Let’s all simply come out and admit it: We’re rubbish folks.
Not within the evil sense, after all. However these of us who participate within the digital, vacuous gap referred to as the web can all agree we’re a part of the rubbish dump.
It is onerous to not grow to be rubbish, in some capability, when you contribute to this all-consuming vortex of content, opinions, pointless arguments, anger, etc.
That is principally the idea behind Donut County, a hilarious upcoming physics puzzle sport by Ben Esposito that delights within the eccentric. Deceptively easy, Donut County is all concerning the pleasures of destruction — whereas concurrently tackling severe topics like on-line divisiveness and gentrification.
Taking part in as a garbage-loving raccoon named BK, you reside in a metropolis closely impressed by Los Angeles. BK finds himself working as an intern at a startup that is made a chunk of expertise that sucks folks’s trash down an indestructible gap.
However each BK and this new expertise are inflicting speedy modifications within the neighborhood. As a raccoon, “BK does not see something as essential. He sees all of it as rubbish. The entire world is his rubbish,” Esposito mentioned in an interview just lately.
He will not cease till he is swallowed the entire city. Whether or not it is previous girls, snakes, pots, fences, scooters… every part goes down the outlet and will get trapped in BK’s underground inventory pile of rubbish of spoils known as the “trashipedia.”
“So that you’re being an asshole, but it surely’s enjoyable!” mentioned Esposito. “And each different character on the town is aware of you are an asshole, and is making an attempt to persuade you after each degree that what you are doing is fallacious.”
However a raccoon is gonna raccoon, proper?
Just like the web, Donut County is all about clashes of views.
Just like the web, Donut County is all about clashes of views. As a result of, “while you’re on the web, you are compelled to take care of lots of people whose viewpoint you may’t presumably justify,” even when, “one particular person is often very clearly within the fallacious.”
Equally, you may’t presumably justify your individual actions as BK. However the townspeople must attempt to “assist him unlearn his rubbish perspective” anyway. After each degree and puzzle, you are compelled to reckon with the results of your actions because the folks in your underground bunker attempt to get you to see cause.
And, man, if that is not Twitter in 2017 in a nutshell, I do not know what’s.
A connoisseur of web oddities, Esposito’s first forays into artistic writing started on-line by the fantastic world of bizarre Twitter. Donut County is an extension of the poetic, absurdist humor he mastered there, the place complete worlds of that means are created by unusual setups. And, after all, 140 characters or much less.
“[Weird Twitter] can blow your thoughts as a result of it creates a whole story with a single sentence. And it’s a must to contemplate the very particular perspective and state of affairs it is creating, whereas solely seeing a tiny little bit of it.”
Donut County does precisely that. It takes giant topics — from our lives on-line to actual world gentrification — and distills all of it by the viewpoint of an asshole raccoon.
In the end, whereas Esposito usually describes Donut County as “the sport the place you play as the outlet within the floor,” it is not likely about that. “It is concerning the stuff that will get sucked into the outlet. It is about this place, and the folks compelled to reside collectively and take care of one another.”
Funnily sufficient, regardless of being a weird story a couple of raccoon and a gap, Donut County is extra related at present than ever earlier than. As a result of these days, we’re seeing how on-line worlds and views result in precise political upheaval.
And, as Esposito demonstrates by Donut County, “It takes a whole group of individuals, and all their effort and time to persuade this one man that he was being an asshole.”