Join us this month as we explore Kentucky Route Zero.
A masterful American tragedy that avoids the cheapest tendencies of games like it, while leveraging distinct and unique techniques... Nine years after it was announced, the journey has been worth every day. I doubt I could be happier with it.”
Kentucky Route Zero is widely regarded as one of the best videogames of the last decade. ACMI Women and Non-binary games club host Jini Maxwell describes it as one of the best games of all time.
Put simply, it’s a visual novel that uses point and click mechanics to tell a story about Conway, a furniture delivery driver who stumbles onto a mythical highway that leads through the middle of America.
Rather than just a linear plot-driven game, Kentucky Route Zero encourages digression and conversation over forward momentum, as the player explores the sideroads, stop-offs and dead ends.
The result is a richly textured portrait of the foundational myths of America, explored through a magic realist lens. Kentucky Route Zero paints a painful, perfect portrait of the people who subscribed to these myths, and the way the myths, in turn, failed them.
Kentucky Route Zero is available on Linux, Microsoft Windows, OS X,Nintendo Switch,PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
About our host
Jini Maxwell is a writer, and creative producer based in Naarm (Melbourne), Australia. They are a staff writer for Screenhub and Artshub, where they report on local game development, as well as working as a creative producer at Freeplay Independent Games Festival. Jini regularly contributes games reviews to The Saturday Paper, and has contributed critical writing to Screen Education, ACCA online, Overland, and the Melbourne Recital Centre’s Soundescapes. Deeply interested in exploring the relationship between writing and videogames, they previously directed the National Young Writers Festival, and curated the Digital Intimacies exhibition of poetry and videogames in 2019. In 2018, Jini was also one of three Emerging Critics in Residence at the Melbourne Recital Centre, creating hypertext criticism in response to live performance. Follow them on Twitter.
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