Dear Esther was first developed as a video game but is now played live on a stage. The innovative game drew widespread acclaim and won a handful of awards as one of the first walkin games, a style of gameplay wherein the objective isn’t to score the most points or be the fastest. Instead, the game’s tempo is low and you are not required to take many actions. Dear Esther focuses on the narrative, a story of a traumatic car crash and an existential crisis that gradually unfolds within the atmospheric visuals of its virtual world. The game’s imagery was designed by Chinese Room and it’s music composed by Jessica Curry. On this night, the game will be played by writer and game-journalist Thomas McMullan with support from a string ensemble and soprano.

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