I don’t really understand people. I can interact, and I know the script for normal interaction, but most of the time, it’s rare that I understand why people act a particular way, or can even guess at the reason. It’s why I can use words, really, because I spent so much time alone, reading. It was easier, and there was no anxiety in living through those narratives.
Dan Whiteman, the creator of The Wonderful Adventure of a Dysfunctional Introvert, has had similar experiences, but instead of finding skill in words, he found his talent in making games.
The game is done in the art style similar to the original Super Mario Bros. games, though with a cityscape as the background, rather than green hills with faces. The actual gameplay seems, understandably, about interacting – or, judging by the nature of the game, possibly attempting to interact – with fellow humans.
Whiteman, feeling the need to express how his life as a “dysfunctional introvert” has made his life more difficult, turned to video games when he realized he couldn’t properly talk about his life through poetry or song. And thus, TWAoaDI was born (a bit of a mouthful, I’ll admit).
The Wonderful Adventure of a Dysfunctional Introvert is available through the Giant Evil Robots (Dan Whiteman’s studio) itch.io, and those interested can find out more about the studio from its Facebook page. The game itself is available through itch.io’s pay-what-you-want option, though it’s currently available only for Windows PCs.