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I like weird stuff sometimes! Some people call this stuff "random" but I think that's a dumb generalization for the gloriously bizarre. Since we're making a weird gamething I wanted to look at some others! A couple of my favorites to start the ball rolling:

Mastaba Snoopy is basically the best twine game. You can play it here: http://bit.ly/1c0smOg . It takes place 14,000 years in the future after an alien race has recreated what it believes to be our civilization but is really just a bunch of off-the-mark Peanuts comic references. It gets into what is best about interactive fiction and sci-fi.

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Stretch Panic is a game by Treasure where you have this weird claw arm and can stretch anything in the world. Oddly, the first things you are presented to stretch are, uhhh, sort of bikini babes I guess.

When I first played this game I thought I had somehow purchased somebody's hacked disc.

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Also oh god I love LSD: Dream Emulator for PS1.

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Experiment12 - Free - Windows, Mac

This game consists of twelve small games by various indie developers. Terry Cavanagh (VVVVVV, Super Hexagon), Richard Perrin (The White Chamber, Kairo), Michael Brough (Glitch Tank, Corrypt, 868-HACK) are just a few of the developers involved. They each made their own part and they're all combined to form a larger project. There is a narrative to follow but it went over my head, although I did pick up pieces of it here and there. You can play any of the twelve in any order you like.

Random screenshot:

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La La Land - Free - Windows

This might be the weirdest thing I've ever played. I don't even know how to describe them. The download will give you five games and they are all very short. Again, there is a narrative going on but I didn't fully understand it. Some of the games come with a text file that tells what the controls are.

Random screenshot:

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Yeti - Free - Windows

This is a point-and-click adventure game where you play as a documentarian that follows around a yeti. Short, fun to play, and I thought it was funny.

Random screenshot:

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Definitly Noby Noby Boy for PS3. Made by the same guy who created Katamari Damacy.

You play as this weird 2-headed creature called BOY who roam around, eat stuff and stretch out to become longer.

After a while you can go report your length to a similar creature called GIRL who stretch out into space. She will then add your length to her own in order to reach other planets. This is an online collaboration, every player's length is added to this one central creature. When she reaches a new planet all players will unlock a new level to play in.

It's more of an interactive toy than a game, but it's certainly unique and I think the style is kinda similar to Pen's pitch.

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Weird Egg & Crushing Finger: http://www.freeindiegam.es/2014/01/weird-egg-crushing-finger-mason-lindroth/

^ You manipulate a land of tiny people with your finger

rara racer: http://www.increpare.com/2008/12/rara-racer/

^ best / funniest "live narration" game

murder dog iv: http://harmonyzone.org/MurderDogIV.html

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^ murder dog is on trial!

crypt worlds: http://cicadamarionette.com/Games/CryptWorlds/Main.html

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pale machine: http://www.freeindiegam.es/2014/02/pale-machine-ben-esposito-bo-en/

^ playable music video with a very cool style

ultra business tycoon: http://aliendovecote.com/uploads/twine/tycoon/crime.html

^ twine game about playing an old, mysterious PC shareware game

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Killer 7 is gloriously bizarre.

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In that vain, almost anything by Suda51 it rather out there. No More Heroes is particularly odd at times. Still, I wouldn't think Killer7 or No More Heroes inspiration for LPBB, as they're a different type of "weird" than where I think this prototype will go with it.

Don't Shit Your Pants was a pretty weird game.

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-Most of tale of tales games (specially the path):

http://tale-of-tales.com/

-Will you ever return saga (and most of Jack's games):

http://gamejolt.com/profile/jack-spinoza/16561/

-The void:

http://store.steampowered.com/app/37000/

-Dominique Pamplemouse (this is a regular clay adventure game, but it's a "musical"):

http://www.dominiquepamplemousse.com/

-POP

http://www.roblach.com/

-Continue

http://continue9876543210.com/

-Ceremony of Innocence:

(as well as most peter gabriel interactive CDs)

-Freakshow and Bad day on the midway

-Alice an interactive museum

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice:_An_Interactive_Museum

-Puppet Motel:

http://www.amazon.com/Puppet-Motel-PC-Mac-CD-Rom/dp/1581250401

And not so "weird" but are more narrative focused the novelist, journal(released today), and jazzpunk.

In the early cd-rom era there were a lot of weird game from multimedia artists that thought interactive art was the next thing.

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Another obscure weird game is Psygnosis' Blue Ice... which is a completely surreal adventure game from 1995:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbibUYtUNcY

There's pretty much only one known (mostly) complete walk though: http://www.the-spoiler.com/OTHER/Psygnosis/blue.ice.3/index.html (which also contains a bit of information about the game's production history).

Monster Party for the NES is another strange game where you have a boss fight with a well, a giant tempura shrimp, as well as a mix of actual monsters. Someone posted a full play through without commentary here:

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Vib Ribbon on Playstation. JP only I think but it's pretty well known :)

Some other games only released in Japan:

Takeshi no Chousenjou (Famicom)

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Famous comedian and film director Takeshi Kitano doing his own game, and trying to break every rules about video games along the way.

The game is infamously known for its opening screen blatantly stating "This game is made by a man who hates videogames" and goes about setting the user near impossible tasks to complete. Some examples include utilizing the Nintendo Famicom Controller II that has a built in microphone forcing the player to sing karaoke continuously for one hour while leaving the controller untouched and hitting the final boss 20,000 times to defeat them.

Utsurun Desu - Kawauso Hawaii e iku (Famicom)

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It's your typical plateformer, but full of "breaking the fourth wall" type of jokes, like false title screen, gaining suddenly the ability to walk on the background, and more...

Hayauchi Sokutei Game (Famicom)

Best game you'll ever play.

Anybody can read French? because http://oujevipo.fr/ is the best place to find hundreds of weird video games. I recommend the 2013 and 2012 end of the year top lists.

http://oujevipo.fr/dossierstops/1050-mon-top-25-de-2013

http://oujevipo.fr/dossierstops/862-top-50-de-2012

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A few years ago I made a RPGMaker game with a bunch of other people (like Mortis Ghost, who a game called Off that went pretty viral on Tumblr and that is worth mentioning here : http://forum.starmen.net/forum/Fan/Games/OFF-by-Mortis-Ghost/page/1/) called "DarkSoule.Ace2", I guess it could be described as some sort of demented and very ugly Wario Ware game going in numerous random direction every few seconds, where you only very slowly realize the existence of a plotline and that is endless and never the same every time you play it. It was shown on french TV at some point :

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Great frikkin' thread! Glory be!

My absolute favourite 'weird developer' is Increpare, who I consider something of a personal hero. His conceptual and mathematical understanding of games is far beyond my own, but he also couples this with keen intelligence, wit, anger and sometimes neat storytelling! He can sometimes be a little self-consciously avant-garde perhaps but I love his glitchy aesthetic and the singular atmosophere of his games!

http://www.increpare.com/

Some of his best in my humble opinion:

Slave of God is a glitchcore club simulator and should almost definitely not be played if you have photosensitive epilepsy. Puts the willies up me.

Puzzles is a work of very clever design and an example of Lavelle's formalism at its best.

Promises is an eerie little logic game like a quiet nightmare of an Amiga game.

Oíche Mhaith reminds me of the British radio series Blue Jam in that it is a little daft and glib, but also simultaneously moving. Exploitative but earnest. I am not sure about its characterisation of the Irish family.

Untris - backwards Tetris.

American Dream - the dark heart of capitalism! Now 200x more addictive! Collect stuff! Buy shares in celebrities! Do insider trading at wild sex parties!

whale of noise - a genuinely relaxing and meditative experience using tones.

Hush - a clever little experiential metaphor. Play it.

The Terrible Whiteness of Appalachian Nights - really messed me up. Trigger warning. Juddery.

Therapy Game - a tiny little narrative game. Potted but worth while for 2 mins.

Theatrics - absolutely brilliant. Puzzles can be solved either through narratology or through logic, but really shows how the former is dependent on the latter. Not really a story creation tool, though that's what it looks like. Quiet the opposite, in fact. Really like this one.

Home - an empathetic experiment in very limited interaction. I like it, but many don't.

Almudy Park - a very limited adventure game, but a sad one.

Judith - a famous one. A first person retelling of 'Bluebeard' that looks like Doom.

Opera Omnia - I think this one is really intelligent and just beyond me somehow.

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Coincidentally enough, I also happened to make a list of the weirdest games I've ever played recently mostly for my own amusement. So, I'll link to that if it so pleases!

http://www.listchallenges.com/weirdest-video-games

I won't go through them all here, but I will recommend a few:

The Cosmology of Kyoto

Explore medieval Kyoto through many cycles of reincarnation. One of the only games Roger Ebert ever liked. Consistently grotesque, but also, oddly moving. It's fun and scary to just explore.

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Life of D Duck

Scrawled, deformed drawings based on Donald Duck's family provide useful but badly-spelt nutritional advice.

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Schoolgirl x Squid

I know the writer of this one and it is very peculiar and charming! It's a mostly-chaste romance (don't worry!) between a schoolgirl and her pet squid. You learn genuine squid care advice through playing!

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Probably one of my favorite surreal and strange games in recent memory is Frog Fractions, the less you know about this one before playing it, the better - http://twinbeard.com/frog-fractions

There's also Goblet Grotto, which admittedly, I haven't quite had a chance to dive into yet, but I am very excited by the prospect - http://harmonyzone.org/GobletGrotto.html

Surreal games are definitely something that's lacking in recent times, though!

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Probably one of my favorite surreal and strange games in recent memory is Frog Fractions, the less you know about this one before playing it, the better - http://twinbeard.com/frog-fractions

Wow, just had a quick look at it before going to bed. Turns out I needed to play this through crazy random retro thing in one session much more urgently than I needed sleep. Thank you for the recommendation, Unigma.

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It's not quite as obscure as many of the games listed here, but you should play The Stanley Parable! Either the demo, or the full game, or both. Here is a video that may or may not help to explain the game to you:

Also, Little Inferno was both weird and awesome. Here's a trailer:

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Dudes: Starship Titanic.

Edit: The reason I mention this game is that (aside from being a Douglas Adams game) it had an ambitious text parsing system, voiced dialogue, and great characters. The preceding video doesn't really show that off, so I'd recommend watching a let's play if you can't get a hold of the game. Here's one of the less terrible ones:

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3dxkb_lp-starship-titanic-1_videogames

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man, I think I want to live stream seaman tomorrow, but I can't find my microphone.

I've honestly never played that game. Would be great to watch :)

I was laughing watching the stream of Greg trying to play Facade (which I've also never seen) last night :)

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@the_associate: Man, Life of D. Duck is one of my favorites. I've played that and its sequel so many times. They're definitely weird, but they still have sort of an internal logic that holds up reasonably well. I think I mentioned them in the best games that no one's heard of thread a while back.

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There's a really weird game called "Cargo! - The Quest for Gravity' by Ice-Pick Lodge. Being extremely bizarre aside, there are also definitely some superficial similarities to Little Pink Best Buds.

Also, I doubt I need to say NWS, but there are lots of butts in this (for another superficial similarity!):

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Drelbs, Jammin, Realm of Impossibility, Pogo Joe, Mind Walker, Spy vs. Spy, Eco, The Sentinel, Grim Fandango, Psychonauts, The Cave, Space Giraffe, Braid, Dungeon Keeper, Shift, Scribblenauts, Organ Trail, TRON, Bad Mojo, Yars' Revenge, Berzerk, Lazy Jones, Little Computer People, Master of the Lamps, Impossible Mission, ... not the most weird games in history but games which were fun to play and had weird aspects.

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Here is a game that will forever change your perception of morning coffee, so beware because you just might get a Deadly Premonition. :)

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