howlingdogs

A Eulogy for Kuranes 2


This is a review of Porpentine’s game howl­ing dogs, which is writ­ten in Twine.

The review is also writ­ten in Twine, and here it is:

A Eulogy for Kuranes

It does not require any down­loads or spe­cial soft­ware to use, and is hosted by the Ontological Geek, so you should have no fear of viruses.

 


Bill Coberly

About Bill Coberly

Bill Coberly is the founder and now Editor Emeritus (that means he doesn't really do anything any more) of the Ontological Geek. He currently studies law at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, where he lives with his wonderful wife and a pair of small and snuggly terriers.

  • Anonymous

    Wow. A bril­liant review of a bril­liant game.

  • not­that­jack

    This was absolutely amaz­ing. It expanded upon my appre­ci­a­tion for ‘howl­ing dogs’ (after fin­ish­ing the game, then replay­ing it in part, I had gone on to read var­i­ous people’s writ­ings about it, includ­ing Porpentine her­self and Emily Short among oth­ers) but also added to what I took away from ‘howl­ing dogs’ itself — more so than any­thing else any­one else had said about the game.

    And then, on top of all that, it gave me a deeply per­sonal view of what the game had meant to you, specif­i­cally and indi­vid­u­ally. This facet of your review also expanded upon my appre­ci­a­tion for, and added to what I took away from, ‘howl­ing dogs’; but it meant far more than that.

    Thank you for shar­ing so much of your­self in ‘A Eulogy for Kuranes’ (though I’m no longer sure, hav­ing reached the end of it, that call­ing it a ‘eulogy’ is entirely cor­rect, I do think it was nec­es­sary for it to be con­strued as such at the out­set). (Or per­haps it’s enti­tling it as a eulogy specif­i­cally for Kuranes that’s what’s not quite right…?)

    Transformative works are often con­sid­ered — not unlike works cre­ated with Twine, appar­ently — “women’s” in nearly every neg­a­tive way that label can be con­strued: emo­tional, niche, weak, soft, silly, lesser, insignif­i­cant, embar­rass­ing, child­ish, sim­plis­tic, miss­ing the point, of inter­est only to women, etc. Fanfiction is a prime exam­ple of this, but far from the only one. And a trans­for­ma­tive work is pre­cisely what I would call your ‘Eulogy for Kuranes’; it builds on a prior creator’s work and will have the most res­o­nance for some­one who is famil­iar with the orig­i­nal work which inspired it. The fact that it’s also a highly ana­lyt­i­cal work of lit­er­ary crit­i­cism does noth­ing to dimin­ish its trans­for­ma­tive nature. 

    Congratulations, sir, on prov­ing your­self to be “a straight, white, cis­gen­dered American male. A Christian, even!” who gets it. You’re absolutely cor­rect that it would be stu­pid (I avoid “dumb” as some peo­ple who can­not speak well, or at all, using their mouths con­sider it ableist) for any­one to sug­gest that you shouldn’t use Twine, just as it would be stu­pid for any­one to sug­gest that you shouldn’t cre­ate trans­for­ma­tive works.

    Congratulations also on hav­ing crafted a pow­er­ful and mov­ing review/game/experience.

    And thank you, sin­cerely, for shar­ing it with us all.