Tuesday, February 12, 2019

A good riddle versus no frustration

This text is about the Rose riddle in my game "The Bug Boy".

Most of today's players would like to experience a story and not to solve riddles. And looking on the statistics of my game "The Bug Boy after the first 100 players, I discovered that almost 90% of all people who arrived at Rose stopped. There is a pattern behind the art phrases that Rose wants to hear or not. But the solution is not obvious and it takes some trial and error to succeed.

I do really encourage you to take the time, endure a little frustration and to find the solution for the riddle yourself. B U T if you want just to experience the story and not get held up by a riddle, let me explain you the solution below.

Spoilers below this point

Rule 1: Rose does not like any statement about art that attribute any quasi-religious effects to art.
"When art is made anew, we are made new with it.", "The main objective of art is to make you love, hope, tremble, to make you feel alive.", "Art brings meaningfulness into our lives.", "Art is when you hear a knocking from your soul — and you answer.", "Art is a collaboration between God and the artist (and the less the artist does the better). ", "Art leads us to a celebration of the world."

Rule 2: Rose does not like any statements that talk badly about modern art.
"Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects. Imagination without skill gives us modern art.", "Art is a private language for sophisticates to congratulate themselves on their superiority to the rest of the world.", "Art should be the process of evoking pity and terror. Self-styled modern artists prefer unemotional pseudo-intellectual masturbation.", "Artists live off each other's hypocrisy, fueling a worthless market of trash.", "Art has to be what is called ‘intense’. Roughly speaking, it means saying only one thing at a time, and saying it wrong.", "Art should be made by people who will not be happy until you join them in the church of ‘everything is fucked up, so throw up your hands’."

Rule 3: Rose likes every statement that is not falling under rule 1 or 2.

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