In This Cold, Your Only Hope Is Staying Close to the Fire


There are fewer things more comforting than warmth in the cold. Games like The Long Dark, Don’t Starve, and even Skyrim tap into that comfort as a way of demonstrating safety and danger. Close to the fire? You’re okay! Far from the fire? You might be having a terrible time. A Very Warm Fire distills this gameplay mechanic down to its most bare-bones version, and in doing so shows how you can turn fear of losing the fire into its own kind of horror.

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