Bla Bla


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TrinnBlaBla When the arts meet modern technology, the results can get a little blurry between "game" or "experience". Is it any less a work of art because you can interact with it? Is it any less a game because there is no real goal? The answers to these questions are open to personal interpretation and Bla Bla, "a film for computer by Vincent Morisset," is all about personal interpretation.

The multiple chapters of Bla Bla could be labeled as many things, but it is probably best categorized as a webtoy. Bla Bla consists of six interactive scenes that encourage you to explore what can be seen, heard, and clicked until time runs out. Most of these scenes center around one character and the range of his emotions, reactions, and communications with the surreal world around him, which you control. If you want to linger on a particular scene, all you need to do is click the hourglass in the lower left corner and you'll be free to play that chapter indefinitely.You can directly navigate to the other chapters or backtrack to previous chapters simply by clicking a number at the bottom left of the page. There is also a mute button for those who prefer silent films, but sound plays a big part of the changing environments; using the mute feature could potentially alter your appreciation of the experience. I highly recommend checking out the additional content, including a brief description of the creators' process in the production of Bla Bla, as well as some great photos and concept art.

All in all, Bla Bla is a beautiful creation that can simultaneously be mindlessly toyed around with and deeply analyzed from an artistic perspective. What I found most interesting was that although Bla Bla is presented on a technological medium, many of the pictures and figures are hand-drawn or made through stop-motion animation. The combined effect of modernity and tradition produces a unique aesthetic and a visible human touch to the gameplay. Although the content of this game is exceptional, it would be nice to see the substance fleshed out a little. There are often only a few available actions in each scene, so that even the ninety second timer seems too long. By the time I finished the last chapter, I was left with the feeling that I'd ordered a 12 oz steak at a restaurant and had been given a low-carb salad instead. However, it's certainly to the game's credit that the only complaint I could think of was how much I wanted more. Visually appealing and mentally stimulating, Bla Bla packs a great amount of introspective thought into just a few minutes of gameplay.

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(Viewer Advisory: While the content of this game is safe and appropriate for people of all ages, it has been known to have adverse affects on nearby cats.)

15 Comments

Vertigobee Author Profile Page May 18, 2011 10:55 AM

Interesting. I always love the use of stop motion in game.

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Boring.

Ok maybe it's not fair to leave a 1 word review.

Pretentious and boring.

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I have no idea what just happened.

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blumley May 18, 2011 5:44 PM

i love this kind of thing, thanks for the review

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Not bad, but man! was the main character hideous!

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Interesting! :) Thanks for a Great Review

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Meaghan May 18, 2011 8:16 PM

I thought the game was interesting, I definitely agree with Trinn. And, the review itself was a great jumping stone. I would never have played something like this. Great job Trinn!

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BuenoCabra Author Profile Page May 19, 2011 12:36 AM

I was referred to this post by Bob Loblaw's Law Blog.

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It doesn't seem to work for me... just a black screen. Unless I need to click something else?

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Michelle Author Profile Page May 19, 2011 4:55 PM

I'm also having trouble getting it to work!

I can get to the screen that says "WORDS," but then the music stops and there's nothing to click on or do. I've tried pounding on the keyboard, clicking + dragging, messing with the hourglass, moving between chapters. Nothing changes, nothing happens. Just the same "WORDS" page. This happens on Chrome and Firefox.

Doh! I feel dumb. What'm I doing wrong?

[Try emptying your browser cache and reload the page. If that doesn't work, try updating your Flash Player and disable any browser extensions you may have installed. If that doesn't work, try a different browser. -Jay]

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OK. not bad. Just that I never get what's going on...

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I expected artsy stuff that would be only noise and randomness, but this was well-structured, fun to explore, and on reading the About page, actually made sense. Liked the look of the animations as well, and I think it's just the right length.

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Lol I kept making him scream but honestly it was entertaining but a little dull...

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Kers Kers June 29, 2011 8:18 AM


Some people are very negative about BLA BLA but i'm not.

I think it is very, very good, i love it!!!
Hope to see more of this kind of art!

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Being completely honest, I was annoyed with this game, and it scared me.

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