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PAX EAST 2014 | Dejobaan Games Writes An Unexpected “Elegy”

Posted on April 13, 2014 AT 06:07am

When you think of Dejobaan Games, the thoughts of base jumping and shooting a ton of giant drunk robots comes running through your mind. However, their next foray into the gaming world is a little different. Wait, scratch that. It’s incredibly different.

Based on the poetry works of the British Romance-era Elegy For A Dead World has you take control of a galactic traveler, as you visit lifeless planets in search of meaning. As you go through the levels you’ll find yourself writing a story, creating poetry, or making literary art in any way you can imagine it. In laymen’s terms: this is not your average run-of-the-mill adventure title.

I was given the chance to play through the demo twice, where I swapped between writing a poem and telling a story. In both instances you’ll be tasked to fill in some of the details that you either see in the world surrounding you, or how you feel about what you are seeing. Elegy For A Dead World is not one of those games that makes you do the task at hand or get a “Mission Failed” banner slapped across your face. Dejobaan Games instead embraces the creativity that gamers may want to bring to the table.

Both times during my walkthrough the site of the abandoned planet I was walking along left me writing about despair, anger, and a kind of darkness that must’ve overtaken this world. I tried to be meaningful in what I was writing, having some sort of sad conclusion to a planet that seemed to have lost its way. With that said, when looking at the finished product I couldn’t help but feel that what I was trying to do was lacking a sort of rhythm that could connect these passages together. I guess that, hopefully with enough practice, I’ll be able to spin a web that’ll be more coherent rather than be just a selection of passages with little meaning to piece them all together.

Elegy For A Dead World isn’t going to be one of those games that going to make people run to their online stores to purchase them. Rather, this is the type of game for the kind of player looking to have an intellectual moment that goes beyond any sort of Call of Duty/League of Legends mentality. If anything Elegy For A Dead will be an experience that’ll have you looking deep into your soul and put your worldly perspective straight onto the screen.

Although no set release date, Dejobaan Games is hoping to release Elegy For A Dead World soon on Steam for PC, Mac, and Linux.

An accomplished music, anime, and video game critic, Evan Bourgault has been a Contributing Editor and Podcast host with ElectricSistaHood since 2008. His passion for discovering new bands, developers, and Japanese pop culture began in his college radio days and continues on today. Follow Evan on Twitter at twitter.com/King_Baby_Duck

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