SITA: Top 10 Secrets and Stuff You Probably Missed
1.) If you drop an MP3 file called “amecameca.mp3” in the “game” folder, the band will play that song instead of the lame royalty free one that’s in there now. The song I would have loved to use there is this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLVWZ6Y9aew I was listening to Deluka while creating the images for the band. In the final version, I plan on invoking this same trick to make the dance music at the club and house party changeable to whatever you want as well.
2.) A lot of people caught the Fringe references in story 4 (the floating letters, the odd graphic during the act break, the “observer” in the background), which I put in there to say “this story is science fiction”. What no one has mentioned is my homage to The Guild. Paula = Codex, Tom = Vork, Indian Kid = Zaboo, white haired woman = Clara. I guess that means Rachel = Tink, and you the player = Bladezz.
3.) You might have finally discovered that the uniform for the waitresses at Drive-N-Dine includes tops when you lead Arch Angel there. For some fun, go to “options” then “Enter Custom”, then start a new game and enter “80” for first date experience (or any date experience that ends well where you eat at the diner). Then go to a bad ending before dinner, like “Centerfold”, “Rather Be Reading”, or insist on staying at the bar when Ariane is ready to leave. You will end up at the Drive-N-Dine by yourself. While still in “80” ending mode, take Arch Angel to the diner again and see what happens.
4. ) There are two real web pages mentioned in the game. One is http://rachelspahr.tumblr.com, the other is much harder, requiring you to color separate the image from the token puzzle. The method suggested by Paula sometimes works too. Or, you can just use the image to the left.
5.) There are two versions of the “Nude Photoshoot”. To guarantee getting the long version, at dinner discuss “Books” then “Magazines” then “Men’s Magazines”, then ask if she would do nude photos. This is a path I assume most players avoid, for fear of insulting Rachel, but in fact Rachel likes honesty, and will be honest herself about nude modeling.
6.) In story 2, if you try to ask Ariane out at the gym, she turns you down. If you met Rebecca in the first date, she says she has a “girls night out” with Rebecca. Ariane’s date with Rebecca is seen in the background of many pictures. In the picture where Rachel walks towards Heidi’s Salon, you see Ariane driving to the restaurant. If you choose to meet Stacy, then when you are done cleaning up, you will see Ariane and Rebecca greeting each other with a friendly kiss. When Rachel dresses like a supermodel and goes to the club, you glance at Rebecca and Ariane standing in line to get in. If you go to the club while LARPing with Arch Angel, you will see Ariane and Rebecca dancing with each other.
7.) Two other girls you see at the gym, the lead singer from Ameca Meca, and Heidi the hairdresser in Yoga class, have untold stories which will soon be told in upcoming updates. You and Ariane may meet the lead singer. Meanwhile, Heidi’s story crosses paths with the conclusion to the cliff hanger “Do you know any gymnasts?” ending that I have not even written yet.
8.) Because they are both sponsored events, many of the people at the Volleyball Tournament show up to the house party. The wet t-shirt contest consists of the blonde from the “All American Girls”, some random woman, Candy the reporter, and Suki and her Sorority sister team mate. The blonde and the reporter are the two girls not dancing in the dance scene. The Dobson Twins volleyball duo are not at the house party, instead they do a burlesque show at the Live Cabaret. Meanwhile, the three girls posing at the house party for t-shirts, were together at the yoga class. Mr. Smithee, the porn director is at both events, and in the “porn star” Bonnie ending, too. Meanwhile, the “Waitresses”, Wendy and Lexi, are at their respective waitressing jobs on Saturday night.
9.) Last December, I asked for suggestions on Facebook for a fake comic hero name, credit goes to Kurt Howard for first suggesting Arch Angel. In the game, the fictional comic artist is named John Hernandez, who is in fact a real person and a real comic artist (the only character in the game based on a real person in fact).
10.) The article and pictorial in Beach Magazine is 7 pages long, and broken into pieces. Pages 1 to 3 are viewable at the salon. Pages 3 to 5 are viewable in the “Dinner With a Supermodel” ending. Pages 5 to 7 are viewable in the “Coffee Conversations” ending. I wrote the silly article and interview with the 3 models. Any resemblance of the two other models to Anne Hathaway and Jennifer Lawrence are purely coincidental.
I finally got all the endings. I love how there are lots of little hidden things throughout, and references to characters from other possible storylines. I’m looking forward to seeing it expanded. The Rachel stories are especially engaging. She’s so much fun, I’d love to go on more dates with her.
The Drive-N-Dine history lesson was a nice tangent.
Rachel is, by far, the most entertaining date in this pack. Will we be seeing Rachel Sly the Pirate Rogue or Raveney the Vampire in an upcoming update? 😀
I have the most basic of basic outlines for a third visual novel starring Rachel, and her various personas. I want to do a new version of Date Ariane first, so it might be a while. In the mean time “Rachel Sly” is the name of my Thief in Guild Wars 2, “Raveney” is my Necromancer, “Mage Casandra” is my Elementalist, and “Princess Valena” is my Mesmer.
I got all 40 last night. this article is interesting I had caught some of it in the process but largely you are correct 🙂
the song you want to use(Deluka – Finito) I found a non live version for those who find live hard to listen to http://the-wildebeest.com/deluka-finito/ its a great song and the version you picked on youtube would fit well with the game. Personally i would ask the band if you could. as the person that put that one up on youtube looks like they probably know the band. I know its not usually that easy though. I would personally throw in a Halestorm song but thats only because they recently found them and I think they are great. Though getting the rights to those would be next to impossible I would think
thank you for the great game already donated probably will again esp if you release new content.
Thanks. I like Deluka, though Finito is a minor track on an EP, so its hard to find. Any indie rock band with a female singer (Metric, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Ladyhawke, etc.) could work fine.
The thought of a Rachel game is interesting and terrifying at the same time. That borderline multiple personality disorder would make for some very interesting storylines.
Is your unwritten ending for Gymnasts to be included in future updates for Something in the Air, or would that also be in a new game?
I was going to wait for the director’s commentary on that ending, but now is as good of a time as any to put in 2¢. The whole manipulative nature of Paula isn’t realized by the player character in the current version. The player just got transferred to a new city, where the other members of his gamer guild just happen to live. In my gamer days, my group was scattered across many cities. So, this seems a little too coincidental. Paula admits she has been stalking the player character for a long time, and she rigged the token game. Now she wants to drag the player’s muse into things. If I was the PC I would be running for the hills.
I hope there’s some development of this in the expansion.
Why are the cute ones always nuts?
In my experience, guilds tend to be a lot bigger than 6 people. Guilds that have been around a while could have upwards of 100 members or more spread across the country and around the world. Because people often recruit friends into guilds, there are often pockets of local players, so it is not unbelievable that a large guild might have 6 people from the same city. The only odd coincidence is that the four guild members who showed up for their weekly Saturday mission all happen to be in the same city.
The player has been in this particular guild for five years, and probably posts occasionally on the guild forums. Guild forums are rarely just about the game, people inevitably start posting trivial information about themselves, and after a while guild members start to know each other really well even though they have never met each other.
Paula is the guild leader, and runs the guild forum. Having an eidetic memory and a high IQ she can’t help but know all the active guild members really well depending on how often they post.
Paula wasn’t “stalking” the player, but having found out he is now local, may have rigged the token game just to meet the player in person before he finds out who she is. She probably just wanted to recruit him into the local group of players that has occasional RL gatherings in the form of LAN parties, but having met him decided that he would be worth pursuing for intimate social non-gaming get togethers, too.
p.s. I want to take my time on “Tower of Ion Part 2” as I am calling it. The final 1.0 version of the game will include code I wrote and tested to easily replace the teaser trailer epilogue with a full fledged story that can be downloaded and added into the game folder at a later date.
I guess I was just too used to my groups. They were always small-ish, around 25-30 people at most. The closest we ever got to having two people in the same city, was when one person invited his brother.
I guess I just read this story as: Paula was manipulating things behind the scenes to make everything come together. The whole weather machine just screams “evil mastermind”, even though she claims it is something good. She doesn’t even seem to care that someone died in her experiment.
A certain gymnast may agree with your assessment of Paula, requiring the player to talk her into helping.
Enjoyed the game tremendously. I am one of those who would prefer to see a Rachel game to a Tower of Ion Part 2 for much of the reasons listed above ( I found Rachel a more engaging character than Paula). However, I have noticed that the three main character stories do correspond to the three films playing at the movie theater. Ariene is Romantic Comedy, Rachel is Drama and Paula is Action Adventure. Was this intentional?
Also, if you do do a Rachel sequel, the title MUST be “Naked Is The Best Disguise”. It comes from William Congreve’s “The Double Dealer” (1694)
No mask like open truth to cover lies,
As to go naked is the best disguise.
Thanks for the inside info. Not sure how to get Arch Angel in the diner, though 😀
Get her LARPing, the way to get to the diner should be obvious from the dialogue choices.
Sorry, but i can’t get it, i always end at the cabaret 😦
Thank you for the game, it’s really amazing. I enjoyed the original Date Ariane and SITA as well… I was wondering, is it possible to download the beta version of SITA? I just wanted to compare the playing experience…
I noticed there are some Paula pictures called paulaforest in the “image” folders, are these for the “Gymnasts” ending?
no, they are the Paula epilogue pics. The Gymnast scene can be found here: http://virtualunderworld.net/datearianewiki/pmwiki.php?n=SomethingsInTheAir.DoYouKnowAnyGymnasts?