Cammina in bilico sulla corda sottile che divide speranza e disperazione in Actual Sunlight. Una breve storia interattiva sull'amore, la depressione e le corporation.
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"Showed at PAX East 2014 - This is one of the most powerful interactive stories concerning mental illness available. Excellent narrative design."
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“The Biggest Challenge In This Game Is Preventing Your Character From Committing Suicide”

“Actual Sunlight Is The Hardest Hitting Game About Depression I’ve Ever Played”

“Actual Sunlight is a brutal depiction of a man’s life self-destructing, and it’s a game whose central character can only find hope in his own death.”
Rock, Paper, Shotgun

Riguardo questo gioco

"So cos'è che pensi: Perché continuare ad alzarsi, giorno dopo giorno, anche se la tua vita non sta andando da nessuna parte?"

Famoso: Considerato da molti come una delle storie più tristi e meglio scritte della scena gaming indipendente, Actual Sunlight ti sfida a confrontarti con la vita di Evan Winter, un giovane professionista sovrappeso, solo e gravemente depresso.

Da leggere: Presentato quasi interamente sotto forma testuale, un misto di osservazioni acute e humor nero catturerà la tua attenzione dall'inizio stimolante fino alla sua traumatica conclusione.

Preparati: Actual Sunlight è un tipo di avvventura unica nel suo genere che ti rimarrà per sempre impressa come una delle esperienze più difficili, ossessionanti e meravigliose che tu abbia mai vissuto come videogiocatore.

Caratteristiche principali

  • Una storia intensa e straziante che incorpora i temi della dipendenza da videogiochi, del lavoro insoddisfacente e della solitudine più miserevole
  • Una splendida grafica originale in pixel art e CG evoca le strade, gli uffici e le abitazioni di Toronto.
  • Una colonna sonora originale cupa e triste dona il tono adeguato a descrivere l'orrore psicologico della vita reale.

Avviso Importante

A causa del linguaggio esplicito utilizzato, Actual Sunlight non è adatto ai giocatori minori di 18 anni.

Inoltre, affronta temi estremamente maturi, tra cui depressione e pensieri suicidi. Analogamente ad altre forme d'arte che trattano di questi argomenti, Actual Sunlight può essere un'esperienza estremamente potente. Prima di scaricarlo, siete invitati a provare a pensare a quale potrebbe essere la vostra reazione a un libro, un film o una composizione musicale dello stesso tono.

Per ricevere gli ultimi aggiornamenti sul gioco, segui Will O'Neill su Twitter:

Requisiti di sistema

    • OS: Windows 98, XP, Vista, 7
    • Processor: Intel Pentium III 800 MHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 1024x768 High Color +
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB available space
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1 persone su 1 (100%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
1.2 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 29 dicembre 2014
A painfully strong experience. It's especially brutal on the emotional side if you ever dealt with depression. Definitely a thought provoking work, should be played at least once by anyone who does not believe himself to be emotionally shallow.
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57 persone su 65 (88%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
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1.4 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 10 dicembre 2014
Actual Sunlight is an indie title about depression.

This game contains strong triggers towards thoughts and feelings such as suicide and depression. Please make sure you are in a strong mental well-being before playing this game. I have listed all the suicide hotlines that I know of, they are available below.

You will probably never play a game quite like Actual Sunlight.

The story follows a man named Evan Winter, who is struggling with depression. Straight away you sense that he has lost nearly all hope, and is only hanging on because he hopes it will pass.

Evan’s problems are taking their toll. He works for a company he doesn’t respect, with many employees he doesn’t respect, he is overweight and wants to try and change that, but work is dragging him down. He keeps spending money on video-games when he thinks he is wasting his life. Everything in his life seems to have a problem with it, which leaves him with such a depressed mind that no matter how hard he tries to be optimistic, everything seems to be overwhelming to the point where he can’t see past the bad.

Evan has been given advice from people on how to live his life. About how he should “lighten up,” or how he should look at the world. Things that many depressed people have been told. But it isn’t helping them, because it is a mental issue, so merely changing your perspective on something won’t help because the thing you need to change isn’t an easy issue to fix. Evan will laugh it off or make self-deprecating jokes, or merely try to deny it. But underneath is that little bit of honesty that they really hope you hear, because they are too scared to say it directly.

Actual Sunlight was made with RPGMaker by one man, Will O’Neill. But behind it’s simple graphics is an incredibly powerful story.

This “game” is brutally honest with it’s writing, it’s like being in the head-space of someone or reading their diary, it is SO incredibly personal. But I do think it contains a story that needs to be played by people to truly understand what it is like, at least to the best possible ability. It isn’t a game I would recommend to someone going through depression unless they feel they can 100% handle it. But I do think anyone with a family member, friend or colleague that might have depression, should play this game, so they can truly understand their loved one.

This game isn’t one I can score, because it would be like trying to score someone’s life, someone’s thoughts, someone’s journey, it would almost invalidate everything I have said. But if you have a loved one suffering through depression, take the hour and a half to finish this game and try to understand what they must be going through. It’s a rough journey, but you should be by their side to the best of your ability.

If you need help, please talk to someone or contact your country’s suicide hotline below.


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Disclaimer: This review was written gradually over 6 or so months, if others have voiced their opinions that have been voiced similar to mine over that time that is by coincidence.
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26 persone su 28 (93%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
1 persona ha trovato questa recensione divertente
1.3 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 16 dicembre 2014
I look at Evan Winter, the main character of Actual Sunlight, and that Evan Winter is distinctively me.

Well, not exactly me. I'm not in my late 20s/early 30s. I'm not working a job I neither love nor care for. I'm a college kid from China studing economics here in the States. Oh, and I do cook pretty well, and my obsession with precisely following Ikea's assembly instructions proved to be a bit overwhelming to the few friends I have.

Other than that, it's pretty close. I'm in an alien country, spending money I don't have learning stuff I neither love nor am good at, getting by with passing grades, lying to my parents that everything's fine so they wouldn't completely lose faith in me and their decision of funding my study, and of course, escaping into videogames. I live with four roommates under the same roof who each lives their own lives and barely social at all. I've no idea if I would ever find a job, or even complete this degree. I've gained 40 pounds since I came here, and the mirror image of Evan is not far from myself. Hell, I even have a similar "relationship" like Evan and Tori with my ex, my first date, who I broke up with 4 years ago. And for the past four years, I've been living with my broken promise, which I never told her, that I would make a man out of myself one day and finally face her with confidence, along with dozens of other promises I could not keep.

I've seen my university's counseling service precisely once.

I'm pretty sure I just failed a class I have to pass in order to proceed to a dozen of courses to complete my degree.

I've been keeping a sharp-tipped fruit knife within my arm's reach for the past three days.

I woke up early this morning after 5 hours of medically-enhanced sleep, and I run into Kotaku UK's article "How Video Games Can Help With Depression", in which Actual Sunlight was mentioned. I found a let's-play on YouTube, and two minutes into it, I knew this is a game I need right ♥♥♥♥ing now. Only $5. It's not like I haven't been wasting hundreds of dollars on games already.

Playing through the game took me 1.5 hours. It was 1.5 hours of storming emotions, mixed with pre-coffee, early-morning drowsiness. I completely understood every single word, and every single pulse behind those words. It is the life I've been living for the past four years.

And it feels good to know there're people out there. People out there who really understands.

And, although the game's ending *minor spoiler* is not exactly happy, I feel strangely motivated. It pinned down every negative emotion that's been bombarding me constantly, like scalpels cutting around a gulping tumor, summarizing everything I want to be rid of.

But mostly, it's just nice to know that there're people out there who understands.

And, coming back to it, it wets my eyes that the author put down that one line:

"Don't you ♥♥♥♥ing dare."

So I won't. I'm gonna put up one more fight. I've made choices and I had my consequences, but there's still chance. I'm still depressed, but now I actually feel that I'm not alone, and there are those out there who are still putting up there own fights, and there's no excuses for me to give up my own.


I know this is not technically a review, but I'd say this reviews the game better than any actual review and accurately reflects what the player is signing up for.

BTW, I just realized that I unintentionally threw that knife away along with a bunch of litter in a cake box.
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5 persone su 6 (83%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
1.4 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 17 dicembre 2014
Last night I had a dream of romantic spontaneity; of sudden, burning passion, of boundless joy, of the stars aligning and everything I could possibly want -- or at the very least, what I think I want, or maybe what I wanted so badly at one point in time -- simply, inexplicably coming into being. A perfect life made manifest. No inhibition. No limitation. And everything was perfect, or at least the illusion of perfection that people like to cling to, and everything was pure.

And then I woke up before the dream ended because some part of the real me broke down the barriers of that fantasy. And why?

Because there's no way I could be that spontaneous. Because I can't function without my meds. Because I "inherited" this or that from my mom and this or that from my dad and because, unless I lose myself completely, unless I find something that I haven't found yet, I either feel the weight of my existence or its alarming weightlessness, and it's too much either way. Because each and every time I step outside my door I'm crushed by my own thoughts, and suddenly each and every crippling, clawing, gnashing insecurity, doubt, and weakness feels so naked and bare to the world at large that I can only really function if I shut myself off.

But then I feel like I'm not doing it right. Like I'm presenting the world with an image of myself that's not the real me. Like I'm somehow disappointing everyone by not smiling at strangers or not talking enough or not being friendly enough or not giving off the right "vibe" or not keeping in touch with people or really making much of an effort to establish much of anything outside of myself whatsoever.

I tell myself, always, that I need to fix this. That this pill or that pill will make it work. That it will get better. And sometimes it feels like it does, if only for a moment, but it's fleeting.

So I woke up this morning and stared mindlessly at my phone for a few minutes -- found some asinine sense of relief and validation that my latest overfiltered, over hashtagged photo on instagram had gotten more likes from beautiful strangers who may as well not even exist, which makes me feel hopeful if only for a moment because I can't stand the thought of being looked at or scrutinized in "real" life -- and carelessly tossed my phone back to the side. 4 hours of precious sleep, and I knew I wasn't going to get any more, so I woke up and took all my medicine just like I do every single morning so that I don't end up just lying in bed for hours.

Then I sat down at my computer in the dark to play some video game because I knew I needed to distance myself from reality just as I do each and every morning. Opened up my Steam library, stared at 'Actual Sunlight', one of the many games I bought at one point and never got around to playing, and thought to myself...why not?

The hour and a half spent completing this game was like staring into a virtual abyss that encapsulated so many of my own fears. So many of my own doubts, regrets -- regrets I'm too young to have but regrets that are nonetheless very real -- insecurities, and feelings of hopelessness all made poignant and raw and brutally honest.

But within the sadness of this experience lies a deep and profound beauty.

It's so easy to feel alone. It's so, so easy. And no matter how many times or in how many ways you're told that you're not, you still feel alone. Because when it's made so simple, so black and white, it's supposed to seem so easy and the future is made to seem so bright, and maybe other people can switch themselves on and off like that...but when your friend tells you to "have more confidence" you want to make them understand that it just doesn't work that way and when your family is proud of you for a moment that sliver of time seems ultimately fleeting and impermenant in the face of every pain and sadness you feel and when your psychiatrist tells you that you should accept that someone out there wants you and even when you feel wanted everything about everything just seems so hard, so pointless, so false and you end up just watching life pass you by.

For the first time in a long time, this game made me feel like I wasn't alone.

I sat here writing this for the last half hour not knowing who, if anyone, will take the time to read this sprawling mess of words or ultimately even care. But just knowing that a game like this exists is enough. Because all these feelings of hurt and every quiet lament is a testament to the experience of a life that is beautiful even in its darkest moments.

Whether that life is mine...or yours.
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4 persone su 5 (80%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
1 persona ha trovato questa recensione divertente
4.5 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 2 gennaio
An interesting perspective on depression, one of few games that feel like you're totally inhabiting another person's mind and thoughts
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2 persone su 2 (100%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
0.9 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 5 marzo
This game shows people who cannot understand a mental illness in friends and family. It gives good insight to what its like to be depressed. This is mostly a text based game, though there is little interactions through out. I enjoyed playing and reading along. Worth the buy, I only wish i could of helped evan.
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1 persone su 1 (100%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
1.0 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 26 dicembre 2014
A powerful and moving experience. Very bleak.
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2 persone su 3 (67%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
1.1 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 1 dicembre 2014
This game was painfully realistic and a bit difficult to get through. Not because of poor gameplay or plot, but because of the content. Actual Sunlight is about dealing with depression in a very realistic manner. Things are not sugarcoated or made to be politically correct. The protagonist isn't someone to sympathise with easily, but at the same time, you, the player, do feel and understand where he is coming from. The gameplay isn't very difficult as it is mostly clicking and interacting with the items in our protagonist's daily life, and noting his comments regarding such things. So in a sense, I suppose this will fall under the category of an interactive story. In short, this is an excellent game which tackles a very difficult subject.
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2 persone su 3 (67%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
2.2 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 2 gennaio
There's not much to Actual Sunlight. You can't win. You can't lose. All you really do is walk around and examine things or talk to people in an extremely linear fashion. But following along this haunting story of Evan Winter is one you won't soon forget.
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2 persone su 3 (67%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
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1.4 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 13 maggio
/b/ ♥♥♥♥♥ in a nutshell.
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3 persone su 5 (60%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
1.7 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 13 gennaio
I would not recommend it, though Im not saying that this is not a good game.
Let me explain.
I feel like the developers of this game want you to feel what he felt. To realise what he has been through.
I have been in a depression for 2 years, and did recognize a lot.
Though, the game didnt get me. I didnt feel any sadness, depression afterwards. While I feel like that was their goal.
I expected a lot of this game too, which is of course stupid for only 5 euros.
I would indeed recommend it, but make sure you are not sensitive for suicidal thoughts etc.
It is still a good game, and a nice storyline. The storyline just goes too fast, you dont get attached to the main character, which is a must in these games. You dont get to see his good side, which he has.
It's a good game. But not for me.
This game does include suicidal thoughts, it's a psychological experience, and you have to be strong, without getting tackeled down by this game.
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1 persone su 2 (50%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
1.2 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 16 dicembre 2014
Minimal interactivity and plays in about an hour. Don't buy if you're concerned about how "game"-y this is. As the game itself says, "This is not a game, it's a portrait." It's a short story with some RPGMaker connective tissue.

That said, I found the writing to be incredibly powerful. It resonates with me, and I appreciate it.
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5 persone su 5 (100%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
1.5 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 13 aprile 2014
Purtroppo non posso scrivere molto... se lo facessi finirei per svelarvi ciò che invece dovreste scoprire da soli.
Actual Sunlight non è un gioco.
Actual Sunlight è un libro.
L'esperienza che offre è più o meno questa; è come guardare un film, è come leggere un libro: noi non interagiamo nel mondo del libro, non possiamo parlare con i personaggi di un film. Comprendiamo, ci immedesimiamo, ma non possiamo che subire gli avvenimenti che l'autore ci propone.
Actual Sunlight offre questo: siamo artefici dei movimenti del nostro protagonista, ma non ne dettiamo il destino. Comandiamo i movimenti di Evan Winter, ma è la sua storia, è lui a "parlarci", a farci leggere cosa pensa e cosa ha scritto, a farci sapere cosa sente.

Quindi Actual Sunlight è più simile a un blog. È una raccolta di testi, intervallatati da nostre azioni che in realtà servono come pretesto per poter leggere altri scritti di Evan.
Attraverso i suoi articoli, le sue fantasie, i suoi dialoghi immaginari, i suoi "trascritti del paziente" capiamo chi è, che cosa pensa e che mondo vive.

Aspettatevi questo da Actual Sunlight: non è simile a nessun videogioco, perché non è un videogioco. È una storia raccontata attraverso parole scritte.
Molto ben scritte, sia chiaro. La traduzione italiana è magistrale.

Per via del contenuto emotivo e del tema delicato che affronta, debbo necessariamente dire che non è per tutti. Ci vuole una certa sensibilità, ci vuole pazienza, ci vuole tempo per interpretare ogni frase profonda e intrisa di significato che leggiamo.

Giocare a questo gioco (che, come ho detto, gioco non è) significa entrare dentro una storia, entrare in un personaggio, entrare in un dramma.
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2 persone su 3 (67%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
1.8 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 5 maggio 2014
Sono certo che molti bolleranno Actual Sunlight come l’ennesimo gioco senza gameplay: pretenzioso, non meritevole neanche dello stesso appellativo di videogioco, ma io vi invito comunque a dargli una possibilità o, perlomeno, a leggere questa recensione per poterne raccogliere alcune provocazioni e magari porvi alcune domande sul nostro medium preferito. Perché è inutile girarci intorno: questo piccolo lavoro sperimentale di Will O’Neill è, più che un gioco, una piccola storia interattiva dalla durata di circa un’ora. Se a questo aggiungiamo anche alcuni problemi formali, da parte di chi vi scrive, creiamo un bel pasticcio in cui diviene difficile scrivere una recensione. Actual Sunlight mette il recensore di fronte all’inadeguatezza dei normali strumenti estetici della critica videoludica

Leggi la recensione completa su TheShelterNetwork:
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84 persone su 93 (90%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
4.0 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 3 aprile 2014
For anyone who has ever suffered through the many stages of depression or felt like the world was crumbling around them while you just sat there and watched. This is the game for you. It's also for the people that have friends going through this.
The game is very text heavy, there is no gameplay as such. It's more an interactive story on social commentary, past events and life as some people know it. It's a work of art. And no, not that 'Dear Esther' kind of art.

It will be different things for different people, but if you relate at all to the subjects this game covers you can expect it to deliver in spades.

Thank you so much for sharing Will O'Neill. :)
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75 persone su 83 (90%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
6.8 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 17 aprile 2014
As a person that suffers greatly from depression, this game was highly relatable. Feeling like no one understands you or bothers to even care about your issues. Kind of having deep conversations with yourself, and fighting with yourself. Depression is terrible and I wouldn't wish that on to see this kind of scenario actually laid before me in such a well written manner was refreshing..but also saddening. Although I wouldn't handle most of my situations like the main character did, I could still empathize and actually feel care towards the character. In my opinion this game is something everyone should play and give a thought to..even if its only just once. There's a bunch of reading..well its basically an "interactive story", but it was well worth the read.The author makes valid points towards the current state of society, how we treat our fellow man, and things that most people wouldn't publicly say. I honestly hope whoever reads this will pick this game up and see for themselves.

"Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem." Right..?
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56 persone su 62 (90%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
1.9 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 9 aprile 2014
Depression can be incredibly destructive. Some of you know really well how it makes everything worse. You don't enjoy things you liked. You don't want to do anything, it doesn't make any sense to you. In some cases you want to die to run away from your depression.

This game... or an interactive story... is about this.

Don't go to the roof. Life is cool.
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39 persone su 45 (87%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
1.2 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 3 aprile 2014
First of all, this is a mature game. I don't mean mature as too much violence mature. Actual Sunlight tackles a very tough subject. Depression. If you are depressed, don't play this, because it will get you even more depressed. Even if you're not depressed, this game will very likely make you sad if you pay attention to its story.

My hours played do not seem like much here, but I bought this game before it's steam release and played it through, and it was amazing.

Actual Sunlight is probably the most accurate depiction of depression in a game to date. It can hardly be defined as a game, really. It is more of an interactive story. Don't let that stop you though, if you're not depressed, you'd be doing yourself a favour by buying it. I can't go into a too in depth review without giving to much away, but it is about a young man named Evan Winters who is suffering from depression. I believe that a lot of people can relate to what he's going through, even if not depressed.

The game was made with RPG maker, so expect the graphics you see in the screenshots. If you don't like reading too much, you may not want to buy it, but that would be a mistake.

At this price, this is a story worth reading and seeing.

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33 persone su 37 (89%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
1.6 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 3 aprile 2014
An honest, heartfelt, and visceral depiction of what it can be like to be depressed, and how self-perpetuating and destructive it can be. Highly recommended.
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46 persone su 60 (77%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
2.3 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 9 novembre 2014
It's hard to say a straight forward Yes or No when it comes to Actual Sunlight and reccomending it to other people.

For those that suffer from depression, I can see this game reflecting what they might be thinking and feeling in their darkest moments. There's a raw reality, sadly, in the unavoidable conclusion of this game. Some might appreciate this, but this is definitely a marmite scenario because I'm not sure if you should play this game when you are depressed or at a very low point. Reaffirming what your most negative thoughts are about yourself, does not seem like a wise thing to do and this game does not offer much hope, just affirmation.

The game itself in terms of mechanics is more of an interactive story, whereby you have little sway on the outcome. It's a basic style, done in RPGMaker and the creator has put effort in where he can with little touches and the dialogue. That said this game is dialogue heavy. The narration screen which projects the thoughts of the lead character is what you'll see more than the environment.

This is not a bad game, it's simple, it comes from a powerful and real place, but I think that I would not reccommend it, based on my own conflicts with being stuck in depressive ruts. That's not to say it's awful at all.

I wrote a piece about how it's ok to not play depression based games, when you are depressed or going through stages of depression, which might explain my personal thoughts (though I could say much more).
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