A MAZE. / Berlin 2019

8th International Games and Playful Media Festival


A_Desktop_Love_Story - Pass Love Notes Between Files On Your Desktop to Help Them Fall In Love!

by alienmelon (United State)

Genre: weird freeware

A_DESKTOP_LOVE_STORY is a short love story told between two files. Due to system restrictions this is a forbidden love. As a system administrator, you are the only one that can help them.

A_DESKTOP_LOVE_STORY is an unusual, and strangely designed piece of freeware that tells a story using entirely your desktop. It's a completely "out of window experience" designed around how programs function within your OS to tell this story, save state, and forward progress.

There are a lot of restrictions placed on software from unlicensed developers, and the more system functionality that is required the more something like this becomes impossible unless it is distributed through official channels. The issue is that something like this would never really be accepted in these official storefronts, so this is a rare piece of freeware that should be experienced while it still exists. The more the companies responsible for building OS's, or anyone in charge of a platform, focus on security and use that as an excuse to push things into "safe" distribution channels, the more we endanger this type of work that would never fit in these places. It's just too different. It's a type of freeware project that is slowly leaning toward extinction as computers become more controlled environments. It is also the type of work that encourages us to think about other ways of designing a game for a computer.

Platform: PC, Mac