Abusive Relationship Simulator


html file / minimum resolution: 350x600 pixels / language: english

The Abusive Relationship Simulator appears to be a simple text adventure which can be accessed online (fullscreen version here) as well as in a fixed terminal.

Contrary to its genre-abiding design, the program deviates from the norm in some very specific ways: The game can neither be won nor can the storyline be lastingly affected. There is no ending, no high score and all in all only 300 words which are displayed in a semi-randomized manner: The computer has a pre-programmed set of reactions available to any kind of player behavior, to which the player then can only be reactionary himself and which he cannot foresee. Interacting with the program always leads to a loop until the player decides to stop playing altogether. As long as he participates, in the narration’s diegesis, he becomes an ‘enabler’ who continuously passes the ball to the computer who impersonates an abusive partner.

The program is not written solely with textbook information, but is a patchwork of experiences of an assortment of different real people who lived through relationships like this.

See a working web implementation on the right.

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