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The Stan­ley Parable be­gan life as a mod for Half-Life 2. Davey Wre­den re­leased it in 2011, three months af­ter the debut of

Por­tal 2, and both games share a the­matic ten­sion be­tween the cre­ator and player. The mod lacks the 2013 full re­lease’s ‘of­fice-real’ vis­ual style, since it uses Half-Life 2 art as­sets, but it fea­tures the same struc­ture and Kevan Bright­ing’s ex­em­plary voice work, and it has six end­ings. Af­ter com­plet­ing the com­mer­cial re­lease of The Stan­ley Parable, which is also built in Source, Wre­den went on to make the rather more af­fect­ing The Be­gin­ner’s Guide, which con­tin­ues to ex­plore the re­la­tion­ship be­tween game cre­ator, game and player. Pugh has also con­tin­ued to make nar­ra­tive games with his stu­dio, Crows Crows Crows, pur­su­ing a purer line in com­edy.

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