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Linger Around for Awhile
Company: SCEA Santa Monica
Product: Linger in Shadows
For as long as there have been personal computers, there's been the Demoscene, a subculture of computer art specializing in visual demos. Although the demos are meant to show off the artist's programming skill, it is also meant as a way of expression and a sort of digital "tag" similar to works of graffiti art fournd in most major cities. While in the past, these demos were sometimes associated with pirated software, you won't have to stoop to illegal means to get your hands on Linger in Shadows.

Developed by Polish company Plastic, Linger in Shadows is an interactive demo that, like most demos, is meant to show off what the PS3 is capable of. It would be impossible to tell exactly what each of the short vignettes, which all together clock in at around seven minutes, it is hard to argue that the images don't look amazing and offer some really interesting visuals. Like any good peice of art, some parts of Linger in Shadows open your mind to thinking about things, though sharing my ideas might spoil the experience if you haven't checked it out.

It is made abundantly clear throughout the demo that Linger in Shadows is not a game, though there are a few interactive elements for anyone who wants to earn a few Trophies. During the presentation, you can use the SIXAXIS controller to control the camera or rewind and fast-forward through different parts of the demo. At times, you can also tinker with objects, like playing with the lighting, though these occurrences aren't common. There are no obvious "missions" or anything pointing you around the demo (though there are a few audio clues to guide you); instead, you are free to explore and see what you can see. If there is an objective to your search, other than get through the entire demo, it is to find various "greets" or shout-outs to other artists in the Demoscene - though these will likely matter more to people familiar with the scene.

At the most, Linger in Shadows is a unique experience, though only if you're either into the Demoscene or have an interest in games as something other than something you play to kill a few hours. If you find yourself in either camp, Linger in Shadows is available in the PSN store for $2.99.

-Starscream, GameVortex Communications
AKA Ricky Tucker
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