Bientôt l’été is a videogame for two players. Two players who pretend to be lovers. They pretend to be lovers separated from each other by lightyears of deep space. They have lonely walks along the shore of a simulated ocean, thinking wistful thoughts of each other. Thoughts from ancient Earth literature by Marguerite Duras.
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22. října 2015

Help us build a cathedral!

Our first "post-game" art project is in need of your support to get started.

Please have a look at
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and back the creation if you like what you see.

And please spread the word so everyone who likes this sort of thing will have a chance to get it, even if it's not your cup of tea.


Thank you!

—Michaël & Auriea.

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Recenze

Fast company - "Bientôt l’Été resonates like an accomplished painting or a good piece of music."

The Verge - "Finally, a video game as artistic and hard to understand as French films."

Akimbo - "I was at times elated by the beauty of the sentiments expressed and, at other times, surprised by how dark it could feel."

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Bientôt l’été is a videogame for two players. Two players who pretend to be lovers. They pretend to be lovers separated from each other by lightyears of deep space. They have lonely walks along the shore of a simulated ocean, thinking wistful thoughts of each other. Thoughts from ancient Earth literature by Marguerite Duras.


The empty beach, the strong wind, the gentle music and a small colony of electric seagulls are their only companions. Yet their heart is full and their mind confused. Walk along the shore, until they meet the emptiness.


When it all becomes too much, they run towards each other. Enabled by intergalactic networks, they touch each other’s holographic bodies in cyberspace. A surreal game of chess becomes the apparatus through which they, man and woman, can talk. The words they have were given to them, as they have always been to lovers everywhere.


The sea remains, tugging at their hearts when not at their hairs and clothes, as it itself is tugged by the virtual moon. And as great as the desire for the other may be, they cannot stay away from the wind and the waves and the sand. Every time they find a new treasure. An abandoned tennis field. An heap of coal. A dead dog. Ordinary. Absurd. Meaningless. Yet comforting.


Enter a café, exit a villa, enter a casino, exit the ruin of an ancient colonial mansion. We know this is not real. So it doesn’t surprise us. Nothing surprises us. It doesn’t matter when you feel the pain of love. Of being in love, of falling in love, of leaving in love. There is no such thing as time. There is only love. And it never stops. No matter how much it hurts.

Systémové požadavky

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS:XP
    • Processor:2 Ghz
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Geforce 7600, Radeon X1600
    • Hard Drive:500 MB HD space
    Recommended:
    • OS:7
    • Processor:3 Ghz
    • Memory:3 GB RAM
    Minimum:
    • OS:10.6.8
    • Processor:2 Ghz
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Geforce 7600, Radeon X1600
    • Hard Drive:500 MB HD space
    Recommended:
    • OS:10.6.8
    • Processor:3 Ghz
    • Memory:3 GB RAM
Užitečné recenze od zákazníků
9 z 13 osob (69%) ohodnotilo tuto recenzi jako užitečnou
2 osob ohodnotilo tuto recenzi jako vtipnou
0.1 hodin celkem
Přidáno: 4. října 2015
Looks like I can't review this really, since it's to be played with someone else but goooood luck connecting to anyone :\

So what's in there once you start the game? You walk your male or female avatar on a beach. Turn around, there's a house of sorts, which will change in appearance when you enter and come out. Inside, you can sit at a chess table, drink wine and smoke, place chess pieces on the board.. with a partner in front of you (most likely an AI since noone is ever around for real) doing the same.

You go back out.. from time to time there will be random things on the beach.. like a huge pile of coal.. a wheat field.. dead seagulls.. which you briefly watch and then 'collect' the memory of (which just means it disappears and your avatar bends down like picking up a pebble, there's no inventory or anything..). Going in each direction for a little while you realize the space is rather limited, but feels bigger since it's sooo empty.

And that's pretty much it.

What is it trying to say ? No clue.
What would be different if someone else was there for real ? No clue.
Is there any point to it ? No clue.
Is there more to be seen or experienced if you stick to it ? No clue. Was too bored to find out.
Does understanding French help at all? Absolutely not - native speaker here.

I did like the nighttime sky effects (time goes by when you close your eyes). That was about it.

So I really can't recommend it. Unless you're the type to go stare at a single blotch of paint on a white canvas at a museum and go "ooooooh, that's deep".
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10 z 15 osob (67%) ohodnotilo tuto recenzi jako užitečnou
0.4 hodin celkem
Přidáno: 19. srpna 2015
Honestly I'm mixed about this. I think its very cool and experimental for that hipster side of me that wants games to be something more than what they are in appearance, something deeper but I think this is a little too abstract. Its... different.

I don't know what this is. I'm not sure its supposed to be.. well, anything. Its just a thing. You can engage with it I suppose. You're just supposed to explore it seems.

The game gives you some hints on controls and guides you in a subjectively meaningful way IF you close your eyes. You'll figure it out. This is definetly one of those experimental games or... interactive art? I guess. Sticky subject regarding words these days.

I'll leave you with some thoughts I had while playing. Possible interpretations. An elaborate ruse to obfuscate that in life when you close your eyes you can move faster but we are still trapped?

My favorite thought I had however was a French sentient robot stuck in their own programming in love with itself as two separate beings.

This is definitely one to ponder about. If you're one of those so called “intellectuals” Otherwise, you just walk real slowly on a beach for awhile.
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1 z 1 osob (100%) ohodnotilo tuto recenzi jako užitečnou
0.3 hodin celkem
Přidáno: 26. dubna 2014
Hned na začátku hry je uvedeno, že nemá žádný cíl, což by vás mělo odradit. Mě to neodradilo. Neuvěřitelně pomalu chodíte s trhaně se pohybující postavou přesvětleným ("umělecky stvárněným") prostředím. Problém hry je, že nevíte o čem je a ani to vědět nechcete, protože vás to vůbec nebaví. Téma je takové holčičí, takže mužskou část populace to přestane bavit už po minutě. Mě to vydrželo tak na pět. Koho láká si to koupit, prohlédněte si obrázky a video a nekupujte si to. Ve hře nic víc už neuvidíte. Jako experiment a volně dostupné fajn. Jako hra na Steamu za 10E to nemá co dělat!
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135 z 147 osob (92%) ohodnotilo tuto recenzi jako užitečnou
0.3 hodin celkem
Přidáno: 25. listopadu 2013
Before noting that I said I do not recommend this, please understand that it's not bad.
With this confusing statement out of the way, let's get started. Bientôt l'été isn't a game. It's an artistic piece, and this needs to be understood. From what I could gather, the goal of it was to demonstrate how people can communicate, even if limited by language, actions, or possible phrases (as seen by the chess board in-game). However, this requires that someone somewhere is playing at the same time you are, unless you want to talk to an AI. It's a beautiful experience when it works well, but this is so rare I can't recommend a purchase at any time other than during a sale. Due to the game's artistic goal and nature, it was heavily slammed upon release, driving away potential players. Without a community waiting for another person to chat with, more people slammed the game for not having a community. This is Bientôt l'été's biggest problem, without players it simply cannot achieve the desired effect.
For this reason I suggest buying this when it's on sale. More players are likely to be experimenting with it at the same time as you, and you're more likely to see the beauty of limited conversation with a complete stranger.
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33 z 38 osob (87%) ohodnotilo tuto recenzi jako užitečnou
2 osob ohodnotilo tuto recenzi jako vtipnou
0.5 hodin celkem
Přidáno: 16. ledna 2014
Before you, I never knew anguish. I tried to Imagine myself without you.

This game is about walking on the beach. And drinking wine. And smoking cigarrettes. And conversations that are incredibly fatalistic.

I liked the feeling I had after I played this game, but I cannot recommend it. I feel like it's more like a prototype for a mini-game. Kind of like a dream sequence or something, that keeps you from getting bored with the actual game, except there is no actual game. Just uselessness coupled with self-hate. C'est la vie.
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