DROSOPHILIA IS A TEXT-BASED GAME THAT PULLS FROM YOUTUBE
A drosophila is a tiny fruit fly, and its character is made up of “lull,” “annoying,” and not much else. Pippin Barr – who you might remember from the “Art Game" or "The Artist is Present" games (the latter scored him a collaboration with Marina Abramovic) – has worked with some friends to make a clever comparison to that animal’s life and the lives of 9-to-5 drones, or any human who does anything really, with his new game "Drosophilia."
The game is text-based, to some degree. It also pulls clips from YouTube and slowly distorts your perception of reality in a way that even real day-dreaming couldn’t.
This is what he has to say about it:
Work your depressing day job! Decorate your desk! Experience true apathy! But watch out for the twist! Maybe you’ll be all like, “Help me! Help me!”
Drosophilia was made in 48 hours at the Global Game Jam 2014 (plus a few more hours of polishing) with Gordon Calleja and Sidsel Hermansen. It was written in Twine. Sound effects were recorded by Sidsel with a Zoom H4 and music and effects were made in Logic. Background videos were recorded with cellphones and processed in After Effects and iMovie. Some background videos are of actual oil paintings by Gordon.
Barr also does a good job of explaining his experiences with each game he develops, which is an interesting insight into one of the newest forms of art. He does a worse job of explaining how good he is at what he does:
I started making games at the start of 2011 and I like it.
I write a blog, which is most usually my take on making games and playing games.
I have another website, which hosts my non-game “art”. You know, drawings, comics, interactive things, etc. (No longer updated.)
I wrote a book called How to Play a Video Game.
Check out Drosophilia here and distract yourself from your pointless life.