Designing Avatars Class
Final Project Reel
A selection of final projects from DESMA 172: Designing Avatars Class.
A selection of final projects from DESMA 172: Designing Avatars Class.
A selection of avatar filters from DESMA 172: Designing Avatars Class.
Play as an old man who suffers from memory loss and travels back in time to relive moments of his life.
“if the train goes at the speed of light…does everything we carry upon just fly into space?” — Alice Zheng
You are a bot traveling through an alternate reality internet simulation. The world you defined as home, made up of 0’s and 1’s, has become physical reality.
Cut explores how automobiles have shaped American infrastructure and the culture, and how major corporations have changed the perception of cars in today's world.
Past Era focuses on the visualization of outdated information in the virtual world by offering the “old version” of digital technologies.
Myth VR is a speculative mythological experience inspired by Chinese folklore and tradition, sacred architecture, and digital bodies.
Beni and Ace are two peas in a pod - wherever Beni goes, Ace follows. They are tragically separated after a terrible storm hits.
VHW7 is an hour-long interactive explorable digital environment that is reacting in real-time to an improvised score.
cw: intense brainwashing, electroshock therapy, and physical abuses
Days Dark is set in rural China, the game is inspired by the Scar Literature rooted in contemporary Chinese history.
Airwaves is a text-based puzzle game about a family in China working as a telegraph & communications operator for over a century.
Save the missing Death Princess!
Guide your character through a strange an unknown world.
An experience for people who fall into the limbo of nostalgia and have trouble moving on.
"I miss my friends terribly during the quarantine and want to visit them. So I made this game to roam around in."
What better way to socially distance than becoming a fly and chatting on rotting food?
Digital representation starts and ends with superficiality.
It is a two-player game that tries to simulate the intimate relationship between human interactions.
For your entertainment For your visual pleasure For your protection Enter, player, for you are the chosen one As your fortune states Your mission now, if you choose to accept And you must accept because this is a linear path There is no escape You are now in hero mode
A pig trades furniture with the player in exchange for images of the player's body.
You’re a depressed twenty-something trying to stay on top of your work, have a good time with your friends before they graduate, not think about your absentee boyfriend, and obsess over the identity of the artist leaving sheep graffiti all over your neighborhood.
Games in the 2000's were particularly egregious in their warmongering ideology: recall Halo’s cathartic masculine self-sacrifice or Call of Duty’s constant ramblings about taking the gloves off, crossing lines, and ignoring red tape.
Tolva and the Useful Balloon Cult present A Mixed Reality Performance
A game installation that centers on an insect with wings who cannot fly.
Wanna be my friend? is a 3-4 player tabletop game that explores the simultaneous joy and fear in making new friends.
Try to finish your assignment 24 hours before it is due!
In Silicon Valley, you play as a worker trying to climb up the positions to become a CEO at startup companies.
Players take on the role of different workers in a corrupted hospital that is heavily involved in black market organ trades.
Play as a ghost of a damaged teenager trying to navigate his way through all of his traumatizing memories.
18+ NSFW: Contains disturbing violent & sexual content. Nightmare Temptation Academy is a dating-simulation/choose your own adventure/roleplaying game that is also a Rap Musical.
trace is a board game about virtual identity theft.
An escape room representing the psychological state of a Hikikomori.
Trigger Warning: graphic sexual violence, cultural appropriation, scat, bestiality, feminism, patriarchy, sexualization of school shooters, inconsistent use of fonts... 18+ NSFW
A social media network that consists of only the user.
Game Design...The Game(?) is a game about making games.
Stretching beyond your comfort zone.
Navigate a budding romance as it changes how you see the world, for better or for worse.
a virtual reality game that immerses the player into a Middle Eastern household.
A farming and friendship game about 19th century American folklore and Romantic Individualism.
Endure the long and painful experience of an international flight.
Through the lens of airport security, this familiar yet bizarre art installation examines the prevalence of power, control, and authoritarianism in everyday life and digs deep into our individual dreams, memories, and desires.
Leap motion controls turn a shoot 'em up style game into an asymmetrical masterpiece.
Mleko a Miód is an RPG based on Jewish and Central/Eastern European folklore and late 19th century Jewish life that uses magic as a key element.
Relive high school.
A game about groups and conflict.
Earth's queen has sent Mila on a mission to kill the queen of a rival planet.
Serve as a monitoring agent for the Busan Metropolitan Police Agency.
Go and do some stuff.
Play as a clay blob that sticks to every clay object it touches.
Explore without falling into the void.
You are one of the last survivors of humanity. The remaining country, AK Corp., has sent you and other citizens as adventurers on a mission to retrieve what is known as “technology.”
A volcano has erupted, sending lava across the path of four hikers racing to reach a single-occupant safe house at the end of the trail.
Battle with Jet Engine chicken, Hypnotist chicken, Magnet chicken, and more.
Loom is a game in which the act of weaving and buying are juxtaposed in order to explore the economic and social tensions found between consuming and producing clothing in a capitalist economy.
Mirror is a game exploring personal issues with self-esteem and self-criticism.
Aided by a magic pocket mirror, players must guide their trusty and adorable pink steed, portrayed by game designer Nick Crockett, through both in-game city streets and the real-life Hammer Museum courtyard.
ESCAPE FROM SPIDERHEAD is a card game based on a short story of the same name by George Saunders.
Finding the correct type of birth control for you.
A collection of six game prostheses designed to be worn by an LG VS840 4G LTE phone.
Artifacts II is a digital-fantasy based on a true story about adapting to and developing in an environment of emotional abuse and isolation.
Two would-be sumos race to gain the most weight.
Recorder Recital Ruckus puts you in the role of making sure your students behave themselves during a recorder recital with one twist - all of your students are soon-to-be-famous sound artists.
Players inhabit the Herms, creatures of light that guide the evening star Hesper across the astral plane to the Perpetual.
Mnemosyne [nee-mos-uh-nee] - the goddess of memory.
Ivan’s Parallel Reality is a demo of a narrative game exploring an art making factory in a hypothetical future.
Using the HTC Vive players can freely run and climb to explore the peculiar chain of floating islands that fill this detailed, living and breathing world.
Vespers as a game explores the Catholic view of Purgatory through the lense of an Elizabethan-era Everyman play.
Viewers can walk around at their own pace and listen to the environment. The overall mood is meditative, encouraging the participant to take their time and relax.
Empty Dreams is a a narrative experience about ﬁnding oneself in which the player explores a world of consciousness and memories.
Just like the 404 web page, you can’t find town 404, whether on a map, a license plate, or a list of cities to which express can be delivered.
Gateway is an exploration platformer game/walking simulator taking place across multiple worlds.
Laika is a game about the Soviet space dog Laika. It explores the ethics of sending animals into space without their consent.
Source footage from the 2D arcade game Battle Garegga is rendered as a 3D volume by slicing up the original footage and then layering it on top of itself dozens of times.
Attempt to predict burger trends and barter with your fellow farmers to create the trendiest burger possible.
A grave mistake has happened at the racetrack - the expected-to-win horse somehow ended up in the meat grinder!
Mirror Mirror is a study on the effect of a flow state on audiences as well as in artists.
Two players/performers inflate the shared balloon within the box.
Incognito Mode is an Alternate Reality Game parodying the battle between hackers, governments and corporations.
—“Not only your body needs exercise, your face does too!”—
Regurgitating tells the story of a flower's infinite reproductive cycle.
A new take on the classic game of roshambo, Moshambo is a fast-paced dueler that exchanges the original elements of chance for temporal tactics as players lunge, morph, and retreat until their hands inevitably clash.
南京！is a game in which the players attempt to deduce one another’s identities against the backdrop of Nanking in 1937.
Plastic Vortex is based on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a mass of human-made debris caught in the swirling gyres of the North Pacific Ocean. The first animal to cross the vortex without choking on plastic wins.
Tubes simulates the unbalanced nature of the Internet by modeling its physical infrastructure.
Gecko Ridemption is a browser-based, online-multiplayer area-control, rock-climbing, laser-blasting, stuff-barfing, sport-ish game.
The first team to airdrop 3 hats on George Costanza wins.
Holla' Pain Yo is a competitive game in which two teams lighten a seesaw by drinking jalapeño water through a tube.
Letting them Sleep is a game about unnoticed representation in which players use a character creation system to make an avatar that immediately goes to sleep. The most undisturbed sleeper wins.
Artifacts is an exploratory artgame about digital archeology, archives, and the language of the internet.
Phantasm Atlas is an interactive video installation re-imagining our bodily anatomy.
Messlife is a virtual DIY artspace in the tradition of warehouse art spaces and alternative venues.
Hillary's house has just burned down.
Multiplayer garden rocketry action for 2-10 players.
A little game inspired by Clu Clu Land and Power Stone Wars. The graphics are photographs of found objects and wadded up paper sculptures.
"Junk" is game based on William S. Burrough's essay "Deposition: Testimony Concerning a Sickness" that compares drug use to capitalism.
One Day, Independence Day! is a four-player game that chronicles events and figures from Korea, just after the country's division into North and South.
Real Shadows Shine is a minimum involvement experience about growing, slowing, shade, and blindly moving onward
Whiskr'y Business is a game in which you must change the sweater patterns of three hapless humans to match the cats which they occasionally pet.
Guide your poor obese pug to fitness by regulating his meals and maximizing his exercise time.
Software Etc. is a virtual shopping mall and chatbot ecosystem.
[Project Iron] combines gameplay-driven interactivity with a richly detailed and expressive hand-drawn illustrations.
Two teams attempt to build a spring roll by stealing ingredients out from underneath the Dokkaebi's tentacles.
45 is a 1 vs. 1 board game that uses lasers and mirrors.
Make America Great Again is an asymmetrical polemical board game based on Donald Trump’s views on immigration
It's senior year of college and graduation is quickly approaching, leaving young women with two options: get hired or get engaged.
Shit happens, so we might as well help each other. Meet you at the summit. This is the pursuit.
Players use a lifecasted, penis-shaped, sperm-shooting joystick in order to move a matching penis on screen and fertilize objects.
There is no “respectable” selfie that a woman can post without opening herself up to slut shaming, accusations of conceit, insults about her appearance and character, and more.
Flow is a game about city management and water distribution.
As Cupertino rapidly becomes known as “the city where Apple is”, longtime residents must work together to stay in the city they call home.
Put your culinary skills to the test and battle sandwiches in a tournament-style miniature monster truck rally
Sandswitch is a game about food culture, sandwich building, and theft.
One cup of juice is a game that converts a two person human relationship into an orange juicing machine.
Wizard Takes All is a live computer game performance that pits a mob of farmers against a wizard in possession of boundless audiovisual powers.
Juggle is a minimal arcade game inspired by early video games that maps digital space to physical space.
Pope Burn is a game about the representation and interpretation of politics through print media in 17th Century England.
Alexander Doggus is a wheelchair-using dog who used to be the world’s greatest show dog.
The Hive is a world based on sound.
The year is 2222. Earth has frozen over and there are no survivors.
This game could go on forever.
An Omnidimensional Countergravitational Live System for Hyperterrestrial Synthesized Telecomputational Motion Capture.
Le Petit Architecte is an open-ended architectural competition.
TL;DR [the shape of the internet (Orgy)] is an immersive interactive installation that explores the concept of free play.
Transform your game into the 80′s cyber-punk extravaganza.
This work explores the relationship between acquired synesthesia, simulation sickness and life as a banana.
Pin Pon is a game about online dating. Using a leap motion controller, players try to bounce stuff off their part of the table and into the opponents. Its always a match!
“Arrangement” simulates matchmaking by asking potential partners to draw identical drawings through verbal guidance alone.
“Sumorals” is a four-player board game about sumo wrestling and placing bets, where the rich get richer and the fat get fatter.
In “Will I Get Measles At Disneyland?”, you play as a determined mom guiding her children through a measles-infested theme park.
Locals Only! is a game about surf localism and catching sweet waves.
A complex strategy game that tests your ability to build bridges (and tear them down).
A redesign of chess that takes place on a mutinous ship.
Players learn what it feels like to be a big fish in a small pond - and vice versa.
Guattari Hero is an experimental economic rhythm simulation of consumer experience through Amazon.com's related item feature.
A pain-inducing stealth-racing game for two.
Apoptosis is a video game about a lot of things, but mostly about mental illness.
A game of Cold War strategy.
Last Day on Earth is about the world ending.
Outcast is a game that addresses the issue of dehumanization of homeless people.
A multi-media puzzle game to uncover the plot for a New World Order.
A game of phone calls, privacy and surveillance.
Primal Nest is an experimental 3D video game where the viewer can navigate the virtual landscape through an inter-vaginal perspective.
Installation of regional redesigned chess variants, with new game pieces developed that sculpturally convey their rules of movement and relative power on the board.
Shift letters around the board to form words that cascade off and reveal new letters.
A game of labor, globalization, and mining set in the Iron Range of northern Minnesota.
Space "Invader" is a polemical video that parodies the classical Space Invaders game but with a colonial narrative.
Capture the Flag was created an experimental project in the area of gaming.
Balance love and weight as you try to raise your children in the modern world.
Play as nature or corporations - control or die!
Wrestle your friends and break your tablet.
A polemical game about the often ignored normalized dichotomous space of public restrooms.
Control full or halftime operators for a directional and diplomatic twist on checkers.
Create or destroy words to control the city of Bolinas!
Craft burgers made from buttons!
A game of self-discovery, courage, fear, faith, love, expression, and triumph.
Shred Sochi powder and defend America's athletes from terror.
Step-by-step instructions for building your own Game Lab Arcade Backpack.
Classroom Aquatic is the world's first stealth/trivia game for the Oculus Rift.
You are Cu, the captain of the newest model of mobile aerial combat weaponry EXO. With the help of Fin, you are to defeat the System.
Battle for gifts and yuletide glory in a gruesome Christmas-shopping spectacle.
Use a Wiimote to control one of three personalities of a schizophrenic man with multiple personality disorder.
A trading card game about the inherent shallow nature of popular dance music.
Reconstruct your self identity as a non-native U.S. citizen.
Attempt to immigrate to the United States through Angel Island.
Puff follows the journey of different kinds of smokers as they trade the items and tools necessary to feed their cigarette habits.
Find your iPhone after attending the Oscars.
A virtual reality environment highlighting the atrocities of nuclear weaponry.
Play as a low-income individual balancing money, health, and dependence while trying to meet your daily caloric requirements.
This is a game about meat and the ever-conflicting information regarding whether or not humans should be eating animals.
FEATURING GLASS TOPS OVER SCREENS AND CUSTOM CONTROLLERS, THE ARCADE COCKTAIL CABINETS HAVE BECOME SOME OF THE MOST SHOWN OBJECTS CREATED BY THE GAME LAB.
How long can you keep running in circles?
Prepare for the all-new All Terrain Derby!
A tool made to create simple meshes from image textures based on transparency.
Navigate the American school system as an Asian-American student
A Zero Sum game of physical and mental acuity
The lengths women go to meet social expectation
A magic cart opens a portal to an alien sky on your ceiling. Save the falling cheese beings!
Beat Down is a two player head slapping game.
A social experiment, a game, and a party.
Be as perfect as possible!
A bullet hell eat-em-up you can play with your face.
A custom game controller for Mark Essen's NIDHOGG
An attractive game for attractive people.
The ultimately portable arcade machine designed to be worn as a backpack
Pacwars is a four player, team-based board game based on Chess and Pacman.
TLTI is a board game designed to describe and address socio-political problems of post-revolution Iran.
Race to ascend to the rank of god.
Your typical 8 foot 7 elusive male yeti.
The Most Attractive Card Game
A GAME OF FAITH, MONEY, AND POWER.
A vertical platformer with trees.
An explosion in the neighboring boom-town has set their buildings ablaze! What's more, its destroyed the only railway out of ton and sent flaming tumbleweeds sky high!
A puzzle-platform game based on RYB subtractive color theory.
After landing on a strange but peaceful planet you learn that your are equipped with the tools to talk to the creatures residing there...
The oldest player takes the weapons bag and gently scatters the contents over the board.
Create safe passage for the settlers as their world is consumed by darkness.
The tower was built in such a way that it is extremely dangerous for more than three intruders to ascend the tower.
You are a sad, sad commuter in the city of LA, trying to get to work on a Monday (or Tuesday, or Wednesday...whatever.)
Players steer their horse by tilting the board while holding onto the horns
Tickleplane is a game for 6 people that uses the keyboard as a gestural input.
Students create their own superhero characters with wildly different abilities
Survival of the fittest & progress to the right.
A physical/electromechanical dogfight game for two players
A discussion with Steve Mamber, Peter Lunenfeld, and Eddo Stern.
An arcade cabinet supporting interchangeable screen and controls
Enable your Nintendo DS to communicate with countless other devices via Bluetooth.
hidden in plain sight is a meditation on the nature of computer programming.
Two versions of hangman, one using a dial and one using colors and switches.
A video game performance using “the official U.S. Army game,” America’s Army.
The gallery as a first-person shooter level.
Stroke the cats, but not too much.
Kubisch is an innovative 3-dimensional twist on tic-tac-toe.
Capture the princesses and defend your tower - available on several mobile platforms!
Piece by piece, change the huge gray city to a small, colorful town.
Stay healthy and wealthy in the subsidized agricultural market longer than your opponents.
This 2-vs-1 game takes players through various storylines, culminating in a battle between two ghosts and their murderer.
A two-player game of things getting awkward fast.
Players must use various experimental drugs to build up the willpower necessary to sacrifice themselves and save their peers.
Players enter their letter guesses in binary form.
Players use a grid system to guess the word.
Strategize your job, risks, and alliances in order to escape your humble surroundings and make it to the good life.
Hangman for masochists
A sensory deprivation game in which players must manage their senses and abilities to destroy or evade their opponents.
A less convenient form of analog hangman.
En Gore is a two player turn-based strategy game testing speed and dexterity using the concepts of foil fencing.
The paradoxical combinations of WOW.
Analyzing the structure of transitional spaces, from Donkey Kong's blank screens to Zelda’s interactive Hyrule Field.
Play through five interconnected levels of Lewis Carroll's poem, getting new perspective on the world with each level.
A three player cooperative game. Players must work together to escape an increasingly haunted house before it turns them against each other.
A four player competitive game. Players controls both above-ground humans and below-ground rabbits to inflict insanity on the other players.
A 2 to 4 player competitive game. Players must beat their opponents to the center of the board by managing both their health and morality levels.
A monkey must navigate through a hostile environment with the help of a robot built from pieces of his spaceship.
Catch enough cardinals to get the monkey's spaceship airborne again.
Help the monkey avoid distractions and find his spaceship in the center of the planet.
Play Russian Roulette against Brandon with a six-barreled revolver.
Help the riders fight off the baddies and protect their stagecoach full of gold.
Protect Estelle's shadow from the harsh city lights
Keep yourself illuminated by following the pulsing light.
Flog and flirt with your crowds of suitors to make all the money you can.
The binary glove teaches concepts of binary sequences and bits in a fun and engaging way.
An interactive game performance system where users match their bodies to iconic poses in pop culture.
The player controls a boy and a girl, one at a time, as they explore a cave.
The Thrill of Combat is a two player game of organ harvesting.
Flatland ARG!!! is a team based augmented reality game with costumes, props, Nokia tablets, spy balloons, physical stamina, and strategy.
Detonate all the angry deities by arranging chain reactions.
A multiplayer game for cooperative meditative chanting. It uses custom pitch detection software to compare the pitch-based distance between two microphones.
Corporate Ladder is a strategic game of stacking blocks for 4 to 6 players. The object of the game is to take up the most space.
Two machines take turns trying to guess each other's next guess. Neither side ever knows if it won, only if they lost.
A sight-reading music game using overhead projection and the Arduino controller to create an immersive interface
Participants make paper airplanes and launch them through a series of mechanically animated scissors.
Gemini Rue: a retro, neo-noir, full length, point ‘n click, dual-narrative adventure.
an online flameware about the fantasy game Everquest