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The Stanley Parable launch trailer is not made for you to understand

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A launch trailer for Galactic Cafe's indie adventure The Stanley Parable doesn't make much sense, but it isn't really supposed to.

It tells the story of a man named Stanley, or as his job knows him, Employee #427. He works in a room by himself, pressing buttons as a remote monitor instructs him to. However, the trailer reveals that we are not Stanley, but rather someone watching a series of videos about Stanley's life and exploring a labyrinthine office setting.

Except perhaps we are Stanley, and the video flashes glimpses of mind control experiments and gigantic laboratories that certainly don't resemble Stanley's little office. The trailer's YouTube description is equally cryptic: "You will follow a story, you will not follow a story. You will have a choice, you will have no choice. The game will end, the game will never end. Contradiction follows contradiction, the rules of how games should work are broken, then broken again."

This world, it says, was not "made for you to understand," and the trailer isn't either.

The Stanley Parable is now available on Steam.