Gone Home Is Free This Weekend, Here's How to Get It

You can also pay "what you think is fair."

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Fullbright's Gone Home is completely free this weekend on PC, developer Steve Gaynor announced on Twitter. You can pick up the game right now through itch.io. It normally sells for $20.

itch.io also allows you to pay "what you think is fair for the game." Proceeds after the weekend wraps up will go to Lambda Legal, which "work[s] for the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, and people with HIV/AIDS."

Here are the system requirements for Gone Home:

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Gone Home was originally released in 2013 for PC and later came out for consoles--read GameSpot's review here.

Fullbright's next game is Tacoma, which was originally slated to come out in 2016 but was later delayed to 2017. "This isn't a last minute 'we just need a little more time!' thing, but more of a 'we need to be responsible about giving the game more space to live up to its potential' kind of thing," the developer said.

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Name your price model makes me feel guilty.

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The most underwhelming game of all time IMO. It seems like you either get it, or you dont, and i fall in the latter category.

However, if you have not played it before, please try it. Moneys going to a good cause, and you might be one of the lucky ones who 'get it.'

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Yeah. my time is worth more than this game. Sorry, Mr. Gaynor. You can't sell that dogcrap to anyone who's not a SJW snowflake.

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They'd have to pay me.

The developer's name is Steve Gaynor? Really? Ha.

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This is the absolute worst game I played in all of 2015. I originally bought this game without knowing anything about it because it was on sale. Was it a ghost story? Was it a thriller about kidnappers? No, none of that. It was just a boring story about a teenage girl who runs away with her gay lover. There was no reason to care about a single character in the game, and the game didn't even take 3 hours to beat! If I had known the game was this bad, I would not have gotten it even if it was free, because now I am stuck with this genital sore equivalent in my Steam library.

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Free is way too much still. Call me when you will give me cash to play it and we can start talking.

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Trust me. Don't even play this game even free. It will be the biggest waste of time.

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Bad game given far too much attention when there are struggling indie devs out there doing truly good work.

Every time "Gone Home" is brought up, its one more opportunity lost for something much more worthy.....one that could be the difference between a small studio failing or succeeding.

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@Alecmrhand: Every time Gone Home is brought up, people flock to the comments to ****post it. I'm surprised they don't talk about it more often. With a community this bad, it's a real traffic driver.

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Crap "game" isnt worth anything. I was suckered into buying this thanks to Caralyn Petit and his Gamespot review.

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@pelvist: She works for Anita now lol. Gone Home is literally one of the worst games I've ever played in my life.

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@jlenoconel: She? lol

Only in this day and age, would that thing be considered female.

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Oh Gone Home..back when Gamespot still had the likes of Carolyn Petite, Tom McShea, and Kevin VanOrd. They got plenty of flack for their reviews. Though I think VanOrd received plenty of undeserved criticism..I think he gave fair reviews.

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@MaddenBowler10: VanOrd rated Witcher 3 lower than Dragon Age Inquisition. His criticism was absolutely deserved.

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@MaddenBowler10: VanOrd was awesome.

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lol. I still cant believe this game got an 9.5 here. Beat it in 3h at most and its story isnt even anything good. The political agenda of Carolyn Petit (go figure) was all over this games review... thank god he/she left this site for good. She's working now on feminist frequency... I'm shocked...

anyway, a free weekend is more than enough to finish it and never touch it again. the true definition of a walking simulator, indie pretentious cr4p that was raised into heavens by moralist critics that know jack sh*t about games

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@Vatusus: in short, =FLC , femi-na-zi lesbian crap

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Post-It Notes: The Game.

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Gone Home is Free? Still too expensive for me.

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This is great news. I also love how the game download always crashes before it completes forcing you to restart the download which I could stomach if it didnt just crash every single time. Maybe if I donated money it would actually work but no thanks and f*** you very much

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If you even have a basic idea about the game's story, it has already been ruined for you and not worth your time.

When the gaming media drooled all over this game, they ruined everything that made it special. If you aren't going in completely blind, don't bother going home.

If you don't know anything about this game, stop reading now and go play it for free.

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@Erebus: Good point :)

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Terrible game, don't waste your time.

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Can anyone give a reason why this game sucks other than just saying its bad.

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@nzowa100: Because there's literally no point to it. You explore a house, open draws and stuff, and just listen to a love story between two high school girls. None of it really makes sense as you progress, you don't get to talk to anyone, just walk around your house. Try it for free if you want, but never pay for it (like I did).

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@nzowa100:This game is super-polarizing and there's moral/political/whatever issues that may determine how you feel about it. I personally hate the "walking simulator" genre. The gameplay consists of nothing but walking around picking things up and getting bits of story fed to you as you pick them up. The story doesn't involve you and the game is interactive only in the most technical sense. It just doesn't do it for me.

As for the story, I won't say much about it except that beyond that one moral/political aspect, the story is incredibly naive: things very likely went badly for the main character in the not-very long run. I'm guessing, but it seems to me that most reviewers were blinded by the game's statement and overlooked that story used to make that statement isn't very good.

So, IMO, the game fails both on a gameplay and story level. But hey, if it's free. So if that sounds interesting to you, try it out.

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@nzowa100: Sure. First and foremost, it's barely a game. There are no gameplay mechanics, just walk around and read stuff. This would be fine, since some games have very little gameplay and fantastic narratives (Telltale for instance), except the narrative sucks as well. The story is a cliche, done to death premise of: "Girl meets boy from wrong side of tracks. Girl falls for boy against parents wishes. Except there's a "twist" (weird that they treat it like that), it's actually a lesbian relationship. They present the story the whole time as if the 2 girls are friends, then finally the big "reveal", they're more than friends...that's it. It's a soppy, boring teenage love story that tries to throw in a red herring with a "haunted house" element, but it never really feels like it fits, but rather feels like a distraction that doesn't belong there instead of a literary device. Twenty dollars and 2 hours I'll never get back. But if this all sounds appealing to you, by all means, give it a shot, lol.

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@nzowa100: I enjoyed it because I didn't know anything about the game when I played it (which definitely helps the game) and because I got it for free. But ya I would be pretty annoyed if I bought this for $20 retail price as it's a short game.

Here's the main SPOILER reason which will ruin the game if you plan to play it one day:

It feels like a horror game as you play because of the atmosphere and you're constantly worried something is going to pop out - but nothing happens and you end up listening to diary entries that you pick up throughout the game about how your sister one day realises she's a lesbian and falls in love with this girl at school lol. Was a really nice story though tbh.

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Step 1. Go outside.

Step 2. Come back inside.

Congratulations, you have just Gone Home for free.

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"Game"

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Not even a Steam version??? Fuсk out!

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If you want to try the shittiest game on the market, i dare you, download this garbage.

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Gotta warn anyone about to play this... it's not very good. Some of the clues seemed impossible to find, so I had to use a guide. I think it took around 2 hours to finish and the ending wasn't great.

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Yeah, too bad it sucks.

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I kept searching for matches and a gasoline tank to burn the house down

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@Moonco: Did you look in the crawlspace under Crazy uncle Freddy's room where he keeps the c**k and ball torture porn???? this was a horrible joke, i should be purged.....

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@Moonco: :')

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I enjoyed Gone Home when I played it, but it's really a once and done kind of game. Also, I think it helped that I had no preconceptions about what I was getting into, and going in fresh meant everything was interesting. It's super short though, and $20 is kind of a lot to ask for what you get.

If you haven't already been jaded by all the insecurity and hate directed it's way, Gone Home is a decent 90 minutes of storytelling if you can get it for cheap/free.

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@Mogan: It's not a terrible "game", but it was never worth $20 for what you get from it. If you play it and experience it like a drama movie with a twist ending it's not all that bad imo. $2 - $5 is about the right price point for what it offers imo.

Another one of these titles is The Beginner's Guide. Now I just love that "game" (it's not a game really, but more a semi-interactive movie), but what is it actually worth? I guess it all ultimately depends on the individual.

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@Mogan: it was free on ps plus I believe... or I may have got it really cheap. Either way, it's not worth more than $5. Glad it's free though for people who haven't tried it. I have a feeling there will be a lot of 25 cent donations lol

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