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Proteus: a game review

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avatar mommaCarole
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Level 52 : Grandmaster Narwhal
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Boy are there some negative opinions posted on the gaming sites about this new release on Steam.

Let me tell you what Proteus DOESN'T do. It doesn't keep score. There is no "end." There's no story to follow, no enemies to kill, nothing to build. So if your definition of "video game" requires one or more of those features, don't buy or play Proteus.

Now let me tell you what Proteus does: Proteus creates an island that you can explore. The island has no walls (other than the fact that it is an island... however, you can swim out to sea if you like.) There are forests, ruins, standing stones, mountains to climb, buildings to discover, paths to follow, small creatures to chase, weather to experience, and music. Lots and lots of music. The world is pastel-coloured and filled with sound. Each type of terrain and plant you find creates its own music that blends together. If Proteus is only a piece of digital artwork, as some people have described, then it's well-worth it for the music it creates while you explore the artwork.

The concept of games online have become very narrow-focused on competition. Even single-player games revolve around how fast you can do something, how many achievements you can acquire, how high your score can be. Proteus just IS. You go in for a few minutes, or longer, and can lose yourself in the environment.

I frequently get teased because I spend a lot of time on my very expensive gaming machine, playing Solitaire. I don't even play to win. I just click and drag cards. I do it because the repetition helps me zone out; it's a form of meditation for me. Some of my best story ideas come from my "wasting time" playing Solitaire. I think I found a better muse in Proteus now. At the very least I will have some of the most amazing relaxation music while I chase squirrels and little hopping rabbit creatures.
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05/05/2013 12:06 am
Level 2 : Apprentice Explorer
Rosewood2244
omg that's brilliant! i just found my new story creating zone out thingie(don't ask what I mean)
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03/06/2013 1:29 am
Level 1 : New Miner
SkinnyBuddha
This game gave me the feeling that I haven't felt since the Alpha and Beta days in Minecraft. It gives you that same sense of exploration and discovery. Good game. (;
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03/04/2013 10:18 am
Level 19 : Journeyman Creeper
_CandyCane_
I know you posted this nearly a month ago, but this game looks really cool. What are the creatures like..?
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03/04/2013 10:47 am
Level 52 : Grandmaster Narwhal
mommaCarole
it's kind of hard to explain... they behave like regular animals. birds flock together and run off (the non-flying ones.) the rabbit/lamb type things hop away... the singing alien gophers....

um... you sort of need to see them to understand. ;)
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03/04/2013 10:42 pm
Level 19 : Journeyman Creeper
_CandyCane_
So, would you say that this is an entertaining game worth getting?
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03/05/2013 7:15 am
Level 52 : Grandmaster Narwhal
mommaCarole
for me, I find it relaxing and beautiful and trance-inducing... so yes, entertaining and worth getting to me.
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02/12/2013 7:03 pm
Level 39 : Artisan Button Pusher
Jesuitical
Downloading this now. Looks innerstin'.
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02/05/2013 4:37 pm
Level 9 : Apprentice Explorer
ToonTaco
If that was a texturepack, I'd download it in an instant.
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02/05/2013 4:37 pm
Level 11 : Journeyman Narwhal
l3god3vil
I WANT! how much is it?
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02/06/2013 7:25 am
Level 52 : Grandmaster Narwhal
mommaCarole
I bought it at 9.00, it's likely back at 10 now.
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02/06/2013 8:22 am
Level 11 : Journeyman Narwhal
l3god3vil
crap.
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02/05/2013 2:12 pm
Level 50 : Grandmaster Pony
juicy_orange
My gosh I need this. :3
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02/05/2013 3:19 am
Level 35 : Artisan Mage
Shredbummer
Gamechap.
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02/05/2013 2:40 am
Level 49 : Master Taco
tacoman500v1
I don't like how it is called a game, it doesn't do it justice. It would be better if they called it a dynamic song.
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02/05/2013 2:26 am
Level 4 : Apprentice Crafter
Dodokono
It really is a good one to chill out to. It doesn't pull a lot of power, so I tend to find a nice spot for music and sit back and relax, letting the music in Proteus play its course as I watch the world change around me. Or more realistically, its good creative and muse worthy music (as he said in the review) so i tend to play Proteus and Minecraft at the same time. Is it a game? Technically yes. Does it fit -any- convention of gaming and will the 9-15 year old crowd enjoy/appreciate it? Probably not.
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02/05/2013 2:06 am
Level 63 : High Grandmaster Caveman
Ragnur Le Barbare
inb4 someone makes a gun mod.
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02/05/2013 7:00 am
Level 52 : Grandmaster Narwhal
mommaCarole
those poor little pink & blue pixel bunnies......
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02/04/2013 11:54 pm
Level 61 : High Grandmaster Hero
GarretSidzaka
DO NOT BUY PLEASE DEAR GOD YOU WILL FIND OUT THAT STEAM DOES NOT GIVE REFUNDS
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02/04/2013 10:30 pm
Level 31 : Artisan Dragon
awesomedude1226
It looks like a really cool game..
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02/04/2013 8:30 pm
Level 22 : Expert Architect
Sugar And Cyanide
I saw this on Steam and wondered as to whether or not I should buy it. Ã i was in honest opinion waiting for a review, and this was just what I needed. Ã You give a very neutral opinion on this game and now I really feel like I should get this game. Ã Very nice review. Diamond for you.
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02/04/2013 6:09 pm
Level 9 : Apprentice Miner
Astroswift
This definitely sounds like my kind of game. Freedom to do whatever you want. I'm glad this was released.
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02/04/2013 3:31 pm
Level 10 : Journeyman Miner
Aurora
I seen this game, it looks so beautiful and colourful. <3
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02/04/2013 12:39 pm
Level 33 : Artisan Explorer
Lord Tristem
Well I was going to ask you what you thought of that game Carole but its seems you've already answered my question. I'll have to look into that game sometime.
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02/04/2013 12:12 pm
Level 12 : Journeyman Explorer
Jerln
You had me convinced it was incredible at Proteus.
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02/04/2013 9:00 am
Level 7 : Apprentice Artist
Boskabouter
I'm going to investigate that, this sounds like a game I'd actually enjoy. Thanks for the tip
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02/04/2013 6:38 am
Level 25 : Expert Network
PennyLane
I think I actually like this.... I have to try it out now :3
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02/03/2013 8:54 pm
Level 50 : Grandmaster Taco
kacboy
Um. Why would you pay $10 bucks for a screensaver...
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02/03/2013 9:59 pm
Level 52 : Grandmaster Narwhal
mommaCarole
why not?
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02/03/2013 10:28 pm
Level 50 : Grandmaster Taco
kacboy
BECAUSE YOU COULD BE PAYING $20!!!!!!!
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02/04/2013 7:15 am
Level 52 : Grandmaster Narwhal
mommaCarole
well, THAT would be silly. Then I'd buy TWO.
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02/04/2013 7:08 pm
Level 50 : Grandmaster Taco
kacboy
One for me. ;)
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02/03/2013 7:33 pm
Level 36 : Artisan Network
Bethamez
This game doesn't seem all that bad really
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02/03/2013 10:01 pm
Level 52 : Grandmaster Narwhal
mommaCarole
it's NOT that bad at all... if you're not expecting a "game." :) That's why I gave fair warning. There will be LOTS of people who don't like it because it challenges the concept of videogaming entertainment. Just like Dear Esther did. (Another one people say "isn't a game.")
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02/04/2013 5:00 pm
Level 36 : Artisan Network
Bethamez
Pfft, most people don't consider a game a game if you're not killing something every 1/100th of a second

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