You are SpamZapper 3.1 is a new Twine game I worked on from late April until this week. Play as a spam-blocking mail application plugin in 2000, and slowly uncover secrets about your user’s friends while having a massive mental health crisis. There are some puzzles later on, but I designed them to be as trivial and brute-forceable as possible for narrative reasons.
Painfully obvious inspirations were 3 in Three, Digital: A Love Story and Secret Little Haven. However, unlike the latter two, I tried to write this in a very “anti-nostalgic” style, where I reference pop culture and “retro” aesthetics as little as possible. It’s not a fond memory, it’s just the past.
I did this mainly as an experiment in seeing once and for all whether I really did enjoy fiction writing or not, after a few decades of considering myself a “creative person”. I’m afraid to report my results from this were “it’s complicated”. I do like this story, but it’s not something I’d consider a window into my soul, so to speak.