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.
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Very Positive (111 reviews) - 90% of the 111 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (3,879 reviews) - 81% of the 3,879 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Aug 10, 2015

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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 ;)

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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!

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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.
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Very Positive (111 reviews)
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TurboBagel
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
Out of the horror games I've played and watched run throughs of, this one kept me awake at night the longest. It's not even scary it's just so...
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telepathテレパシー能力者
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
Used the bathroom and didn't flush
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izPhil
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
A great window into the mind of someone who is in severe mental distress. It's highly disturbing but portrays the content properly to get its point across. No jumpscares. Controls are very simple and unfortunately there's no mouse sensitivity adjustment. It shouldn't be a problem though as aiming isn't very important. Takes 10-20 minutes to complete so anyone can find the time. That said, it's 10-20 minutes that will stay in your memory for a long time. The story is very short but also very shocking so it will last in your mind for a while.
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Nowhere
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
It's a subtle mind game. Think campfire horror story and make it a game.
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Miggetslayer
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
Wake up ,♥♥♥♥ while sitting down ,eat my pet,sext,clean the microwave , let jeff out, 'go to sleep'
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Saucy | kickback.com
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
0 to a man in a cage, real quick.
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Kaix72
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
good game. made me think about life
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jemoigean
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
Got really hocked on from the start. Too bad the game doesn't last more than a few minutes. Really worth playing though.
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Ø
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
If u need some motivational to suicide, try this game

C'mon it's free
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
45 of 47 people (96%) found this review helpful
50 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
So heres my game experience:

1- Launch game
2- Get in grey smoke
3- Wake up
4- Admire the shrimp
5- Take a sh*t
6- Go to fridge to get food
7- It's empty
8- Get mad because I had to eat the shrimp
9- Talk to a pervert
10- Clean the microwave
11- Gave up on the story and explored
12- Got some keys which I didn't use (probably will see what it does after this review)
13- Got scared at a room with the same damn painting
14- Realized that the painting was the game icon and the PC background
15- Walks to the electric stuff
16- Eletrecutes the man in the cage (which I have no idea what that means)
17- Looks at the noose
18- Goes to the bedroom
19- Spends 8 minutes spamming [E] on the bed to try to rest
20- Enters the closet
21- Hangs self
22- Enters more grey smoke
23- Watches the credits questioning myself: "1st: WHAT. 2nd: THE F*CK?!"
24- Closes game
25- Goes to the game's store page
26- Write 28 steps of my game experience
27- Recommends
28- Posts

10/10
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33 of 34 people (97%) found this review helpful
19 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
I like how the game goes from clean the microwave to decide what to do with the man in the cage.
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14 of 18 people (78%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Recommended
24.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
calming ost thats easy to sleep to
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 12
I'm an atheist and this game genuinely had me looking to the Bible for help.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
The gameplay itself was not much but the experience was amazing. The atmosphere was dark and depressing and some of the game was disturbing, which only heightened the creepy atmosphere.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 20
it's brilliant in ways it changes what's going on and raises the disturbance level bit by bit. also the way it makes you do things you don't wanna do at first, but kinda get on with it by the end. would love it if all the smokes were playable. well, love in a completely wrong kinda way.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
kill yourself simulator 2k16 10/10 would kill myself again
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
party friends
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
brief but cool, much like this review
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