Tale of Tales makes a game about war and doesn’t give you a gun

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The Kickstarter for Tale of Tales’ Sunset is now live. Like parts of Call of Duty: Black Ops, this game is set during a revolution in the 70s in Africa the Third World. But unlike any Call of Duty ever, you play a housekeeper. You’re cleaning the really groovy home (pictured) of one of the guys fighting the war.

Sunset is a first person exploration game in the vein of Gone Home and Dear Esther. As in those, playing centers on the discovery of story clues. In Sunset, however, you play while the events unfold (rather than uncovering a story that happened in the past). The other inspiration for Sunset is military action games. We always wondered what life would be like for the extras in such games, the people who are not the heroes, the ones on the sidelines — like most of us. How does it feel to be one of the many victims of war, instead of the hero? How does it feel when war is the backdrop for your day-to-day life?

Even if you have no desire to play or support the game, you should at least watch the video on their Kickstarter page. Because developers Michael Samyn and Auriea Harvey are about as adorable a couple as you can imagine. And I’m not just saying that because he opens with a monocle and she’s wearing a T-shirt for one of my favorite arthouse game, The Path. Where can I get one of those?

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