March 21st, 2021

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Ultimate Game Manual

In my morning dream, I was inside a computer role-playing / adventure game, but following the instructions in the manual didn't have the expected effect. Interestingly, said manual had funny text alignment and spacing—It turns out, to leave space for extra text that only appeared when heat was applied, and deeply changed the meaning of the text. This mechanism was not only a copy-protection measure, it was also part of the game itself and of its story, discovered as you played. Leaving your hand long enough on a page might reveal text on that page and the page behind it, making you wonder why the text wasn't exactly what you remembered.