The Awkward Steve Duology Offers Practical Solutions To Everyday Door-Opening Anxieties
By Joel Couture
Your front door is a hellish maw upon which all manner of brigands, ne’er do wells, and postal workers can find entry to your home. As such, a simple knock on the door can bring the promise of death, doom, and bills, leaving most sensible people a quivering husk at the sound of a curled knuckle rapping. Luckily, we have The Awkward Steve Duology to teach us something about coping with the world beyond those closed doors that keep us safe.
This striking art piece stars our everyman, Awkward Steve, dealing with two door-opening situations. The first, A Stranger Comes Calling, involves a knock on the door while sitting at home working on the next great American novel, and how one must muster the strength to open it through rabbit petting, tea drinking, and Game Boy phone calls. After all, just because the world outside is scary, it doesn’t mean we can’t go out and meet it. Murderers may await, but sometimes it’s free puppies, too.
The second, Don’t Turn your Back on the Ocean, involves poor Steve in the bathroom at a raging party being thrown by his roommate. His desire to avoid the party finds itself in a struggle against knowing someone from the party will need to use the bathroom, leaving him in a spiral of anxieties that must be dealt with quickly. But there are no rabbits in the bathroom to soothe him and give him strength. Or are there? For the world of Awkward Steve doesn’t bend to the rules of the real world.
The pair make for some delightful absurdist experiences about the anxieties many of us feel about social situations, helping us all laugh a little bit at the way our stresses make us act when potential interactions are imminent.
Plus watching a guy talk into a Game Boy is funny.
The Awkward Steve Duology is available for $3.99 on Steam. For more information on the game and developer Oh, A Rock! Studios, you can head to the developer’s site or follow them on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.