A dark/sad/weird/funny first person exploration game. You play a man on his last night alive as he obsesses over a mysterious painting. More of a story game in that it emphasizes mood and character over gameplay. Takes ten minutes to play and has "next-gen" features like a shrimp tank.
User reviews:
Recent:
Mostly Positive (72 reviews) - 70% of the 72 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overall:
Very Positive (4,050 reviews) - 81% of the 4,050 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Aug 10, 2015

Sign in to add this item to your wishlist, follow it, or mark it as not interested

Play the static speaks my name

 

Recent updates View all (4)

April 28

A free one minute game called 'Jump To Win'

My programmer and I took a few days off from making our new game 'Bucket Detective' to make a small, free game called 'Jump To Win'. In the time it'd take you to slowly pour iced coffee over your entire body (1 minute) you can complete the game. Maybe you will like it, maybe you won't.

Download it here: thewhalehusband.itch.io/jump

I'm also accepting 'Jump To Win' haiku submissions and in about a week I'll print them out and burn them as a sacrifice to the dark god of video games. Send your haikus to my twitter (@jessebarksdale) or to thewhalehusband at gmail to be part of the fun ;)

14 comments Read more

April 5

'the static speaks my name' merchandise is now for sale

I've launched a store where you can buy 'the static speaks my name' t-shirts, posters, mugs, and pillows. If this is interesting to you, check it out. If a girl or guy you're crushing on is impressed by the palm tree painting hanging on your wall, i think you've found the one. I also think the mugs are pretty funny and weird and I like imagining people at work sipping coffee from them. You can check out the store here: thewhalehusband.storenvy.com

And if you know someone that would be interested, please share the store with them or hey even buy them something. A 'Today Will Be A Better Day' mug would be a good early valentine's day present, don't you think?

Also I've got a new game, called 'Bucket Detective', coming to Steam in a few months. It's not related to 'the static speaks my name', but is a new story and world. I think it is pretty good, but there's still a lot of work to be done. I will post about it here when it comes out or you can follow me at twitter.com/jessebarksdale for more frequent updates and postings about other games, art, and whatever else.

Take care!

7 comments Read more

Reviews

“...was a total gut punch. I didn't have any words when the experience was over... It's been in my head for days”
Kotaku

“In less than 20 minutes The Static Speaks My Name manages to be dark, sad, funny and disturbing”
Rock, Paper, Shotgun

“A short and unforgettable experience... Full of surprises, great attention to detail and dark humor.”
Alpha, Beta, Gamer

About This Game

A dark/sad/weird/funny first person exploration game. You play a man on his last night alive as he obsesses over a mysterious painting. More of a story game in that it emphasizes mood and character over gameplay. Takes ten minutes to play and has "next-gen" features like a shrimp tank with pet shrimp. Be warned, the game contains explicit handling of suicide.

For people that have played the game elsewhere, this is the original version, not an expansion or HD remake.

Follow me on twitter at @jessebarksdale. I post updates about new things there.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP+
    • Graphics: Graphics card: DX9 (shader model 2.0) capabilities; generally everything made since 2004 should work.
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 66 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Made in Unity 4.6. Should run on most computers purchased within the last six years.
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.7
    • Graphics: Graphics card: DX9 (shader model 2.0) capabilities; generally everything made since 2004 should work.
    • Storage: 72 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Made in Unity 4.6. Should run on most computers purchased within the last six years.
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04+
    • Graphics: Graphics card: DX9 (shader model 2.0) capabilities; generally everything made since 2004 should work.
    • Storage: 71 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Made in Unity 4.6. Should run on most computers purchased within the last six years. I haven't had many Linux users yet, so let me know if it doesn't run. I'll do my best to get it working.
Customer reviews
Customer Review system updated Sept. 2016! Learn more
Recent:
Mostly Positive (72 reviews)
Overall:
Very Positive (4,050 reviews)
Review Type


Purchase Type


Language


Display As:


(what is this?)
3,228 reviews match the filters above ( Very Positive)
Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
reminds me of my crippling depression and loneliness #great
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
Short game about a person obsessed with an island painting. Graphic depiction of suicide. You can eat your babies. I wish those names at the end meant there was more.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
thanks for the tutorial.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
Paranoia, suicide tws. Both for the game and my review. Good lil' dark nugget of a game. Some folks with psychotic disorders might be unsettled by this, or be sensitive or angered by stereotype in places and in others be sympathetic to the protag, idk. I have a psychology background and a non-specific psychotic disorder (and OCD and some other junk as well) and some of the painting stuff worried me for a moment like I might get an idea I can't unthink that would irritate me on bad days, but I'm in a pretty stable mood and also it didn't go into great detail about his delusions. The humor is pitch black. I guess this counts as a spoiler warning cause of how short the game is, but when I walked into the laundry room and there is a noose just laying on the dryer I had one of those "yep, life is surreal" moments; there is just a noose casually laying on the dryer like a piece of laundry. I have been suicidal enough in my life that seeing that kinda evoked some of those type of the-end-is-near-and-I-am-marveling-at-the-fact-it-is feels, as caused other parts of the game for me also, ///which is why I am giving a warning to folks that don't handle that well///. I myself do not mind that feeling especially since I am not currently suicidal. BONUS, I had a special experience playing this because I got /physically sick/ in the wee little window of time it took to go though this game, and at first I didn't know why I was feeling ill and thought it might have been related to the music which has an /uncomfortable tone/ to it. I think that might have /amplified/ the nausea but I am blaming the root of it on spoiled jelly or salad. The part with the shrimp tank, in combination with the shrimp picture on the wall, caused several types of feels which I'll leave you to experience yourselves. And looking at his apartment, he's got a different flavor of paranoia and psychosis than I have and he's got /way less clarity about it/, but I sympathized that it has consumed his life. And while in the bathroom tossing up my dinner, I looked around my own place, mostly at the stuff the obsessive compulsive disorder in particular has caused (which is a separate sort of illness than paranoia and psychotic disorders) and said out loud "yep, I am a crazy person" which is a common occurrence when I actually look at this ♥♥♥♥ without then currently being absorbed in it (and with ocd you tend to know its irrational but still are irritated to all crap even knowing its such). Anyway, I feel like the protag in the game needed some sort of help and medication to give him some grounding because /he was in deep./ Which is why I'm giving a tw to other folks with psychotic disorders because if you haven't ever been such that your clarity and understanding of reality were impaired to the point you were enveloped in a terrible delusion, this game might not affect you the same way. The protag seems not to be good at expressing himself which I think is sad because if he could he might not have gotten to the point he is because he might have found help from people online. More spoiler warning to the end of the review: The only part that "bothers" me, and it doesn't bother me in the sense it disturbs me, is the part about the guy in the cage, as it lends to the idea that folks with psychotic disorders or paranoia are dangerous. Horror that includes mental illness /does that a lot/. So this type of illness gets over-represented as extreme and dangerous. And while I enjoy that because my sense of humor is cracked, because I have an abnormal relationship to this stuff, and idk its enjoyable for reasons I don’t know and that’s why its put into fiction a lot - I know more about the /reality/ of these kinds of things than most folks and can separate sensational fiction from the actual experiences of myself and my mentally ill friends. In general, folks without psychology backgrounds and mental illnesses of their own are far less aware about the stigma reinforced by "dangerous mentally ill" characters. Most folks with psychotic disorders and other mental illnesses are harmless, except for the misery their condition causes /themselves/ and the emotional hardship it causes families (not the sick persons fault, but an effect), both things that can usually be improved with help or change of environment. But /this is an illness/ and medication and therapy only do so much. Such illnesses are diverse, and the extremes are put into entertainment, or stuff is just plain made up with little knowledge of the real disorders. That said the way /most/ of this story went felt believable in a somewhat common but advanced case of some kind of paranoid psychotic disorder, and the part about the cage in a very rare and extreme case, but that part is best read as /fiction/. The extreme bit gave me a lot of questions about how he got a hold of the guy. Also be sure to check the front of the fridge. I think the shortness of the game and well placed details cause someone to figure out a lot more of the story than is stated outright, and that's good writing.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 14
This game lacked any real meaningful choices, it was on rails with only 1-2 "choices" that didn't change the outcome of the game. This is as much a game as Candyland (which is not a game but an activity) games require meaningful outcomes that are influenced by the player. This was a guided tour of a story and not a game.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 21
That was fantastic. Try it out, it's free and takes ten minutes :) Thanks to the developers for making something special!
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 21
A SAD YET WELL DONE GAME
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
I don't get it. I get that it's supposed to be a short story of sorts about a dude who's a paranoid shut-in that wants to off himself, but it's so incredibly short that unless you poke through every inch of his place, you don't learn enough about him to care. Even if you DO decide to poke around, you don't find much. It would be an interesting concept if it was fleshed out more, but as it stands, it feels more like a demo than a game.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 1
A short but sweet little exploration game that borders on bizarre, dark, and madness.
Great simple style and a lot of depth into the world for a 10 minute game.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
player discretion advised
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
Recently Posted
Rainbow Icee
0.2 hrs
Posted: September 30
too sad for me
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Ridoraun
0.4 hrs
Posted: September 30
Creepy and weird.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Cheez Grater
1.2 hrs
Posted: September 28
Such a strange, disturbing game with a lot of potential. You play as a guy about to commit suicide. Look for the hidden room.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
MythicXShadow
0.2 hrs
Posted: September 25
I hope they add more to this game. it was so good, i just want to learn the storys of the others
Helpful? Yes No Funny
✪ Walrus
0.2 hrs
Posted: September 24
Ok then
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Dunk Johnson
0.1 hrs
Posted: September 24
I feel broken every time I recommend this game to a friend but 10/10
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Evity
0.2 hrs
Posted: September 23
+1
Helpful? Yes No Funny