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"Then put your little hand in mine, there ain't no hill or mountain we can't climb."
Those words from Sonny & Cher's 1965 hit song "I Got You Babe" haunted Bill Murray in the 1993 comedy "Groundhog Day," in which Murray was condemned to live the same day over and over again. Lithuanian indie game developer Svajūnas Žemaitis is working on a game called Garbage Day that makes players understand exactly what it would be like to be stuck in a single day forever.
Garbage Day is an open-world game where you can basically do whatever you want, within the limits of the game's world. You can take a shower, watch VHS tapes, walk or drive to work to earn some money, or go on a murderous rampage and destroy the town and the people in it. If you die or the day ends, you'll wake up in your bed to find that it's still the same morning as before and everything has returned to normal.
The game is designed so that everything is interactive, from the cereal boxes that fill your bowls to the computers that run Windows 98 to each of the NPCs featured throughout. You can fill your bowl, watch as your trusty desktop blows up with the blue screen of death and talk to people who live in the town. That level of interactivity means that no two days will be the same, unless you want them to be, so you can be the nicest neighbor in the world one day, and a crazed madman on a destructive rampage the next.
Like the "Groundhog Day" movie, Garbage Day does permit a way out of the time loop, but you'll have to struggle to figure out what that is. Garbage Day is currently in Steam's community Greenlight process and, if enough people show support for the game, it will debut on the Steam platform in the third quarter of this year.