April 4, 2011 10:00 AM | Michael Rose
Described by Christine Love as "a spiritual sequel of sorts to Digital: A Love Story", Don't Take It Personally, Babe, It Just Ain't Your Story is a visual novel that puts a huge emphasis on the way technology has led us to talk to one another differently, while also tackling the usual issues that visual novels styled in this way delve into.
You are a new literacy teacher at a high school who is plunged into the lives of your pupils - wherever you like it or not. The school sneakily keeps tabs on pupils by allowing teachers to see all the private messages sent via the local Facebook-style service. Hence, while the main story is playing out, messages will constantly ping in the corner of the screen, and you can keep track of everything going on between your students.
It makes for some strange situations, since you're not allowed to reveal to them that you can see their messages. There aren't too many instances when you can change the course of the story, but when they do pop up, they are usually big decisions. The story deals with a number of different topics, such as homosexuality and suicide, and is worth playing through multiple times to see how different outcomes can be achieved (you're able to skip through dialogue easily).
A playthrough will take over an hour, and although you can save at any point, it's best to get through it in one go for the best effect. Download at Christine's blog (Cheers once again, Marcus!)