Part 28: Related works
So, that's thet end of Let's Play Analogue: A Hate Story! But what should you do if you don't want your journey to end here?
Well, as it turns out, Christine Love has been very busy!
Digital: A Love Story is the predecessor to Analogue, set in the same world but taking place over a thousand years prior, in the far future year of 1988. Experience the thrill of 80s internet technologies! Save the world by exploiting a buffer overflow! Fall in love with a computer! Hack the Gibson!
Digital is freely available from Love's website. If you don't feel like playing it yourself, there's a fine Let's Play of it over at the archives.
don't take it personally, babe, it just ain't your story is another free game from Love, possibly taking place in the same universe, set at a Canadian high school in the year 2027. You play the new teacher to a class full of eccentric teenagers in a visual novel about, to quote Love, "the erosion of privacy, gay drama, young sexuality, and the perils of modern online life for a high school literature class."
I wasn't really crazy about this one, but it's available from the very selfsame website as Digital.
Magical Maiden Madison was Love's entry to the Pulse Pounding Heart Stopping Dating Sim Jam. It's a five-minute-long visual novel unrelated to her other works, taking place entirely on the text messaging app of the cellphone of a magical girl heroine named Madison. It's playable entirely in-browser, short enough to not require any real investment to play, and uses tentacle monsters as a metaphor for the internalization of the patriarchy. Give it a whirl.
Hate Plus is a direct sequel to Analogue. Pick up where you left off at the end of Analogue and uncover the mystery of what happened before Year Zero on the Mugunghwa with one or both of the AIs from the last game. A dark visual novel about transhumanism, cosplay, cake-baking, and the slow patriarchal erosion of freedoms taken for granted.
As of August 19, 2013, Hate Plus is available on Steam. After reading Love's views on LPs, I'm absolutely going to be asking her for permission to do an early LP of this as a followup to this LP.
Until then, I'll be taking a much-needed break. It's important to pace yourself, I think.