I was looking something up online when I fell upon these really excellent gameplay videos by Bruno de Figueiredo (AKA “dieubussy,” AKA the Eastern Mind guy).
And I was really gladdened to see the videos because, not only do they illustrate PC games that are harder to obtain and get running, but these games are also absolutely essential non-games. All three titles are contemplative by anyone’s standards, but they feel especially slow now.
Chop Suey, a game narrated by David Sedaris (maybe not in this clip, though, but generally, yes):
Cosmology of Kyoto, known best for being the game Roger Ebert called “art”:
And then there’s I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream (also 1995!), which is unplayable in a wholly different way. It’s inscrutable enough as it is; weirder, though, for years it could only be purchased directly from Harlan Ellison himself, I think. Here’s its painfully expository intro:
What other un-games have you played and enjoyed (or non-enjoyed, as the case often is)? Seaman, Electroplankton, The Path...?