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This short game about 'getting hit on' and abuse is a distressing must-play

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Game designer Nina Freeman released an autobiographical vignette today called Freshman Year — a short, powerful game that explores unwanted attention.

Freshman Year, which features art from Laura Knetzger and audio created by Stephen Lawrence Clark, follows Nina as she heads to a bar to meet a friend. You select dialogue options and trade texts to move the narrative along. It's available to play on Freeman's website, but be warned that it may be triggering for those who have experienced abuse. I tried a couple playthroughs, and the experience was alarming every time.

For more of Freeman's work, check out our preview of her upcoming game Cibele, "a game about love, sex and the internet." Freeman is also working on Gone Home developer Fullbright's next game, Tacoma.