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Getting Over It With Bennett Foddy

Developer / Publisher: Bennett Foddy
06 October 2017
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"A game I made for a certain kind of person. To hurt them." - Bennett Foddy
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Getting over is more like getting involved in a certain kind of mindstate which is reasonably peculiar to casual gamers. High-budget games set the difficulty trend in gaming and they try to be easy, supporting, and motivating in many ways such as minimaps, waypoint indicators, and fast travel due to improving their accessibility to the masses. Getting over is the exact opposite of this approach. It constantly tries to break you with its tight level design, demotivational narration, and clearing your progress in the middle of your struggle to climb, leaving you nothing but frustration. It's like the harsh noise or black metal equivalent of a game design, it just assaults the player instead of being playful and fun. But not in a way that Syobon Action does, it's fair and balanced which makes every fault yours in your way to the top and presumably the bottom of the mountain.

As Foddy said, it's a game for certain people who I believe don't like to be taken by the hand to hurt them by exposing their capabilities to themselves, leaving a scar that can't be fixed by loading a game save. The situation that the player is in makes this game so unique as mentioned above, it particularly needs attention by game designers foremost. However, I wouldn't and I did not recommend this game to any of my friends nor family because not all of us are interested in taking lessons by hurting ourselves. Foddy abuses the psychological phenomenon to overcome obstacles through a video game and he's very upfront about his attitude and the game he made so there is no way for me to hate it but to embrace it as an art medium through play. It's always rewarding to overcome an obstacle whether it's physical or not. The abstraction of the theme satisfies this need by transforming the obstacles into yours. Instead of exploring the game's world, the player is left alone with his world and a bunch of familiar objects that constantly reminds him of the reality he's facing every day.

Game scholars should also watch this GDC talk about putting your name on the title like Sid Meier to understand what Foddy tries to manage by doing it. Without spoilers, the ending is built in a similar way to this approach. Human interaction is way easier within the technology we have but oddly enough we lack that most. Foddy suggests multiple solutions for it in this release so it's worth the struggle.
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people don't get this game.
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I would like this game more if I was better at it. And not in like a way where I could get better at it if I practiced, I mean like in the initial playthrough. People who really like the game say their first clears were something like 6-15 hours, which is totally fair. I started save scumming starting at orange hell and it still took me 15 hours. Beating this legit for me might've taken more than 50 hours. Just saying the balance of this game is made for people who are at least somewhat initially partially decent at it. That's not even to say it's a problem with the game, it's just that the game only plays well for a certain kind of skilled player.

But idk, maybe my problem was I was mostly using a controller (I used both mouse and controller at different points, generally mouse for more precise sections and the controller for quick and consistent movements, though once I started save scumming I mostly just used a controller).

That being said, it's a fantastic original mechanic (or at least to me, Bennett does say it's originally from a 15 year old game, and upon playing that the mechanic are surprisingly almost identical just with worse physics and way buggier), the physics are great, it's hilarious, and a great game to converse and play with friends if you have those, and the philosophy in the voiceovers is insightful and interesting -- I was not expecting a postmodernist critique of video games and digital culture with this (a game about trash made from trash (though there's more to the philosophy than that)).

And it's great how the game fluctuates in and out through letting you be safe and letting you lose everything. Generally after a very difficult section, you get a rest period, and except for orange hell, very difficult sections don't punish you too hard for failing them. But of course true to the game's design, there's usually a small chance a mistake can send you all the way back to the beginning, even at the very end of the game (it's possible to throw yourself off the antenna at the end, slide down the mountain, and accidentally ride the snake to wind up back at the very start). It's the fact that it's possible, but only seldomly happens that makes it genius.
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I'm being serious when I say this is genuinely one of the most heartfelt games I've ever played. There's no shitty narrative to pay attention to, no diegesis to speak of, it's just pure mechanics and a direct conversation, often literally, between the player and the author. It felt genuinely cathartic to finish this game; Bennett Foddy is a legit genius.

Also not to throw shade but another review here says the dialogue from Foddy is demotivating? That couldn't be further from the truth.
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If every time you died in Super Mario Bros. you had to restart from 1-1 then of course it would be considered one of the hardest games of all time.
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There's a parallel between Getting Over It with the movie Funny Games: you absolutely must be a specific person with specific unresolved issues. If you're not, the movie/game will seem overly-aggressive on a tedious fourth-wall-breaking message that seems insulting for no reason.

Go buy this if you feel like your life lacks enough exposure with frustration or that you love groking game mechanics. Others, stay away. Give the game respect for being so upfront about this requirement.
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  • fakesynthi 2022-04-28 05:25:28.079785+00
    makes me so sad knowing i can never play this game for the first time again
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  • Cease_ 2022-05-01 11:47:50.485397+00
    OK the score on this being as low as 3.0 has me actually a bit pissed off
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  • ruth1120 2022-05-08 18:53:11.364768+00
    masocore platformer has been added to this! Its maybe counter to the message of the game but I think its apt enough. I still think we need a genre for unintuitve controls to go along with it in this case.
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  • ruth1120 2022-05-17 19:15:44.996967+00
    fumblecore just got added!!! i think that name is good, i like to think my complaining lead to this
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  • directioncrushingheat 2022-07-16 00:26:47.620713+00
    that synopsis LMAO
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  • cringeybabey 2022-08-04 19:59:43.33683+00
    so many people got filtered by this game
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