You're [biking]<biking| around your hometown.
(click: ?biking)[For your first time without training wheels, you're doing well.] The sun is shining. [You're carefree.]<care| (click: ?care)[You can forget everything for now.]
[[All is well...->Wait.]]Is that static? You pause, dismount, and stand your bike up.
It's coming from a dark alleyway.
[[Leave.]]You cautiously walk down the alleyway. [[You see a blue light.->Light]]A wise choice.
You [[leave.->Avoidance]]The static intensifies as you approach the light's source - an old beaten up TV.
Static rings in your ears louder than before. You [almost]<almost| want to...
(click:?almost)[[[Resist.]]]Your ears bleed as you reach for the screen.
Everything goes [[black.->Look.]]You wake up in a [black void.]<nothing|
(click:?nothing)[Suddenly everything [changes.]<change| (click:?change)[Almost s if someone knew you were awake.]
You're in an arcade. Stained space carpet and glowing arcade machines. A sign in the distance flashes "LORD VIDEO'S FUNTIME PARLOR."
[[Play some games!->Play.]]
(set: $x to 0)](if: $x is 0)[You try out some new releases.](if: $x is 1)[You have fun shooting pixellated space monsters.](if: $x is 2)[You try out BurgerTime. It just makes you feel hungrier.]
(if: $x is 3)[You watch the attract screens for a while. Your stomach growls.](if: $x > 3)[You play some games, but your heart's not in it.]
(set: $x to it + 1)
[[Play some more.->Play.]]
(if: $x > 3)[[[This doesn't feel right.->X]]]You have to find an exit.
[[Look for one.->Search for exit.]]Game by <a href="http://maxlawver.com">Max Lawver</a>. Made in Twine.
Inspired by <a href="http://jayisgames.com/games/the-uncle/">The Uncle Who Works For Nintendo</a> by Michael Lutz.
[[Back.->Start]]You look for [windows]<windows| and [doors.]<door|
(click:?windows)[No light from any windows.]
(click:?door)[The walls are too far to see.
[[Go to them.->Set out.]]]You slowly walk deeper into the arcade, through rows of sinister-looking arcade machines.
[[Turn back.]]You can't tell where you are. Everything looks [abandoned.]<carpet| (click:?carpet)[The carpet smells of iron and sticks to your shoes.]
Eventually the floor just...[[stops.->stop.]]You can't. You can't go into the unknown.
It's safe here. There are games here. You smile.
You play. And play.
Your brain rots. You don't care.
Your eyes bleed. You still don't care.
You're wasting away without concern.
Eventually the arcade becomes your tomb.
Everything drops off into a [black void.]<black| (click:?black)[When you [look]<look|, it almost seems like [something's]<something| down there.]
(click:?look)[[[Peer over.->Peer over.]]]
(click:?something)[[[Turn around.]]]You have met an unfortunate end.
[[Play Again?->Start]]You snap out of it...
grab your bike...
and [[run.->Avoidance]]When you get home you hug your mom harder than you ever have before.
[[Play again?->Start]]You bend over and look down at what's in the darkness. Odd shapes moving, a faint blood-red light...
You feel cold hands on your back! A sharp push and down you go, falling...
[[thump.->BadEnd.]]You've avoided the arcade entirely.
[[Start<-Play Again?]]You hear footsteps behind you and whirl around. You see [him.]<lordVideo|
(click:?lordVideo)[A figure in a (click:?suit)[slimy] [suit]<suit| with a television set for a head.]
''"Hello, //child//,"'' he says, voice dripping equal amounts of static and ice. ''"Why don't you //e-e-enjoy// the gifts I have given you?"'' Sparks fly from his neck and he shudders as he speaks. ''"I-isn't this what you //want//? An e-e-eternity of //f-fun//?"''
You back away as he advances. You almost step off the edge.
Fear grips your heart.
[[Give In.->GiveIn.]]You have to fight. You aren't staying here forever.
You bite and kick and scream. ''"//C-Chi-ild,//"'' he says before you kick him in the chest-
you run and he chases-
hands reach for your neck
you trip and he stands over you but you sweep his legs and-
crash. Everything [[fades.]]You accept your fate. With a horrible sound he takes you back to where you woke up.
[[''"//Play.//"''->Play. Forever.]]You wake up in the alleyway next to the broken TV.
The sun is setting.
You shakily stand...
get on your bike...
and [[book it.->GoodEnd]]