Rail Slave Games are releasing a new game this year, and it’s called Selfie : Sisters of the Amniotic Lens. That’s about all I know about it, despite reading the features list and watching the trailer. I’m utterly befuddled: the trailer is full of such abstract imagery and disconnected scenes that it makes even David Lynch’s most ambitious work appear to be rote, cliche-abiding Hollywood.
Perhaps it’s just because I’m stupid. Here: take a watch yourself and see if you can figure it out.
Set during the 1980s, apparently the “days of “Nauseous pines” summer of love are over” and “the travellers and minstrels, dreamers and drug dealers have gone”. Which sounds ominous.
“Now it’s time to face what you did to the minds of the naive all those years ago,” says the synopsis. I’m confused and scared.
The features list is as follows:
- Story driven non-game with space exploration elements dealing with the dangers of the radicalization of the vulnerable.
- Engage with other peoples deepest and darkest pleas in deep and meaningful retro-future play-by-mail mmo/social network.
- The most advanced fly A.I. of all time utilizing not only there random state but stable route calculating sense of smell.
- “Mix tape” of music by the award winning No-wave/industrial and avant-folk siren Jarboe.
- Quantum physics, metaphysics and retro-future tech combine to immerse you in a nightmare world.
- Concept and story by the TIGA award nominated Dylan Barry
- Full suite of 198X teletext by award winning artist Dan Farrimond (ITAF, British Tate)
- Additional art and lucid dream exploration by Isaac
- Guest starring psychonaught sirens Neurosoup (Krystle Cole) Christina Martine and introducing Christine Brookes
- Special guest appearances by members of the Rail slave games community and Jarboe herself.
- Paid air drops!!!, with a twist, we will find your bottles randomly and #bless you with real world money.”
An AI with a sense of smell? Teletext? Lucid Dream exploration? What does it all mean? Perhaps it’s a code to be cracked. Let’s gather in the comments and see if we can’t work this insanity out. One thing’s for sure: it’s not about pretty people taking photos of themselves and uploading them to Instagram.