#004 – Intimate Codex

Intimate Codex is not so much a game as it is an experiment from the clever mind of Andy Wallace. Although what exactly it’s experimenting with is an interesting question. I’m not sure whether I would consider this poetry, or story telling, or something completely its own. The best description I can come up with is an “interactive concept explorer”.

Loading text provided to it, Intimate Codex displays random segments to you. Type a word within the segment, and you’ll be shown another segment containing the same word. That’s pretty much the whole gist. It’s a simple concept, but it’s interesting to interact with. In a lot of ways it reminds me of listening to a rambling relative tell a story. Often getting sidetracked because they’re reminded of something that reminded them of something. No real narrative emerges as passages jump with complete disregard for any sembelence of sense, but the underlying concepts seem to ebb and flow in a strangely natural way.

Intimate Codex is, as its name suggests, an intimate experience. Certainly not a logical experience, but one that can bring a strange new sense of interest to old texts and stories.

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