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Since I'm still on that cyberpunk games streak, I've started to play The Red Strings Club, and oh boy, finally something that goes deeper than chrome and neon aesthetics!

I don't know where it will lead, but it definitely scratches my "empathy systems in video games" itch, even if it's 90% dialogues and 10% mini-games. Characters debate over progress, humanity and the value of emotions. You prepare special cocktails to alter the mood of your customers. I like it a lot so far.

Just finished The Red Strings Club. The last choice you can make is such an agonizing moment, I don't think I've ever seen a dialogue menu this powerful in a video game.

Definitely the best game I've played in 2020. Funny how such a low budget, short cyberpunk game can prove so much more meaningful than a behemoth like Cyberpunk 2077.

@ice have you tried VA-11 HALL-A? some of the writing is a little iffy in places but it has a really cool way of telling personal stories from a cyberpunk-y world.

@nihilazo No, but I’ll probably try it at some point, it’s been on my list for a long time.

@ice One of my favorite games of the last 10 years. Also one of the best games with LGTQ+ characters. The ending made me cry in a way only video games can. And this soundtrack, my god. Enjoy.

@thomasorus @ice i haven't played it but I've heard the soundtrack on "Les demons du midi" and I've listened it all right after that. Beautiful soundtrack, should do the game one day! Have fun!

@Erjaeger @thomasorus I agree the soundtrack is excellent, with each customer having their own track. Characters are also very well written, you really feel close to the core trio in no time. And yes, it’s great to have LGBT+ main characters, there are so few of them in games!

@ice The choices you have to make during this dialog crushed me.

@ice If you want to keep up in this cyberpunk vibe of visual novel, in a totally different vibe, try Eliza. I think you’ll find it very special too.

@thomasorus Oh, yes, I remember taking a mental note about this game a while ago then I totally forgot it. Well, let's keep the cyberpunk gaming streak going, thanks for the reminder :)

@thomasorus Oh yes, me too. Made me cry, so it joins the Disco Elysium hall of fame for me, haha.

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