A downloadable game for Windows and macOS
Tough Talk is a project for Game Studio 2's Make it Personal exercise, exploring personal moments in our lives.
Tough Talk is a short rhythm game about difficult conversations. No doubt there are truths that are hard to say aloud to others. By being calm and deliberate we can find the strength to say what we need to, else we stretch out the anguish.
In my own life, I've had to come out to friends, family and colleagues. It gets easier every time, but those first moments were the hardest imaginable. Tough Talk brings out the anguish through its audio, and heartbeat-like rhythm. The player who is attentive, deliberate, and cautious will find this easier than the player who is scattered, unprepared, and distracted. Over time, we learn to get a grip on ourselves and know how to say what we need to, but until then, finding the words is an unforgiving challenge.