VIDEO: Limbo (2010)

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Sofie takes a look at a game from the Danish indie developer Playdead. What did Sofie’s proud Danish brothers and sisters come up with this time?

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  • Jonathan Campbell

    Danes are sick.

    And this is from someone whose nation invented Grand Theft Auto.

    Also, from where I sit, you totally killed that little boy on purpose a few times.

    Sick, sick, twisted Danes.

    • Sofie Liv

      HEY! That’s was all for the purpose of video footage for YOUR entertainment!
      You gotta respect little boys sacrifice here! Respect him!

      …. yeah we are kind of sick and twisted sometimes, I admit it -_-;

      • Jonathan Campbell

        Must be that old Viking bloodlust.

        Can’t pillage a town or slaughter a monastery these days, so you all take it out on your video game children.

        • Sofie Liv

          At least there are worse things to take it out on than a video game.

          This was obviously very intentionally designed to be unpleasent, it was never supposed to be pleasent or funny to kill little boy, it’s supposed to be disturbing.
          And it succeeds, which is good.

          • Jonathan Campbell

            Uhm…

            You do know I was just making a joke, right?

          • Sofie Liv

            Yes I know.

            I’m sorry! I have a hard time turning off my analytical reviewer brain >_<

          • Jonathan Campbell

            Ah; okay.

            Thought we were having one of our comical misunderstandings again.

          • Sofie Liv

            oh you.

          • MichaelANovelli

            Now, I’m picturing you as one of those Flash Gordon robots. This image pleases me. 🙂

  • danbreunig

    A is the Artist reviewing the game
    B is the Boy contained in the frame
    C is the Color whose presence is lost
    D is the Deaths which come at a cost
    E the Effect of playing this game
    F is the Feeling of luck all the same
    G is for Gorey, whom I now imitate
    H the Hurrah! for I find him that great
    I is the Imagery straight out of Poe
    J is the Justice, where? I don’t know
    K is for Killing our small onscreen friend
    L is for Life which all comes to an end
    M is the Mayhem of solving these tests
    N the Novelty on which this game rests
    O the Ominous creepy dark air
    P is the Problems which always are there
    Q is the Quiet with every step taken
    R is for Rest? No, you’re mistaken
    S the Sanity the programmers left out
    T is the Trouble that’s always about
    U is the Player, my grammar’s not well
    V is the Violence just short of hell
    W is Winning, the hope of this game
    X is for Xavier, with an “X” in the name
    Y is for You who’s the Dork with the game
    Z is for Zealand, well-known to a Dane

    Halloween is this month, a great time for a story
    Hence my small tribute to one Edward Gorey

    Oh, and this looks like such a cool game too. 🙂

    • MichaelANovelli

      Been watching The ABC’s Of Death, have we?

      • danbreunig

        You’d think so. Alas, I haven’t really seen it yet. Edward’s my muse in this case.

    • As attested by the Dane with the love for Doc Who.

      • danbreunig

        Communal online poetry? Yeah, I can dig that.
        I like the new pic, and yet I still miss her hat.

        oooh, what have I wrought?…
        [backs away from the computer and stares into the void]

        • New picture? Clarification, dear Sir?

          • Jonathan Campbell

            See the conversation me and Sofie were having here?.

            She’s got a new avatar for commentating. Her avatar for posting videos is the same, but now she’s got a photo of herself rather than a(n adorable) cartoon.

          • Sofie Liv

            Just thought it was time for updating some stuff and renew.
            That old drawing of me is clearly outdated since well.. it’s from when I was short haired and blond three years ago XD

          • Jonathan Campbell

            Fair enough.

            That drawing was SO cute though.

          • danbreunig

            I understand why it was done, and looking great as always… 🙂

            My favorite avatar picture really is the one just before the Puss N Boots-style drawing–the photo with the very pretty smiling face.

            I will *always* have a place in my heart for the hat & scarf and the silly Danish adventurer with the red suitcase. Memories… :,(

          • Then could I get a pic for the TV Tropes page? May as well give that a facelift. I’ll probably need to resize it, that batch of promo pics should work.

          • Oh, didn’t see that. thanks

          • danbreunig

            Clarification below, dear fellow.

  • Man, I still need to finish this thing. Great review, keep them coming.

  • E-Bon

    Looks like my kind of game.

  • This video is an example of why I watch video reviews. Nobody ever gave me an explanation of what limbo is, other than “it’s great”, which is exactly the sort of non-comment that will turn me off of something. This actually gives me enough info to want to learn more about the game.

  • Jonathan Campbell

    Okay, so I just recently bought this game, and played it for the first time today.
    So I have a question.

    HOW THE F*CK CAN YOU DROWN IN THREE FEET OF WATER?!? WHY DOES THIS LITTLE SH*T NOT KNOW HOW TO SWIM?

    I DON’T CARE HOW YOUNG YOU ARE OR HOW LOST YOU ARE OR HOW MANY TIMES I GOT YOU VIOLENTLY KILLED! YOU DROWNED IN THREE FEET OF WATER! IT CAME UP TO YOUR NECK AND YOU JUST DUCKED YOUR HEAD IN AND DIDN’T EVEN STRUGGLE! WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU?!?

    Ahem…So, uhm, yeah, I’m having fun with it. Thank you for the recommendation.

    • danbreunig

      Maybe the developers wanted to try the exact opposite of the expectant effect of merely losing five points health with every direct gunshot you receive. Plus your rant sounds too appropriately like what happens in many a Gorey story like I wrote in these threads previously. Nice to hear you’re having fun with it.

      Funny, you have “HOW THE F*CK CAN YOU DROWN IN THREE FEET OF WATER?!?”
      Film Renegado has “I FELL FROM A HOUSE!” (E.T. Atari Game review)

      You guys both make me crack up.