Being alive today can feel like an exercise in surviving constant chaos. Everything is happening all the time, and feeling overwhelmed by existence has become our generation’s unfortunate norm. In the best of all possible worlds, this is the point at which a hero emerges — an icon who encapsulates the lawless rage that simmers beneath the surface of the populace and whose actions release the tension felt by all in the face of increasingly dire circumstances.
Our hero has emerged. That hero is goose.
Untitled Goose Game was developed by Australian game studio House House and released on Nintendo Switch, MacOS, and PC Sept. 20, and even though the game’s runtime is relatively short, its horrible goose protagonist has captured the deliciously chaotic heart of the internet. For example:
Sometimes video games speak to the very heart of existence. For instance, how am I, a mere goose, supposed to get this dude to wear his garden hat while I steal his radio?
— spooky jim christmas. (@markhoppus) September 28, 2019
For the goose, solving problems means causing problems. In goose’s picturesque English village, the people and places that make up the world are simply a backdrop to the unfolding drama of her raging id. “Do what you want,” Untitled Goose Game whisper-honks, “make things worse and don’t worry about the consequences.” The consequences do not exist.
Untitled Goose Game is the literal definition of ‘aren’t you tired of being nice? don’t you just want to go ape shit?’
— shan m. (@heyshanmurphy) September 26, 2019
goose game appears to be tapping into the 20-30’s crowd’s desire to rebel and indulge in absurdity without causing physical harm and that’s beautiful
— mc schrodinger 🔥 gay antifa twink (@emiyannn) September 26, 2019
In addition to the lure of chaos, Untitled Goose Game also taps into the zeitgeist by being at its core a damn good video game. Its simplicity is so admirable that it’s hard not to ponder why someone hasn’t attempted a game in which a shit-stirring waterfowl does rude stuff before now. Despite only existing for a little over a week, the game feels like a Shakespearean truth finally given form.
“I am the horrible creeping bag of sound that is the most worst to you! I wobble my snake-front-body and I waggle my bag-back-body and they meet in the middle to plan a bad idea to upset you.” I Am The Horrible Goose That Lives In The Town | https://t.co/Z3j7PpV17M pic.twitter.com/yrvolePm9B
— Daniel Mallory Ortberg (@danielortberg) September 24, 2019
The goose is coming. But the goose has been with us all along.
Untitled Goose Game defies questioning. Why a goose? You know why. What’s the point? There’s never been a point. It makes no sense and perfect sense at the same time.
In response to a burning planet and a pathological lack of control over one’s life, the hateful, horrible goose will have to do. The world is lucky to have her.