This week I decided to do another “Let’s Play” video for an indie game called The Stanley Parable.
Unlike my previous video, I have never played this game before, so I’ll be doing it in a way that the gaming community call playing “blind”. Other than knowing it’s a narrative-based adventure and has been awarded some very good review scores, I have absolutely no idea what to expect! I haven’t even so much as seen a trailer for it. I saw it cheap in the Steam summer sale and took a chance on it.
So as you’ll see in my video below, these are my experiences and reactions as they happen, fresh on my first play through of the game.
Thoughts after the Game
Spoiler Alert: Obviously don’t read this bit until after watching at least some of the video.
So… that was… unusual, wasn’t it? Within the last 24 hours of recording, The Stanley Parable has been on my mind; thinking about it’s purpose and message. I guess it’s very open to interpretation, the actual game description is as follows:
“The Stanley Parable is a first person exploration game. You will play as Stanley, and you will not play as Stanley. You will follow a story, you will not follow a story. You will have a choice, you will have no choice. The game will end, the game will never end. Contradiction follows contradiction, the rules of how games should work are broken, then broken again. This world was not made for you to understand.”
As I said in my video I think it’s a mixture of things; a statement about the illusion of choice, challenging conflicts of opinions, decision making, consequences of your actions. Do your choices really have an impact? Or was it the path you were meant to take all along? Are you the player or is the narrator playing you? There’s also an injection of humour and moments where the game is a parody of games.
It’s certainly an experience I won’t forget, and it will be hard to resist the temptation of trying out new options and routes in order to find new endings and potentially more “answers”.
If you’ve played The Stanley Parable before, I’d be interested to know your thoughts and experiences. If you haven’t, do you think you will give it a go now that you’ve watched this “Let’s Play”?
Thanks for watching!