Façade Available for the Mac
10:30 AM | Eddie Park | 12 comments
Thanks to the efforts of Ryan Gordon, Façade has been recently made available for the Mac. Created by Michael Mateas and Andrew Stern, Façade is described as a "an artificial intelligence-based art/research experiment in electronic narrative – an attempt to move beyond traditional branching or hyper-linked narrative to create a fully-realized, one-act interactive drama."
You, the player, using your own name and gender, play the character of a longtime friend of Grace and Trip, an attractive and materially successful couple in their early thirties. During an evening get-together at their apartment that quickly turns ugly, you become entangled in the high-conflict dissolution of Grace and Trip’s marriage. No one is safe as the accusations fly, sides are taken and irreversible decisions are forced to be made. By the end of this intense one-act play you will have changed the course of Grace and Trip’s lives – motivating you to re-play the drama to find out how your interaction could make things turn out differently the next time.Façade has been highly lauded by a number of news sources, with Gamasutra hailing it as "one of the most important games ever created," though as Ryan Gordon points out at icculus.org, folks may find it either brilliant or frustrating.
Façade is free of charge to download and play, though Gordon warns that the system requirements are very high. Said requirements include a 2.0 GHz G4/G5 or higher, and OS 10.3 or higher, with 10.4 being strongly recommended. An additional warning notes that the game will not run properly on slower Macs, though Gordon adds that a dual processor system with speeds as low as 1.0 GHz should be able to run it.
icculus.org - Façade for Mac OS X
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