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Cibele: Can Online Romance Go AFK? | Geek and Sundry

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Cibele is an indie vignette game from Star Maid Games based on the true story of designer and game creator Nina Freeman’s first romance, which takes place almost exclusively online. Set in 2009, you experience 19-year-old Freeman’s long-distance flirtations with a young man she’s grown close with through Valtameri, a fictitious MMO.  Though the meat of the story comes from the voice-acted conversations you overhear between Nina and her crush as you play the game, much of your insight into the protagonist comes from exploring her chat logs, personal poetry, and progressively racy selfies. The whole experience is simple, honest, and intimate to the point of feeling voyeuristic.

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