A downloadable game for Windows and macOS

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"The most depressingly realistic writer's life simulation I ever experienced"
Lavie Tidhar, author of Maror, Hood,  By Force Alone, Osama, Central Station, and others



Hello! My name is Emily and I just lost my job. So I decided to chase my dream and try to make it as a writer. I have the support of my wife Cleo, and enough savings for a month. After that, we'll see what happens. But I know I can do it! I just need to stick with writing and submitting short stories each day.


What is it?
You play Emily, a struggling writer, trying to make it in the big bad world of short story publishing. You walk around your house, getting ideas, and writing stories. Try not to get too distracted, or you will get sad that you hadn't written during the day. Get too sad, and it's game over. She gives up and gets a new job doing something far less fun and stressful.


How is it?
Made with Love2d, TileD, and Aseprite, that's how!

Yes, but how do you play it?
By downloading, extracting, double clicking. Arrow keys or WASD to move, enter to interact with things, escape to cancel interactions. Game also supports all gamepads 100%, so move with dpad or analog stick, interact with the a button, cancel with b. Plays best with 8bitdo, because 8bitdo rocks.


Why is it?
The creator of the game, Paul Jessup, is also a writer by trade, with over 18 years publishing short stories and novels. After discussing the idea with some other writers, and how the publishing industry is a lot like a video game, he decided to have some fun with it. It's a little too close to home, but it's a blast. All the time he was coding it, he kept saying "I should be writing, I should be writing, I should be writing."

Updated 1 day ago
StatusReleased
PlatformsWindows, macOS
Release date 60 days ago
Rating
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(6)
AuthorRiddle Fox Games
GenreSimulation, Interactive Fiction, Role Playing
Made withAseprite, LÖVE, Tiled
Tags2D, LÖVE, NES (Nintendo Entertainment System), Pixel Art, rogue-like, snes, writer
Average sessionAbout a half-hour
LanguagesEnglish
InputsKeyboard, Gamepad (any)
AccessibilityOne button

Purchase

Buy Now$3.99 USD or more

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $3.99 USD. You will get access to the following files:

Bad Writer.love 7 MB
Bad Writer OSX.zip 14 MB
Bad Writer-win64.zip 11 MB
Bad Writer-win32.zip 11 MB

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i'm will favorite game

Awesome! Enjoy :)

Hello I have a question, when playing the game in windowed mode, it goes too fast, and when in fullscreen, it goes too slow, any way for me to play it at regular speed?

What system are you using? I noticed in some versions of OSX it goes too fast, but restarting it sometimes fixes it. It uses the video interrupt to keep the game going at 60fps, so it should (unless you have vsync turned off) run at a decent clip a majority of the time.

cool

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Can I buy this and put it in my backlog of games that I will play once I'm done writing?

(And be "writing" I mean playing video games when I should be writing).

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Yes! And then you can avoid writing while playing a game where a character complains about not writing. Super meta!

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minimum system requirements?)

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Not very many! It should run on most PC's bought in the last 8 years. Mac's OTOH, there is only one requirement- that OSX is 10.7 or higher. Though from what I've heard, if you have an older OSX it *does* run if you use the itch downloader app to do it. It uses some voodoo that makes it all right.

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This is so fucking acurrate

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Right? And ironically, as I was coding it I kept saying "I should be writing right now"

I am Emily, lol

XD


so emily is a tearable writer because shes not BEILIEVING in herself

Every writer thinks they're a bad writer when they're not writing :)

Yep

Any chance you're considering Android or console (Switch preferably heh) release in the future?

Maybe! I'm not sure how it would play on the phone, but I have some ideas. The Switch would be a bit more difficult, though I do plan on reapplying for a developer's license again. Finger's crossed!

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Totally understandable. Definitely keeping my fingers crossed as I'd love to play this "on the go" too 😁 Fingers crossed!

Thank you! I'll def do an update here when/if it happens!

Awesome! 😁

Both Switch and iOS ports are in the process of happening!

I'm getting an error trying to run the game on MacOS 10.15.7 - ' "Bad Writer" is damaged and can't be opened. You should move it to the trash." '

Any ideas?

Try launching it from the official itch.io desktop app. It does some black magic behind the scenes to make sure it will run on your device.

Oh, that's really cool! I didn't know that. I know the official Love2d release (which I use) say it has to be OSX 10.7+ (which I put on the top of the page yesterday when I found out). Good to know it works in the desktop app.

Yeah, sorry! I mentioned on the top of the page that it works with only 10.7+, I guess that's a limitation of Love2d? Though someone says below it can work in the desktop app, which rocks.

Whoops! For some reason had this set to early access. This is not early access, this is the complete game. Fixed that.

No Paypal option?

The pay by credit card is through PayPal, most payments are through paypal by default, I think?

Sadly, at least on my end, the "card" option is not through PayPal. It looks like it uses Stripe.

Oh! I'm so sorry.  I have no clue, I didn't set up itch. Let me see what I can do.

Ooo, it looks like something you can set up! In case it helps and you haven't already seen this: https://itch.io/docs/creators/payments#how-itchio-handles-payments/paypal

Thanks! I haven't seen that. 

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Sorry, didn't realize the gif's on the page weren't working in chrome (though they worked in Firefox, my browser of choice). Fixed it so they work in all browsers now.

This writer's simulation feels similar to making games

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Yeah! There is a lot of overlap, isn't there?