This post contains spoilers for Cibele.
At first, playing Nina Freeman’s Cibele can feel creepy. You find yourself looking onto a very pink, very anime-themed desktop, poking through the files, images, and folders stored there by a teenage girl.
It is, however, a smart and clever way to present the backstory of the player character, a young woman named Nina and a doppelganger of sorts for the game’s developer, Nina Freeman. It just feels a little intrusive, a little too personal, rifling, as you are, through someone else’s old high school photographs, teenage poetry, and the thoughts of an adolescent about sex and anime.