If you have a PC and you haven't played Gone Home just yet, then you've still got time to jump on a rather fantastic deal. Move with a quickness, and the game can be yours completely free of charge.
The game that put Fullbright on the map, Gone Home is a unique story about a young woman who -- wait for it -- returns home. A pretty novel concept when it first came out, Gone Home's style of storytelling has since been adopted by numerous developers looking to unfold an intriguing narrative without the need of shooting enemies, making difficult jumps, or doing basically anything other than explore the game world they have created.
Over on Steve Gaynor's Twitter feed, though, he has announced that the title is free of charge, along with delivering a rather powerful message about, well, the game's rather powerful message. I'll just let him say things in his own words.
That's a pretty phenomenal move, yeah? No matter what side you fall on here in the U.S., it's hard to deny that there has been a whole lot of ugliness in recent weeks. Gaynor's move to make Gone Home available for gratis is pretty moving in our book. The game will usually set you back $20 but, if you head on over to itch.io this weekend, you can download it for 100 percent off.
In case you feel guilty about picking up Gone Home free of charge, there's also an option to pay whatever you feel is appropriate through the weekend. Any money made this way will actually go toward charity, specifically Lambda Legal, who is dedicated to the civil rights of the LGBTQ community and people living with HIV/AIDS.
It's hard to believe, but Gone Home launched a full three years ago, arriving on PC in 2013. Since then it has appeared on home consoles, even recently being included as a PlayStation Plus offering for the PlayStation 4. While it may not have been the first type of game folks have started referring to as "walking simulators," the genre has certainly risen in popularity since its stunning success. We're not sure if games like Firewatch, Everybody's Gone to the Rapture, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter or Dear Esther would even exist without Gone Home changing the way these stories can be told.
We'd be interested in hearing if any of our readers decided to grab their copy of Gone Home this weekend. If so, once you get done playing it, let us know what you think in the comments below.