"Sorta like a dream, isn't it?" "No, better."
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Released in October 2007, Synaesthete is a freeware game developed by four students at the DigiPen Institute of Technology, winning the prize for Best Student Game of 2008. With its masterful fusion of electronic music and Smash TV-meets-Beatmania style gameplay, it is frequently praised for its visionary take on how the medium should be experienced. To quote Wikipedia:
Synaesthete is a marriage of arcade-style music games such as Dance Dance Revolution and PC role-playing games such as Diablo II. At first glance, the feel of the game will be similar to an action RPG, but with several key differences. First, there is no inventory management, so players do not collect or equip items. Second, player actions such as attacking monsters and casting spells must occur synchronously with the music in order to be effective. Third, the game is not story-driven, and there are no friendly NPCs. The focus of the player is to explore a music-driven environment, where the music that is playing changes the world, and reaching different parts of the world changes the music, as well as character advancement, which is accomplished by killing enemies and reacting synchronously to the music.
You control an avatar named the Zaikman, named after the team's producer Zach Aikman. The Zaikman is referred to as a defense mechanism for the collective unconscious, and you use him to destroy enemies and progress through various levels.
And an extra paragraph from the website:
Rolling Without Slipping posted:
It is known as a 'hybrid' game, where the key is multitasking. The player controls a small character (The Zaikman) on screen who dodges enemies and fires back with lasers; but to do so, the player must hit the note patterns they see on screen to the music. The interaction goes deeper, still. Destroying enemies unlocks new areas and visuals, which unlock new patterns and songs, changing the dynamic of combat. This symbiotic relationship of music, gameplay, and evolution is what gives Synaesthete its name."
So here's how this is going down: I'm going to take you on an intellectual journey into this mindblowing game with my best analytical subtitles. Although the game itself is extremely short, the implications and underlying importance of each level are painfully dense; therefore, I will only be posting one level per video (at approximately 5 minutes per level), but with one video posted every day. The videos will be available on Youtube immediately, as well as direct download from our site, and then, upon completion of each world, there will be a single video containing that whole world available on blip.
The universe is in flux. The professor, master of this journey, has deceived you, for he too is in flux - for I am not one, but indeed I am many. With each facet of my personality comes a different epiphany, delivered unto you under a different name. Keep this inconsistency in mind as you travel deeper into yourself, for none of us know the way back home better than you do.
|Level 1-1 - A Preamble, by Ceciltron||YouTube|
|Level 1-2 - A Discourse in the Mental Evolution of Mankind, by A Wooden Palisade||YouTube|
|Level 1-3 - An Exploration in the Freedom of the Mind, by PoorWeather||YouTube|
|Level 2-1 - A Study in the Predestination of a Warrior, by General Ironicus||YouTube|
|Level 2-2 - A Lecture on the Construction of Peace and Personality, by Flamedrake||YouTube|
|Level 2-3 - A Dissection of Mankind's Predisposition Toward Greed, by peachifruit||YouTube|
|Level 3-1 - A History of the Seven Swords: A Descent into Madness, by Blueberry Shade||YouTube|
|Level 3-2 - A Memoir of a Baby's Journey to Manhood and the Inevitability of Cyberbabyhood, by Chip Cheezum||YouTube|
|Level 3-3 - An Essay on the Analysis of Synaesthete as a Bildungsroman, by Rii||YouTube|
|Level 4-1 - A Reflection on the Inner and Outer Perceptions of the Self, by medibot||YouTube|
|Credits - A Closing Statement, by Ceciltron||YouTube|
|The Dangers of Audiosurf - A deep look into the dangerous psychological aspects of a seemingly benign game, by Blister||blip.tv|
|Girls Just Wanna Have Fun - A study in the predominately feminine desire to have fun, by Voidburger||blip.tv|
|Polynomial - A Journey Through Videogames as Art (feat. Kanye West), by Brett824||blip.tv|
|A Peaceful Chat About Procreation - An angry but learned look at the dangers of procreation and uniqueness, by Psychedelic Eyeball||Baldurdash|
|Synaesthete - An Interpretive Performance, by dirtysammiches||Viddler|
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"Quisnam est unus quisnam votum ruina plurimus? Verum, is est vestri."
Blessings be upon this LP.
Flame Q. Drake
Let's Play Synaesthete 201
25 October 2010
How does one define humor? Human beings have been debating this for thou-
sands of years. Social scientists have studied tirelessly to determine the
factors which make a joke work and how to directly apply it to the benefit of
society. However, it is extraordinarily difficult to pin these down; what one
individual finds hilarious, another may not find amusing or even fully under-
stand. Due to the combined factors of upbringing, demeanor, and individual
patience, it is impossible to create a humor piece which will appeal to every-
A person's sense of humor is largely defined during one's youth. It is
sculpted not only by immediate family members, but also in large part by the
circle of friends and acquaintances one chooses to keep. A person becomes
much more likely to enjoy a certain comedic work when their friends and/or
family appreciate it, and vice versa. People outside of this group may be less
likely to find it as entertaining; however, this does not necessarily mean the
work is any less valuable.
Someone's general attitude is also extremely likely to influence what
they perceive as humorous. If a person is angry, regardless of whether the an-
ger is directed towards a specific target or is more generalized, they are
much more receptive to coarser, more focused humor, whereas a more roundabout
approach without direct "jokes" to speak of may be lost. As the famous Let's
Play Superstar Brett824 once said, "I generally hate anything that is going
Additionally, a consumer may not be have the time or patience to discover
the positive aspects of a work. The humor may require more effort than they
are able to put into it. And even if they are unwilling to take the time or
find the humor is simply not to their tastes, the work could have some other
merits which make it worthwhile. For instance, the visuals could hold some
appeal, or it could contain excellent music. Everyone should strive to have
the patience to find something enjoyable in each piece of entertainment.
In conclusion, while it is impossible to make something which is humor-
ous to everyone, those who do not appreciate the main goal of a work should
not take it for granted either. Some people, however, will simply never take
seriously any work by a certain creator and will be very unkind about it, even
if they have personally not seen the work. It's up to the creator to sort the
genuine complaints from the white noise.