If you thought Braid couldn't get anymore arty and pretentious...

#1 Edited by LordXavierBritish (6651 posts) -


The title was a joke by the way. 
The next part isn't. 
So for whatever reason, I ended up on the Braid Blog today. Like, the development blog. There I found something called Braid: A Movement Piece, which from here on we will refer to as What The Fuck in the acronym. WTF is, apparently, a high school alumni (wat?) production of Braid. And when I say production, I mean it is a theatrical performance. Of all the games you could choose to do a play of, they did Braid. They did the game that is by all accounts pretty much already art, but the game that has no dialogue or really that much character interaction at all. I suppose it already being considered art may make the transition to...this easier, but then again I don't really care. That being said, I don't know what this is or why someone would do it. I don't know why it was made or what it means. Perhaps it was meant simply to exist, maybe being is its only truly purpose. 
That being said, what does this mean going forward? Will we see a musical about World of Goo, or an all a cappella group attempting to simulate  the atmosphere of LIMBO using only their voices? The world may never know. There is one thing that is very clear however, and this stands alone as the sole answer beneath a shroud of mystery. That is that I have no idea what the fuck this is, but these high school alumni (really?) managed to make Braid even more incomprehensible. 
For this, I commend them. 
Also the entire thing is on youtube so, you know. 


#2 Posted by JJWeatherman (14801 posts) -

This is crazy. It sounds like an interesting idea, but I just watched a few of the videos and it's not as interesting as it seemed.

#3 Posted by TurboMan (8247 posts) -

When he walks to the left, the music doesn't play backwards. This isn't a faithful recreation.

#4 Posted by BraveToaster (12636 posts) -

They should have Soulja Boy's game review audio for this.

#5 Posted by FunExplosions (5535 posts) -

This is horrible. The limit to something like this should be a high school kid's talent show project. Those are also way more fun to watch.

#6 Posted by ArbitraryWater (12896 posts) -

Y'know, of all the video games to be adapted for a high school drama, Braid is actually an excellent candidate because it's artsy and pretentious, and as someone in high school, I can confirm that Drama kids are wayy into that kind of shit. The runner up? Probably Ico.

#7 Posted by TurboMan (8247 posts) -
#8 Posted by LordXavierBritish (6651 posts) -
@ArbitraryWater: You could film a teenage girl getting kidnapped by the hand and call that Ico. 
That would be the equivalent of what this shit is.
#9 Edited by BaconGames (3833 posts) -
@LordXavierBritish said:

" @ArbitraryWater: You could film a teenage girl getting kidnapped by the hand and call that Ico.  That would be the equivalent of what this shit is. "

For one reason or another your post has finally solved the mystery for why Braid was in the middle of all those "games as art" debates.  Art is simply creative expression and the end result of that expression is art.  Whether it be video games, movies, etc.  Quality, sophistication, and artsy-ness have no bearing on whether something is art.  Because art can be bad.
HOWEVER the issue got confusing because people tried to upload Braid as not simply an abstract/artistic (non-simulation) video game which happens to be an artistic medium, but art in the literal sense as an object on a wall.  So you had people argue every combination of game is or isn't literally art and game is or isn't figuratively art.  The allure to the idea that it's the video game equivalent to an art "piece" is what brought about the discussion about games as art when it was released.  Also why LIMBO has the same discussion around it as all seemingly artsy, simplistic, elegant indie-games will.
I don't mean to have this thread be about games as art again (believe me I don't) but it finally places a good reason in my head for why Braid gets argued the way it does.  Thanks.  (Not that you intentionally did this of course).
#10 Posted by animateria (3302 posts) -

Hey I bet someone can do an interpretive dance about Duke Nukem.
Great thing about the term art is that you can still call it absolute garbage.

#11 Posted by x_XJules (300 posts) -

If you hadn't told me it was an interpretation of Braid, I would have never guessed.

#12 Posted by LordXavierBritish (6651 posts) -
@Tuffgong said:
"  (Not that you intentionally did this of course). "
Or was it?
#13 Posted by TheGreatGuero (8882 posts) -
@TurboMan:  TurboMan, you're my hero.
#14 Posted by BunkerBuster (1054 posts) -

So is a play based on a game based on a dream, art?
The whole idea is ridiculous and the play is that much worse because of that. It exists to show something they love but everyone that sees this can only feel shame. So really, everyone wins.

#15 Posted by guiseppe (2843 posts) -

Why is doing a play of something you love such a wrong or bad idea? If you're into Braid and you're into theatre, acting and what have you, why is it so wrong for someone to combine two of their interests?

#16 Posted by Ghostiet (5708 posts) -

I bet Roger Ebert is ecstatic, knowing that this piece of shit game has been turned into a work of art!

Okay, that was a joke, let's move on with that old prick.

I've watched the whole thing - it requires a lot of polish. It looks at points like they had an idea, used some of the things they've imagined and then stopped at the middle of the road.

#17 Posted by Hamst3r (4894 posts) -

So which one is the stuffed dinosaur?

#18 Posted by LordXavierBritish (6651 posts) -
@guiseppe: Because Braid's entire experience is based around gameplay.
#19 Posted by BeachThunder (13306 posts) -

I think Machinarium would have been way cooler to do as a play.

#20 Posted by RaccoonusDoodus (328 posts) -

...wtf? That's incredibly stupid.

#21 Posted by guiseppe (2843 posts) -
@LordXavierBritish said:
" @guiseppe: Because Braid's entire experience is based around gameplay. "
So is Prince of Persia, Tomb Raider and every other game turned into a movie. So why can't someone adapt a game into a play?
#22 Posted by LordXavierBritish (6651 posts) -
@guiseppe said:
" @LordXavierBritish said:
" @guiseppe: Because Braid's entire experience is based around gameplay. "
So is Prince of Persia, Tomb Raider and every other game turned into a movie. So why can't someone adapt a game into a play? "
I wasn't aware that Tomb Raider and Prince of Persia were completely visual outside of a few lines of text. 
How foolish I have been all these years, am I going mad!? 


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