In one of my recent, award-winning posts the developer of the indie “game” BoxesWithGuns kindly asked me to actually play the game before I criticized it. I decided to take the developer, Toemsel, up on this challenge and actually download and play his game. Unfortunately, when I attempted to install the game I received an error message each time. What follows is an actual representation of my time attempting to play and review BoxesWithGuns. These events occurred on Sunday, September 28, 2014.
10:30 A.M.: I roll out of bed, hungover from the night before. I would love to say I got drunk in scared anticipation of playing this game, but I just got drunk to get drunk.
10:40: I boot up my computer and search on Google for “BoxesWithGuns.” I find a link to download and play the game. I click on the link and immediately load Facebook in another tab.
10:41: I forget I opened up the download page for the game and start watching an episode of “Twin Peaks.” I also begin playing my Nintendo 3DS during this.
11:10: I walk downstairs and make myself a tuna sandwich. While making the sandwich I remember about the game. I walk upstairs, sandwich in hand, and re-open the tab containing the download for the game.
11:11: I learn that I must download and install a program in order to download and play BoxesWithGuns. This bothers me, but I download this program anyway. While waiting for the download to complete I continue watching “Twin Peaks” and I eat my sandwich. It is quite good.
11:30: I notice the program has finished downloading and my virus scanner has determined that this file is “clean.” I wonder to myself if I will also feel “clean” after playing this game.
11:32: I install the program that is, for some reason, necessary to play the game. I just want to say that again: I had to install a program to install a crappy indie game because some guy got angry at one of my humor posts. This is my life.
11:34: Upon installing the program I realize I also have to register for an account. I do so and receive an email containing an activation link for my profile. “Is this even worth it?” I think to myself. I hesitantly click the link included in the email. My account is activated. I can only feel that my entire life has been changed for the worse because of this event.
11:35: I load up the program, sign in to my profile, and begin my search for BoxesWithGuns. I find that, oddly enough, it is on the front page of the program as a “Featured Game.” Maybe I was wrong about this game. Maybe it actually is good. I highly doubt this, but at this point I am willing to give the game a chance.
11:36: I begin the download process of the game and look away from my screen. I continue to watch “Twin Peaks” for a few minutes without checking the download.
11:41: I check on the download of the game and notice an error message on my screen. The game did not download successfully. I attempt to download the game again.
11:43: Another download error appears on my screen. Apparently the program could not complete the download process. I exit out of the program and try the download again.
11:47: The download again does not finish correctly. I decide I am better off not playing this game and I am sure my life is better for it.
So there you have it, gentle readers. I tried my best to actually play this garbage game and failed completely. However, I am not sad about this situation. In fact, I am happy that I did not have to sit through any second of this complete pile of garbage. I hope Toemsel appreciates my efforts and realizes this game is a pile of trash.