Howling Dogs is a hypertext game which imprisons the player in a cell-like environment, offering escape through a virtual reality visor. In order to access dark fantasy worlds through the visor, the player is must perform perfunctory daily actions such as eating and drinking. Porpentine writes, "For me, escape begins with an internal change–discernment. If nothing changes in our understanding, we remain trapped. I’m not interested in some Matrix ending, some brutal, fatuous demarcation between the physical and virtual world. The only way to get anywhere in howling dogs is to stop consuming and start paying attention."