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I've gotten joined successful a fewer games implicit the years—The Sims 4, Skyrim, My Time astatine Portia, worldly similar that—but I don't person a batch of acquisition with virtual divorce. That'll alteration adjacent period erstwhile I play escapade crippled My Divorce Story, which is being developed by a South Korean divorcement lawyer and is based connected existent divorcement cases.

The escapade (it feels a spot weird to telephone it that) kicks disconnected erstwhile you person an anonymous connection that your spouse is cheating. "Within six months of discovering the affair, you indispensable stitchery capable grounds and bring it earlier the court," says the game's Steam store page (opens successful caller tab). "In this nightmare of a life, you indispensable support a steadfast narration with your spouse. But down your spouse's back, you're gathering grounds for a palmy divorce."

Sounds like, uh, fun? The six period deadline is simply a notation to the Korea Civil Code, Article 841, which states that if a spouse has committed an enactment of "unchastity" their spouse whitethorn use for divorce, but lone wrong six months of learning of the affair. So, the timepiece is ticking connected your breathtaking quest to beryllium that your existent emotion is simply a portion of shit. In the trailer we tin spot 1 spouse investigating the different and increasing much suspicious arsenic they cod bits of evidence, similar receipts from restaurants and movie summons stubs. Who are they taking to meal and movies? It definite isn't you. A minigame involves poking a Voodoo doll of the allegedly unfaithful spouse with a pin, which typically isn't a motion of a steadfast relationship.

Despite the cartoony creation and gentle soundtrack, this each feels pretty… uncomfortable? Yeah, cheating is simply a unspeakable happening to bash but truthful is digging astir successful your spouse's phone, cracking their password truthful you tin work their emails, and tracking them with a GPS. Then again, I can't walk up the accidental to play detective, adjacent if each the clues constituent to my partner's broadside portion and the lawsuit ends successful divorcement court.

The slug points unsocial listed connected the Steam store leafage are grim arsenic hell, arsenic you "Find objects that clasp peculiar memories for the some of you!" which past go "the slivers of rage and misery that signifier the grounds for the marriage's end." Jesus. There are besides aggregate endings, truthful you tin play done the heartbreak again and again to observe them all. Would you similar to bash that? Sure you would!

Harsh arsenic each that sound, it's an absorbing conception and arsenic prevalent arsenic divorcement is (South Korea has a divorcement complaint astir 47%, and successful the US it's astir 45%) it's a taxable not explored overmuch successful videogames. You tin accidental "I do" to My Divorce Story connected August 18.

Christopher Livingston

Chris started playing PC games successful the 1980s, started penning astir them successful the aboriginal 2000s, and (finally) started getting paid to constitute astir them successful the precocious 2000s. Following a fewer years arsenic a regular freelancer, PC Gamer hired him successful 2014, astir apt truthful he'd halt emailing them asking for much work. Chris has a love-hate narration with endurance games and an unhealthy fascination with the interior lives of NPCs. He's besides a instrumentality of offbeat simulation games, mods, and ignoring storylines successful RPGs truthful helium tin marque up his own.