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Elegy for a Dead World

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In Elegy, you'll travel to three worlds and write stories about their long-dead societies. You’ll lose yourself in settings inspired by the works of poets Keats, Byron, and Shelley, and use the game's system of writing prompts to help create your own masterpieces.

Explore 27 different writing challenges, through which you create narratives about the worlds you visit, from multiple perspectives. In one challenge, you play an archaeologist, uncovering clues and writing about a city's final days; in another, you're a thief, composing a song about searching the wreckage for valuables; and in another, you're a bard penning a lament in rhyming couplets.

The developers created Elegy to share the joy of creative expression -- ideally, they want to give non-writers an environment in which they can tell stories. With visuals inspired by Romantic painter J. M. W. Turner, the game provides a playground for individual imagination, and a community where everyone is an artist. Elegy's developers, Dejobaan Games and Popcannibal, are leaving the discussion of what art or a game is to critics, and merely asking gamers, "What will you write?"

When you've finished writing a story, share it with other players via Steam Workshop; then read others' works, and commend your favorites.
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Dejobaan Games
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System requirements for macOS

  • OS: OS X version 10.7.5 or later.
  • Processor: Dual Core
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 3D card with 512MB
  • Storage: 2 GB available space

System requirements for PC

  • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7
  • Processor: Dual Core
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 3D card with 512MB
  • DirectX: Version 9.0c
  • Storage: 2 GB available space

System requirements for Linux

  • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or later
  • Processor: Dual Core
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 3D card with 512MB
  • Storage: 2 GB available space
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Elegy for a Dead World reviews and comments

Translated by
Microsoft from Deutsch
Anyone can write with Elegy for a Dead World! This Game offers Germ Cells for Stories in the Form of atmospheric Landscapes and optional, presented Passages of text. You can play Elegy for a Dead World as a gap text, or you can write completely hands free. It surprises how well and simply this works. If you want to take a Look at the Stories of other Authors, it is also quite simple, but the Search is a bit confusing. You can't look directly for individual Writers or Stories. I lack some sharing mechanisms to give his Stories to others to Read. Overall, Though, Elegy for a Dead World is a great Experiment that makes Writing easier than Frying a little Steak!
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Microsoft from French
Su-per-Bo but also brand new. There are only three worlds to explore (three worlds Su-per-Bo as I said, in digital painting and all that). Three worlds on the theme of desolate worlds, sci-fi. No action, no puzzles, no check with an AI corrector: we are free to write what we want. The illustrations, the hole phrases and the texts of the other "players" make it possible to find inspiration. In fact, I really like the principle and I would have liked to see more sets, and that the theme is wider because talking about the end of the world is good but the causes are often the same (unless you get violent and find another way to tell. We are free!). It remains to be seen whether a community of French players is set up. I write in English and French but I would be much more free using my native language and in interaction with other francophone writers.
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Microsoft from French
Impressions of talented colorists are behind Elegy for a dead world. Beyond the pleonasm of the title (an elegy designating nowadays a lyrical work relating to something already dead), Elegie for a dead world arises as a sensitive, abstract experience and hopes to evoke things regularly associated with the unspeakable. Three worlds are open to you, each one connected to a specific poet. Although Keats, Byron or Shelley are not exactly known by the Francophonie, I am sure that the words: "I am Ozimandias, Kings of Kings — behold my work O mighty and desperate" tell you something (it is one of the messages that one little t hear after building the Colossus in Civilization IV). Elegy is perhaps a "serious game", the game has the pretense of having you write: observe the world and fill the text with the holes of the prompter. Several variants of these texts to be completed exist with various purposes. Be enigmatic or improve your English with a version dedicated to grammar, etc. You can then create your own text with holes, share it, share your already completed stories... Daring, experimental, to be reserved to those who are warned as much as, you suspect, only English is on the program at the moment. [Notes and description on the gameplay to review.]
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