In case you’re experiencing a time of extreme tension and fear, Nathalie Lawhead needs you to realize that Everything Is Going to Be OK. It’s a performance exertion from Lawhead, who creates recreations and intuitive workmanship under the moniker Alienmelon. Furthermore, this previous end of the week, her amusement won the Interaction Award at the IndieCade Festival. It’s an intelligent craftsmanship piece that is a progression of small scale encounters loaded with cute animals who interchange between throwing elevating mottos and communicating existential apathy.
“It’s a gathering of biographies, dynamic biographies that are based around sorrow, injury, battle, how society comes up short individuals that need to battle with things like melancholy,” said Lawhead in a meeting with GamesBeat. “It’s surrounded in a way where it’s charming characters in appalling circumstances. It’s humorous. At first glance it would appear that dim satire, however as you connect with it and go further, it begins disentangling those points and sort of encourages dialog.”
When I played Everything Is Going to Be OK, it now and then helped me to remember movie producer Don Hertzfeldt’s dull absurdist silliness. Nonetheless, this amusement has a more unmistakable sheen of positive thinking. It’s the sort of experience that clusters down in the foxhole with you, pointing at how appalling everything is except jabbing fun at it at any rate.
The stories are spoken to by symbols that buoy around on a glitchy PC desktop. As you tap on them, they open up in discrete windows. Each of them is a vignette that methodologies subjects like confidence, unbalanced social communications, dismissal from companions, self-perception, and the sky is the limit from there. Frequently, the dreadful things that come upon the charming characters are compared against their happy states of mind. One character gazes into a mirror, which reveals to it that everything would be better if just it were more “typical.” “I cherish this!” the character shouts.
“There’s no positive aspect regarding battling with this stuff,” said Lawhead. “Be that as it may, in the meantime, it ought to inspire and interesting and sort of influence you to perceive how strange life can be. One awful thing after another, before long—that winds up noticeably absurd. It’s funny. It’s something I need to pass on. Life is ludicrous. It’s one damn thing after another. You make its best. You move with the punches.”
Something Lawhead needs to disperse is disgrace around individual battles. For example, her grandma was a detainee at a death camp in World War II. Her family felt embarrassed about the detestations they continued, and Lawhead additionally felt embarrassed when she experienced her own battles. It was colossally consoling when she at long last met and conversed with other individuals who were experiencing similar things.
“Injury is sustained by not having the capacity to discuss it,” said Lawhead. “‘You ought to be embarrassed.’ ‘You ought to be idealistic and positive, be a legend.’ It sort of negates you as it were.”
You can discover a greater amount of Lawhead’s work connected on her site or on Itch.io. Every last bit of it includes a tasteful that pounds up surfaces, burning neon hues, and intentionally glitchy developments. She says she’s enlivened by old tech, the “brokenness” of PCs.
“I truly cherish old PC UIs, similar to Windows 95, prior stuff, where designers were responsible for the UI, and it’s crappy and repulsive,” said Lawhead. “There’s something sweet and incapacitating about programming that is as yet endeavoring to make sense of how to be programming. It’s broken, however not. It’s truly enchanting. I like the jarred stylish, the glitched, broken enlivened GIF feel. It’s open. It’s intriguing.”
Lawhead has been making net craftsmanship since 1999 with her initially discharge, Blue Suburbia. She saw it as a bit of intuitive workmanship, a sort of blended media sonnet, and soon individuals were alluding to it as an amusement. At initially, she was impervious to the arrangement. She’s presently more open to it, however she says despite everything she approaches her work as intelligent craftsmanship as opposed to amusements in essence.
“There’s still a great deal of preferences around individuals’ desires,” said Lawhead. “‘Diversion’ accompanies a great deal of things. You need to have circles and enchantment circles and a trick. When you do stuff this way, where there’s clearly no genuine point however to encounter something—it’s getting to a point where individuals will attempt it, yet there’s still a great deal of ice to break. It’s a decent time to do stuff this way.”
Lawhead says she’s needed to influence an undertaking to like Everything Is Going to Be OK for some time keeping in mind the end goal to open up a dialog while likewise conveying to people that they’re not the only one. At the point when individuals are battling, she feels that society regularly drives them aside out of comfort since they don’t know how to help or on the grounds that they would prefer truly not to offer assistance. Up until now, she’s had great reactions when she’s displayed it at occasions like the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) and IndieCade.
“It’s something that has been preparing for some time,” said Lawhead. “For me it’s been by and by cathartic, yet I likewise needed to see something like this influenced in light of the fact that I to know I’m not the only one. Individuals have identified with this. That is the best thing I could request.”