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Life In The West


Life In The West turns Kanye West’s Twitter feed into a frantic, gloriously confusing experience.

By Steve Heisler • June 7, 2012

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Any grandma will tell you that Twitter is worthless. “Who cares about what I ate for lunch?” they might say, before telling you how many of her other grandkids called her to wish her a happy Mother’s Day. True, Twitter is well established as a stream-of-consciousness medium, but comedians, critics, and relative unknowns have also tamed it to create a forum for genuine, meaningful expression. And then there’s Kanye West, who takes the phrase “stream of consciousness” very seriously.

The famed hip-hop artist tweets nonsensical things at unpredictable intervals. Something like, “I just zoned on how ill it is to really fall in love… Pimpin’ is whatev … Love is that shit!” might come shortly after a tweet about a Persian rug, or how he hates striped scarves.

Life In The West captures some of the essence of what it must be like to be Kanye West. The game isn’t very complicated: You begin with an empty Twitter feed, and you accrue “Kanye Points” by gaining new followers, or by tweeting when “Inspiration!” strikes. When that happens, a mock-up of an iPhone pops onto the screen, and no matter what you type, one of Kanye West’s actual tweets shows up. Soon you’re just mashing the keyboard (you get a bonus for speed), and then frantically clicking on people to follow before Inspiration! strikes again.

Life In The West does not attempt to make much sense of the method behind West’s madness. It merely tries to replicate it, leaving a lot of @kanyewest’s mystery for future Twitter anthropologists to debate.

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  1. HobbesMkii says:

    This get’s my “Not a Platformer” seal of approval.

    Also, I totally did this a second time in order to follow Henry David Thoreau.

  2. Merve says:

    This game doesn’t care about black people.

    • Enkidum says:

      Actually, it may be one of the very few games that (kind of) does…

      • Merve says:

        I’m really happy for you, and I’mma let you finish, but Custer’s Revenge is one of the most racist video games of all time.

  3. stakkalee says:

    Frantic?  Yes.  Confusing?  Yes.  Fun?  No sir.  At least it only wasted about 3 minutes.

  4. Limeade Youth says:

    I got up to following Taylor Swift before I got an infinite “Don’t ever stop” tweet. Disappointing ending. But otherwise cute for a few minutes’ diversion.

  5. Scrubstep says:

    This is racist.