let's Play that covers the entire game in twenty
-two lengthy videos
(not counting the hour-and-forty-minutes two
finale), expertly narrated, thoroughly examining every aspect of the game, including Easter eggs.
I know that's an exhausting amount of gameplay (though I'd like to restate how much CannibalK9's narration helps make the game fly by), so while you're reeling and exhausted, might I point you to the Let's Play Archive
, wherein hundreds of games are narrated for your pleasure? There's the famous Boatmurdered
recently mentioned on the blue; SA user Chewbot's LPs of Oregon Trail
and Animal Crossing
are among the funniest things you can find online, with the latter in particular standing out as just being astonishingly clever and hilarious; and if you haven't got enough of Ice Pick Lodge, there's an ongoing Let's Play of Pathologic
that's almost finished the game with one of three characters.
To get some sense of how much time and effort the creators of these LP threads put into their playthroughs: That Pathologic LP started in December 2008 and was last updated in August 2010, and that thread spans 51 forum pages.