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The Novelist is a story-telling indie game developed by Ken Hudson which forces you to make decisions on behalf of the main character Dan Kaplan that may benefit him but hurt his family in the process. Dan is a writer who is often faced with the choice of pursuing his dreams of becoming an accomplished novelist or sacrificing time at the typewriter for his wife Linda and young boy Tommy. While the game is short, it's an awfully good concept which allows you to consider the consequences of the decisions that you make on the people around you. 
 
At first I couldn't understand who exactly I was in the game, but you appear to be a bit of a nosy ghost who can jump from light fitting to light fitting and entering the thoughts and memories of all three characters - bit weird - but I'm not sure how it could be done otherwise!
 
I decided to stream The Novelist which was actually a lot more entertaining than I had initially thought. It was incredibly interactive by asking viewers to vote on who they think should 'get their way' when it came down to making decisions for the family. At time it felt as though you were completely unable to help certain characters no matter what you did, but besides my Twitch audience making a few snide moves, to try and intentionally upset a certain family member, the ending for me was very positive! It would be very tempting to play it through a few more times to see how miserable or how happy you can make all of the characters, 


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