Thursday, July 4, 2024

A young Pokémon trainer and her trusty reality-altering companion.

Glitches like Missingno. in older video games were a big inspiration for the plot of Pixeldust. Back in the day, I really enjoyed exploring beneficial glitches that allowed the player to have an entirely different experience from what the developers intended (go anywhere as Fierce Deity Link, anyone?). It felt like I was tapping into an alternate universe that had manifested independently of the developers, as though the game had taken on a life of its own.

Which is basically exactly what happens in Pixeldust, where the main character utilizes a glitch to travel to maps in an MMORPG that aren't supposed to be accessible to the public yet, and creates her own alternate (and much more interesting) narrative to the game's otherwise really cliché plotline. I think that's kinda the secret dream of a lot of RPG gamers, honestly.

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