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Poesysteme

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It's The Sims meets magnetic refrigerator poetry! In this quirky IGF 2008 finalist, you begin with a blank world -- a deserted window of whiteness -- then right click anywhere to conjure a dialogue menu that lets you add single words or "genetically spliced" combos with periods. You then have to feed and care for your roaming lexical creations with food and companions. Feed them vegetation composed of apostrophes, slashes, carets, and asterisks and they'll mate, giving birth to neologisms that'll boggle the trendiest dictionary.

Words can become friends, lovers, enemies, even spawn entire families as you add food units and shepherd breeding practices by introducing impassable obstacles. Or you can always let your words starve and watch as they cannibalize each other (it's up to you). At some point, you'll want to save your progress and read your entire poesysteme in full, preferably out loud and in the company of others.

--Matt Peckham

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At a Glance
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