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 23 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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gm381 Mar 3 2012, 8:20pm buried:


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jackh123 Feb 27 2012, 11:50am says:

question: why are they selling this game on steam? is it like a garrys mod where its a new game or is it the the people of valve like they did with counter strike and DOD where its oringally a mod?

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brolee Mar 3 2012, 4:48am replied:

Yup I noticed that, maybe its a updated version improved graphics and such. The sceen shots on steam look better than the mod.

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cnc3freak Mar 12 2012, 7:46am replied:

It's a commercial remake as its own standalone game, not a mod.

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Ravious Feb 23 2012, 1:59am says:

It's incredible how stable they've managed to get the engine.

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timmybus Feb 22 2012, 8:35pm buried:


was I supposed to be terrified playing this?

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Mkilbride Feb 23 2012, 2:46pm replied:

No...just interested, involved...

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freakintiger Feb 23 2012, 9:23am replied:

Better music, more story, all in all a much better atmosphere.

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Sev-RC- Feb 25 2012, 12:50am replied:

You are a simple minded buffoon. (u-235)

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BanditPanda Mar 2 2012, 6:27am replied:

Ahh the days of rebublic commando, The memorys i had of that game, But now all we have to play are dumb games like Call of duty and medal of honour but then a game like this comes along and brings a spark to your gameing life, A gem in a sea of rocks.

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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…

Feb 18 2011, 9:35pm by AJ_Quick

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…

Apr 17 2011, 12:53pm by PurpleGaga27

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