Dear Esther is an award-winning, critically acclaimed, experimental first-person game. Built in the Source engine, it abandons traditional gameplay, leaving only a rich world soaked in atmosphere, and an abstract, poetic story to explore. Dear Esther was originally launched in 2008 and is currently being rebuilt by Robert Briscoe - watch this space for updates.

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7 comments by medve on Nov 19th, 2012

Someone wrote:The engrossing world of "Dear Esteban" was created for a very simple purpose. To blow an existential hole in the players perception of their own realities. We wanted present a story so enriching to the human condition, that years from the initial play through the player will look back and think: "How was I ever that naive child before Dear Esteban pulled the wool off my eyes". We've created an interactive tour de force, so powerful, that society at large will have no choice but to acknowledge video games as mankind ultimate art form and the final stage before the event horizon of the human singularity.Engine & Tools: Unity and a masters degree in Philosophy

Travis Chen @TravisChenNolan Fabricius @ShiftlessHobo

Disclaimer: We love Dear Esther. Dear Esteban was made in good fun & parody. Dear Esteban is not so much 'Fuck This'. It's more a love letter to Dear Esther from the weird kid who doesn't have a shot but you kind of feel bad for.

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Dear Esther - Original - 2009

Dear Esther - Original - 2009

Feb 13, 2011 Full Version 25 comments

This is the original Source Mod for Dear Esther. Last updated 22/01/2009

Dear Esther - Soundtrack

Dear Esther - Soundtrack

Jul 11, 2008 Music 24 comments

Jessica Curry's soundtrack for Dear Esther: 8 tracks as MPEG4s.

Dear Esther script

Dear Esther script

Jun 30, 2008 Guides 19 comments

This pdf contains the script for the interactive story Dear Esther, as requested...

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benbellis Jun 27 2008 says:

ok heres some constructive critisism,
#1 Use an installer rather than a zip
#2 give some indication of where to go
#3 some model issuses, i saw errors on the hills (from what i see on the video, its the fence's)

Other than that it was brilliant mapping, with lovely scenery, i hope you improve this!

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chineseroom Jun 27 2008 replied:

Thanks for that - ran into weird installer problems so will fix in next release. Any chance you can be any more specific on the errors - not seeing any here, but definitely want to fix that. Re: working out where to go - part of what we're looking at is how explicit navigation hints need to be, so that's really good to know. Thanks for the feedback - really appreciated!

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starkx Jun 29 2008 replied:

Hi, I just figured out, that version on has about 100MB, but version here on Moddb has over 200MB. I tried smaller version and I had some glitches with missing object, sound and music (checked on Steam verion of Orange Box). So please check it out, thX.

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benbellis Jun 27 2008 says:

yah looks good, go for download, downloading now but the video is very interging so i will give it a proper rating when i have played the game.
P.s you used fraps, didnt you? you can see the edit lines around the side

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chineseroom Jun 27 2008 replied:

Sorry - file didn't upload here- it's going up now...

yeah.. fraps - it's a wonderful thing. if i only had time to fit all the proper camera pathways rather than do it by hand...

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kacsand Jun 27 2008 says:

i like the idea

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Highest Rated (6 agree) 8/10

Hey Dan I finally got around to playing your work. The narration was great. Stellar voice acting and writing, it really got me into the story. It genuinely seemed as though I was watching the last moments of a broken man's life, and that was quite something. However, it seemed that in your attempt to elevate narrative in games you forgot what makes a game, a game. I was constantly being annoyed by the little things. Whenever my character entered an area where you thought I should have my light on…

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Lowest Rated (7 agree) 1/10

This game looks more like a movie mod than an actual playable mod. Other than the sharp graphics and the story, the gameplay purpose is a huge issue. On top of that, this makes one of the worst HL mods of all time in the HL series. Why? Because the remake will not be free. This mod qualifies for the YouTube episodic video(s) rather than a HL2 mod because it's better to watch rather than play. Changing the gameplay to something else that has almost no purpose is purely unacceptable. That type of…

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