(Wha-pssh!) Top o’ the morning to ye ladies! My name is Jacksepticeye, and welcome to a game called Tie. Tie is a game about depression. We follow this little pixel man through his beautiful pixel world, and we go about the rigmarole of going to work each and every day. It’s supposed to simulate what it’s like to have depression. I don’t know how accurate it’s gonna be, so we’ll just get in and play it and see what’s going on. Let’s… Why is this all sparkle? Ah! “I’m ready for work.” “Hmm…” That’s it! Take an old pooper-oo before you start! “I suppose I look okay.” You look great, man. You look wonderful. Don’t let any stupid mirror take you down. I mean, you do have a matchstick head, but you’re looking good. “I should leave soon.” “Not exactly hungry.” I want some coffee, though. You like coffee, don’t you? “Go outside.” Whoa! This is gorgeous! Are these trees? By Jesus, those are big trees. And the sun is rising. Man, this game is beautiful. “No mail until later.” I couldn’t even see that. What’s going on, dude? How are you? Whoa. Hi, bus. Can I talk to you? Okay, let’s head to work. Wait, is this a bus or a train? Kinda looks like a train. “Sorry, I’m busy.” Sorry, man. We’re all busy. “Hey, champ.”
Hey, Steve! “Ugh, what do you want?” Well, nothing from you, Roger. Roger. I hate Roger! Boss loves him though. ‘Oh Roger’s a good employee. Roger gets his work done.’ Whatever. “You’re on time today.” I’m on time every day. It’s you who’s off time. Can’t talk to him. Oh, look it’s Roger again. “The vending machine is broken.” Typical. Can’t talk to this guy, okay. “Doesn’t smell very fresh.” Doesn’t matter, man. It’s coffee, get it into ya! It’ll perk you up! Okay. “How goes it?” Aww, Steve’s nice. I like Steve. “Still not very hungry.” Okay, clock in. Ka-kling. “Ugh, I’d rather be home.” You and me both buddy, right? Working hard or hardly working. Am I right guys? Yeah, let’s clock it. Let’s have a good day people. (claps) Let’s have a good day here in Work Land! This is my computer. “Get to work.” And just like that, work is over. I’ve also got a post-it note head now. Alright. Very, very productive day. Got a lot done. Numbers, taxes, filings. Very, very nice. Now it’s time to go home to my wife and kids. Clock out? Did I do it? “I could eat something when I get home.” “It’s-” Oh god, the sentences stuck together. (attempting to read one) “It’s been a good, productive day”? That doesn’t make sense. I don’t know. Yeah, that’s what he said. “Your shift is over.” Sure is! Peace out, workplace! Ah, heading home again. “Can’t wait to do it again tomorrow.” (inhales through gritted teeth) I can. I can- I can wait. “It’s been a long day.” It sure has, my man. What does everybody else have hair except me? Oh man, this is so pretty. This little bloom effect off the lights is so nice. Okay, that’s not my house. That’s that guy’s house. He’s very mean. I don’t like him. Alright, time to go in and watch Sex in the City all night. Can I check my mail? Okay, apparently not. Oh, these are buildings in the background. That makes a lot more sense. I was like, what kind of dystopian future do we live in where the trees are gigantic? We’re inside. Okay, that’s not normal. Excuse me, does anyone else see this glitchy weird shit?! “Can I help you with something?” Oh no. “Too tired to make anything.” Dude, you haven’t eaten all day. “I look exhausted.” You gonna take a shower? “Can’t get in with my clothes on.” Oh, let’s take them off then. Okay, can’t take them off. I guess I can just go to bed. (alarm clock blaring) And just like that, the grind starts anew. You know, as a dad with kids… “I’m already dressed.” What? As a single father with two kids… …it’s hard sometimes to go out there and just try your best and still feel like a failure. “Was last night a dream?” What are you talking about, man? Is the glitchy man gone again? “I don’t eat first thing but…” “-odd.” What’s odd/ “I should feel hungry.” Yeah, this is one of the things about being depressed as well, is that… Well, there’s a lot of different variations and a lot of different extremes. But for a lot of people, it’s just like waking up and not feeling anything, really. You don’t feel hungry. You don’t feel happy or sad, you just feel empty. You’re just kind of going through the motions. Some people can’t even get out of bed. Wow, it’s a lovely spring morning! This is an extremely pretty game. Can I get my mail? Oh hey, lady. Please don’t get hit by a bus. Please don’t get hit by a bus. Please don’t get hit by a bus. Survived another day. Ah. Harold. Good old bus driver Harold, getting me to and fro my A to B every single day to be. “Another wonderful day,” in God’s country. “This bus smells odd.” Yeah, pretty sure a bunch of homeless men had an orgy in the back of the last one so… This is the same bus. Harold never changes buses. That’s the thing about Harold, good old Harold. Don’t be like Harold. “Vending machine is broken.” Still?! Come on, how else am I supposed to get my… my God sunshine that comes out of it? “Still here?” I just got here, man. We all work at the same place. Ah, no coffee again today? “Still not very hungry.” The light’s emanating from me! Am I God? Am I the main character? Am I the chosen one? Trying to clock in to work, but you’re in the way. “I don’t have time for this.” Yeah then move on! I need to hit this thing! There we go, got it, okay, off to work I go! A whole day full of being cool and awesome and doing wonderful things. “Get to work?” Yes. (sighs) Another day, another dollar. Oh God, no. “Clock in”? But… I’m finished work. “It’s been a good productive day.” What is that? What is that exactly?! Do you guys see that? “What did you work on?” You know, wrote some poetry. Uh… Wrote a letter to try and get my wife back. “Your shift is over.” Sure is. Is nobody seeing this but me? “Clock out so we can leave.” I did? “Catch the bus home.” Okay. “Gonna go home and watch the game.” Me too man, sports! Uh… trick shots! Um… Best friends! Oh, we’re home. Oh God, everything’s getting all glitchy and weird on me. There’s another one. Okay… Oh, no. My reality is distorting and falling apart. Go inside? “More of them.” Just gonna say, I’m sure there’s none in here! “You should get some rest.” “Tomorrow be a better day.” “Maybe something new will happen.” Oh, man. This is really sad. “Too tired to make anything.” Oh, I can’t even go that way. “It’s been a long day.” What’s happening?! Why can’t I go that way? No, I pressed ‘R’! I pressed ‘R’ and I think it restarted the whole game. No! (alarm blaring) (sighs) Damn it, man. I don’t even have a character now. I think I broke it. Was any of this even real? Is anything that I did even making a difference? You know I put on a brave smile. Get up in the day, put on my best hat, and walk out that door to go to work. And I put a smile on my face, and I do good work. I do a good job. Nice to the people around me. I give the people what they want. But deep inside… …it hurts Deep inside he has his own issues. Deep inside he has his own problems the world doesn’t know about. Yeah, so it’s been- it’s been kind of rough lately. I mean, I still get to see my kids at the weekend and everything. It’s just- it’s just been hard ’cause you know one of my best friends is in a coma… …for a while and like, I go to see him every now and then and just chat to him and everything. But I I don’t know if he hears me. But yeah, no, things are looking up on the future though, on the horizon. Okay, see you guys later. Back home I go. Yet again. I’m just stuck. Stuck in life. I can’t push forward! “Maybe something new will happen.” “Should get some rest.” “Tomorrow will be a better day.” Let’s hope. I can’t get any rest, though. My mind is going, my mind is racing. I can’t sleep. I can’t eat. Can’t do anything, I’m just stuck. Day in, day out, I do the same things. Nothing ever changes. I just want things to go back to the way they were. I want to go back to when I was happy. My… people in my life… (soft piano music) (builds with strings) (music fades)
Written by Valentin Lakin
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