The field of electronic entertainment didn't use to have nearly as many of the lush, well-developed stories that it does today. You couldn't really tell much of a story when the highest graphic capabilities of your machines were little more than blocky lines on a screen. In the late 1980s, Western developers like Sierra and Telltale began to discover ways to actually put the player into a story that made them an active part of it. Monkey Island, Out of This World and others pioneered the "baby boom" of PC adventure games in the '80s and '90s. Meanwhile, in Japan, some smaller developers were coming up with ideas on how to further develop the realm of interactive storytelling. And, in the late '90s, the visual novel was born. Visual novels gave sort of a middle ground between adventure games and books. For the most part, the player is merely a spectator, but the story might occasionally provide you with a branch of choices that can ultimately have a large impact on the way it plays out. In 2010, an independent developer named Christine Love took elements from both Eastern and Western adventure games when she made Digital: A Love Story, a tale of romance told through a 1980s bulletin board system. About a month ago, she released don't take it personally, babe, it just ain't your story, taking the themes of sexuality and technology's role in our lives and giving them a whole new spin.
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on her blog), the required "12chan" checking at the end of each day, and an ending that felt rushed and forced, but I can most certainly look past those, as Love has done an incredible job at exploring the controversial topics of sexuality and privacy in a way that will leave many players questioning DTIP's themes long after they've finished reading.
VERDICT: While I wouldn't say don't take it personally, babe is quite as innovative or interesting as Digital: A Love Story, it's still a well-written, powerful teen drama that deserves to be read through at least once. There are some parts that are a bit awkwardly written, but overall, it's more than worth your time to download.