the adventures of esther


selected backgrounds from Everything’s Jake

art director - Nick Jennings

BG designers - Derek HunterSantino Lascano & Joy Ang

BG paint supervisor - Sandra Calleros

BG painters - Ron Russell, Teri Shikasho, Tim Brock, Esther Kim, and Martin Ansolabehere

Serious Question

What exactly is supposed to make a game a game according to the people who want to exclude some games from that category? There’s a lot in common between, say, Myst and Dear Esther, but the former is an “adventure game”, and the latter is a “walking simulator.” Meanwhile, TWINE games aren’t games, but interactive fiction is, and there’s even less separating those.