The Closer: Game of the Year Edition OUT NOW and FREE

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Here it is, folks: the best game featuring Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek you’ll play in Q3 of this year.

RPGMaker Installers are .exe files so I apologize if your anti-virus raises an eyebrow at the download. I promise that the code is only malicious if you really dislike baseball puns.

So, what is The Closer: Game of the Year Edition? It would be easier to play it than to explain it to you, but if you’re down here in the text rather than up there clicking on a link, I should probably give it a shot. The Closer is an adventure game that takes place between the sixth and seventh game of the World Series. The closing pitcher for New York (you) gave up a massive home run to lose game six and must go on an epic quest to remake himself as a pitcher before he has to pitch again.

Accompanied by your faithful pitching coach, Moose, you will participate in the worst trivia night ever, play an uncomfortable Japanese visual novel, explore an abandoned candy factory, AND MORE.

The Closer: Game of the Year Edition is free to download and always will be free to download, because I’m not enough of a madman to use the likeness of real people and try to make money off of it. The Closer is parody and not intended to be an accurate representation of anything it portrays.

You can download The Closer. Hell, you can distribute it elsewhere if you want, as long as you’re not charging folks for it. Put it on Pirate Bay, for example. Once something is there it can never be destroyed. Just make sure to credit me!

Now that The Closer is released, I am moving on to more polished and commercially viable products. I see The Closer as something of a jumping off point for me. I accidentally ended up learning a lot while making this silly game, and now I’m hoping to make more. To do that, I’ve teamed up with Jenny Gibbons of Woodsy Studio (and the composer of all the awesome music in The Closer) to form Thesis Games, which we will both use to release all of our future projects.

And if you like The Closer enough to want to support my work, check out Woodsy Studio’s previous visual novel Serafina’s Crown. In exchange for the music of The Closer, I did a fair amount of the dialog writing in Serafina’s Crown. If it doesn’t look like your sort of thing, at least give it a vote on Steam Greenlight.

Thanks and enjoy The Closer!

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MathenyQuest, a Playable Teaser

MathenyQuest

If there is any creed that I strive to live by, it is this: do as Hideo Kojima would do.

So when I was presented with the question of how to continue to promote my upcoming game, The Closer: Game of the Year Edition, there was only one thing to do. I needed to make a playable teaser.

Last year, Hideo Kojima rocked the world of video games with P.T., a brief and mysterious free game released on PS4 with little-to-no explanation.

Despite the fact it was only a promotional tool, P.T. was so effective and weird that numerous reviewers ended up naming it one of the best games of the year. It’s a great idea for promotion: a short game that is entirely divorced from the story of the main title, but can express the themes and ideas in an easily accessible (and free) manner.

To follow in Kojima’s footsteps, I had to distill the humor and existential weirdness of The Closer into something that could be played and understood by anyone. A text adventure, maybe. Or just a Twine game.

I made a Twine game. Go check it out.

MathenyQuest

 

The Closer: The Official Trailer

Do you like trailers? Are you the kind of person who doesn’t believe something is real until you see it on YouTube? Has the magic worn off between you and still pictures, and now you need something more exciting, like video, to really get you excited?

Well, I have good news for all of you! Presenting the first official trailer for 2015’s most anticipated free RPG Maker adventure game about baseball for Windows PCs, The Closer: Game of the Year Edition.

Stay tuned for more information and probably some kind of website in the near future.

(Music by Jenny Gibbons )