The Dark Room Is An Absurdist YouTube Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Game
We’ve all seen those YouTube adventure games where you have to click on the screen to advance to the next part of the game, like an online version of the Choose Your Own Adventure books we used to love. Well, Australian comedian John Robertson has come up with an absurdist mind-hole version that sees you awakening in a dark room, attempting to understand what’s going on, and eventually escaping.
It turns the act of simply trying to turn on a light switch into abuse, as a disembodied head shouts at you for your idiocy at pretty much every turn you take. So in case you hadn’t suffered enough abuse online, you can always start playing The Dark Room and see how far you get.
After a few minutes of dead ends, you begin to think it’s the gaming equivalent of Sisyphus’ endless, thankless task of trying to push a boulder up a hill, only for it to fall to the bottom again.