Canabalt. Old news, sure. Still a brilliant game. Never heard of it? You must be new here. Welcome to the internet. You can listen to music, watch videos and play one of the greatest freeware games of all time.

Canabalt’s premise is simple; you’re trying to escape a crumbling city. Your character runs automatically, leaving you to click whenever you think you need to jump. The longer you run across and through the buildings without hitting anything, the more your character begins to speed up. But, as soon as you hit the side of a building, or you run into a random flying robot, you’re dead. Game over. Would you like to try again?

And you will try it again. And again. And again. My highest score was around 7000m (I can’t remember the exact number).

But alas, my concern isn’t about the very addicting game. My concern is with what is going on behind our character.

If you stop for a second and wonder to yourself, “Why is this man running?” or “Why are the buildings crumbling?” some bigger pictures start to form in your head. And now, if you take your eyes off of the little running dude, and look to the back drop, what do you see? Bunnies? No. Giant freaking robots surrounded in smoke and crumbled buildings.

So this begs the question: What in the world is happening in this world? Is it Terminator-Esq? A War of the Worlds? The second coming of Jesus?  What could be causing buildings to crumble and giant robots to attack the city?

I want a full featured game explaining those very questions. And a novel. And a TV mini series. Canabalt is a very fun and addicting game, but it’s the back story that has me most intrigued.

Darn it, I want to know what was happening.

Any ideas?

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