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The Play‘s The Thing
Border House author Deirdra Kiai has a new game out called The Play. It is a browser-based choose-your-own-adventure-style text-based game about a disastrous dress rehearsal. You play as the director of the play and have to manage the attitudes of your three actors and your stagehand in order to get through the rehearsal. The game is very funny, but there's also more to it: the game is also an examination of sexual harassment and how a person is forced into choosing between challenging sexual harassment at the expense of their own success, or trying to ignore it in order to not lose their livelihood. I never thought I would play a game about sexual harassment that was funny without making light of harassment, but The Play absolutely succeeds. The Play also won third place in this year's Interactive Fiction Competition. Congrats, Deirdra! Play The Play here--it only takes 15 minutes or so, and there are multiple endings so replaying is encouraged--and when you're done, read more about the game's background at Deirdra's blog.