There’s probably no song as cherished, as frequently covered, and as as heavily lauded as Joy Division’s post-punk classic “Love Will Tear Us Apart.” Written by Ian Curtis in 1979 shortly before his suicide in 1980, the song’s bleak lyrics and bittersweet ties to reality still hold up today as an ageless ode to decaying relationships. So of course someone had to turn it into a video game.
Created by Gordon Calleja with Might Boy Games, Will Love Tear Us Apart is a free browser game that takes the lyrics of the Joy Division classic and makes them interactive. Each level is a different lyric from the song, and there are three (surprisingly hard) levels in all. The game, like its source material, is cold and bleak, with an art style that’s weird and ominous. The game puts you in charge of a couple as you play mini games to help them with their communication. In words it sounds simple, but the game interprets it more abstractly.
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Anya Ulinich‘s excellent graphic novel Lena Finkle’s Magic Barrel tackles the weighty topic of online dating through the eyes of a divorced mother of two, who reenters the dating world through a string of unusual OkCupid dates. Although she’s not entirely sure what she’s looking for, she’s definitely sure what she’s not looking for (men holding beer, men posing with third world children, men climbing mountains). And when she does meet men she’s interested in, they’re usually emotionally unavailable (a man who’s not over his ex, a man who’s homeless, a man who’s uninterested). Ulinich does an excellent job at combining humor with raw honesty to piece together a story that we can all identify with a little too well.
Below, an excerpt from the novel:
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