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Hello everyone,

I hope the winter sale and the holidays have left your games library overflowing. As for me, I was fortunate enough to be able to buy two games I consider special, plus one I haven't played that I know by reputation. I humbly offer them here.

How to enter
One prize per person. First state which games interest you in order of preference. Then in keeping with the general theme of the giveaway, share one standout memory of bonding or quarreling with a friend or family member. You're also free to do this without entering the giveaway if you like; simply say "Not in" instead of picking a game.

How long
The giveaway will end January 15th, around 10 PM UTC.

How to claim a prize
Your privacy settings must allow chat messages from everyone when the giveaway ends.

What's on offer

Oxenfree
A story and dialog-focused game. You spend time with friends, choose how to respond to them, unravel a mystery together, and brave the horrors that unfold.
Collectibles fill out the backstory a bit.
Without getting into spoilers, if you start the game through GOG Galaxy and allow it Internet access, you may find a small added element to the story. It's not by any means necessary and won't diminish the experience if you play offline.
You may find replay value in making different choices the second time around.

Pinstripe
A family story with personality in spades. The artwork is lovely, the world is bizarre and intriguing, and the voice acting is quirky.
It's quite a laid back experience. The horror theme is never outright scary, and it mixes with oddball humor here and there. Gameplay is not challenging, consisting of simple puzzles, easy platforming and shooting.
It's a short game, but you may find replay value in going through it again with the developer's commentary enabled.

Broken Sword: Director's Cut
Animated point-and-click adventure game. I haven't played it myself, but I've heard of the series, and it was recommended to me by someone whose opinion I value. (Please refer to the store page or external sites for screenshots)

Edit no. 1:
• Made the tentative end date definite.
• Clarified that though there's only one prize per person, you can enter for multiple games.

Edit no. 2:
• The winners have been announced in post 22.
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Post edited 3 days ago by Ice_Mage
Thanks, I'm in for Pinstripe.

My wife and I had this long pointless argument as to which vowel is the most important. I won.
Post edited January 08, 2022 by servobeupstry
Not in 1+

I've argued with a friend about if pizza is an open faced sandwich or not, I used reason definitions and logic and he used denial.
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servobeupstry: My wife and I had this long pointless argument as to which vowel is the most important. I won.
now you should argue about making R a vowel
Thank you for the giveaway Ice_Mage! I'd like to enter for Pinstripe.

Not sure if this qualifies, but over the holidays I was visiting relatives and argued with their dog about whether he deserved an additional treat or not beyond the ones he had already had. The dog won the argument by virtue of persistence. :-)
Thank you for the giveaway

i am in for broken sword and also Pinstripe

i made an ugly soup 2 days ago. Today everyone drinked it without saying anything. it was an awkward moment
Thanks for the giveaway! I'd like to enter for Broken Sword Director's Cut, please. As for funny / dumb arguments, you know in Stardew Valley when Robin asks Demetrius to bring home some fruit and he returns with tomatoes? Yup, done that for real in the past (I also pointed out that botanically, cucumbers are fruits too). :-)
Thank you Ice_Mage, I would like to participate for Pinestripe.

This is a lovely moment I shared with a beloved ex girlfriend, it was a hot summer night, we assisted to her cousin's graduation in a big fancy club. We leave the party arround 4 AM because a big storm was coming and electricity go off.
We tried to call a taxi because the club was really far from my department (10Km or so) but no car was available. So we decide to start walking because everybody was leaving and try to call again during the travel.
We walked just a few blocks and a strong cold wind arrived, we started to run, looking for refugee and find a bus stop near by.
As soon as we enter we see the people running, the cables falling and some street lights exploding, a total blackout and a courtain of water short after that... And we just stayed there, holding each other, feeling safe and containt.
Post edited 3 days ago by KetobaK
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Hi Ice_Mage,

I liked Oxenfree time ago, so I am in for Pinstripe or Broken Sword: Director's Cut

Long years ago I was the driver of a SUV full loaded of family. Short story, we had an accident on the highway: The vehicle turned upside down 3 times (Is that the way to say it?) and landed on the ditch very near to invade the opposite way lanes! Fortunately, nobody got hurt (While the SUV was a total damage)

I do not lie: While the SUV was turning upside down the time slowed down like one of those countless Matrix movies scenes.
Without a doubt, time is relative: I also have memories where time flew without noticing it due the immense happiness :)

Thanks again for the opportunity Ice_Mage and the great ga idea.
Also thank you to all the participants for sharing their memories.
Good luck and I hope the forum keeps enjoying the beginning of this 2022 :)
Not In!

However, kudos for your goodwill!
I'm in for Pinstripe.

The class was having a kids storytelling about their own birth with their classmates.
And one of the boys said they went home to ask their parents about the day he was born and what the family was doing and so on.

Surprisingly, it erupted into a heavy fight between his parents because the mom couldn't find their memento meant for keepsake and in memory of their son's birthday!

They got into a big fight!
"I told you to keep it safe!"
"I did! I placed it here!"
"Where is it then?"
"We aren't going to find it with you yelling now are we"

So out of curiosity, what was this item so precious? That is so irreplaceable? A huge fight over the first photo?
He huffed out of frustration....red to the cheeks as he mumbled irritably, "my placenta!"

Thank you very much Ice Mage for your giveaway and precious games!
Thank you for the opportunity!
Post edited January 11, 2022 by drxenija
I'm in for Pinstripe. Once I was cleaning the stove with my headphones on and didn't hear a hissing sound coming out. I didn't know that kitchen model let the gas out without pressing a button to burn it. I left home and they found it smelling of gas. Luckily nothing happened and I didn't kill the cat or burn the house down or anything. I thought they'd kick me out! Instead they were understanding.
EDIT: clarification, I had used a false friend from Italian :)
Post edited January 12, 2022 by Dogmaus
I'm in for Oxenfree

Trip to Singapore was a rollercoaster of emotions and fun, no doubt I'd remember it for years to come.

Thanks for the giveaway!
Not in, but thank you very much for your kindness :-).
Not in for the games, but +1 for your generosity, Ice_Mage. ;)

I'm gonna share a standout bonding memory: many, many years ago, I worked at an organization that would hold the occasional social event for internal staff (for example: a cocktail party). Predictably, at these internal social events, work colleagues gathered in cliques: the sales department would hang out with one another, as would the marketing team, etc and so forth. My 'department' was a one-man show: me. And this other coworker was also a one-man 'department' (more or less). So, every time we participated at these events, we'd often be the two loners standing about with our drinks in our hand, in this crowd of many cliques. I can't remember the specifics, but we eventually broke the ice between us and became a clique of two at these workplace outings. We connected and bonded, despite our personality differences and although neither of us works there any more, we have remained very, very good friends until this very day. :)
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matterbandit: Not in for the games, but +1 for your generosity, Ice_Mage. ;)

I'm gonna share a standout bonding memory: many, many years ago, I worked at an organization that would hold the occasional social event for internal staff (for example: a cocktail party). Predictably, at these internal social events, work colleagues gathered in cliques: the sales department would hang out with one another, as would the marketing team, etc and so forth. My 'department' was a one-man show: me. And this other coworker was also a one-man 'department' (more or less). So, every time we participated at these events, we'd often be the two loners standing about with our drinks in our hand, in this crowd of many cliques. I can't remember the specifics, but we eventually broke the ice between us and became a clique of two at these workplace outings. We connected and bonded, despite our personality differences and although neither of us works there any more, we have remained very, very good friends until this very day. :)
Amazing story buddy! Enjoyed reading through it and glad it ends on a happy ending for you.