Games

Games and toys

The following is a YouTube Playlist of games, animations and interactive media projects I made between 1990 and now:

Individual Projects and Jams
  • Critical Gameplay
    • Wait (2009,2017,2019)
    • Stolen Kisses (2013)
    • You, A Very Meaningful Game (2013)
    • Bang! (2009, 2012)
    • Healer (2011 2018)
    • Big Huggin’ (2012)
    • Levity (2011)
    • Match (2010)
    • Simultaniety (2010)
    • Black/White (2009)
    • Charity (2009)
  • Commercial Games and Culture Jams
    • Art Heist, White Hat (2018)
    • Penguin Roll (2012)
    • Bye, Bye Birds (2012)
    • Bikini Beach Zombie Massacre (2012)
    • My Child Knows Chinese (2013)
    • Black Like Me (2013)
    • Stolen Kisses (2012)
    • EveryDay Heroes (2012)
  • Jam Games
    • Hurl the Harasser [2017]: NewsJam
    • Rich Raul [2016]: Global Game Jam
    • Extinction [2011]: Global Game Jam
    • Letter Blaster [2008]: Games for Helen Retro Remake
  • Traditional Game Development
    • Fake News Shooter (2017): Human Computation Game
    • Polyglot Cubed [2008-2012]: Educational
    • 3rd World Shooter [2008-2009]: Educational "DocuGame"
    • Zombie Master [2006]: First Person Shooter
    • Health-E[2005]: Educational Action
  • Art Games and Toys
    • The Unbearable Lightness of Being [2018]
    • Drift Interruptions [2008]
    • Conversations [2007]
    • Bounce [2008]
    • Music Box [2006, 2009]

Group Studio Projects

  • American University Game Lab
    • 2017 Factitious: Executive Director, Creative Director (Version 2)
    • 2017 Square Off: Creative Director (Concept): Square Off
    • 2017 Awkward Annie: Creative Director (Concept), Developed Prototype
    • 2015 STEAM EV: Creative Director, Developed Prototype
    • 2015 Robot Sorter: Creative Director (Concept), Developed Prototype
    • 2015 Text Persuasion: Creative Director, Lead Developer
    • 2015: Delivery Drone: Project Lead
  • Miami University A-Game Studio
    • 2013 Edgar Allen Poe's Tell Tale Heart: Design Lead
    • 2012 eCredable Credit Chase: Design Lead, Artist

 

 

Individual Game Projects

Critical Gameplay [2009-2015]: Art+Design

Critical Gameplay is a collection of strategically designed video games. Each game asks the question, what do common game mechanics teach us? The games in the collection are designed to help reevaluate our perspective on gameplay experiences. Like Critical Cartography changes the way we perceive the world, critical gameplay seeks to offer alternate perspectives on the way we play.

Critical Gameplay: Wait
Big Huggin' Critical Gameplay
Critical Gameplay: Healer
Critical Gameplay: Bang!
Critical Gameplay: Simultaneity-All 4 One
Critical Gameplay: Black White
Critical Gameplay: Bang!
Critical Gameplay: Levity
Critical Gameplay: Charity
You, A Very Meaningful Game
Stolen Kisses, an Affection Game
Everyday Heroes

 

Mindtoggle Games [1985, 2014]: Play

Mindtoggle Games makes casual games for a casual life. The games are designed for mobile devices and lightly employ the alternative mechanics of the Critical Gameplay project. The games are the commercial exploration of critical gameplay.

Game Jam Games (48 hours or less)

Hurl the Harasser [2017]: Rhetoric Game

Developed with Maggie Farley and Joyce Rice the game is an experiential metaphor for the situation of women who have been subjected to sexual harassment. Players remove the bubble of shame by helping victims speak out, eventually tipping the scales of power to catapult the harasser away.

Made as part of the Newsjam at the University of Miami

Rich Raul [2016]: Rhetoric Game

A game made for the Global Game Jam 2016 "ritual" theme in 24 hours. Players evade taxes in 2 levels, first dodging taxes, an later collecting money and incentives at the detriment of the shirtless masses who's score/network is 1/1000th of the player's.

, Nurture Extinction Game Extinction [2011]: Rhetoric Game
A quick procedural rhetoric game about balancing nurture and extinction. The player(s) must keep all the plants alive to win. There are limited resources, so use them wisely. Designed for one player or multiple players on one keyboard. Designed and developed in 24 hours as part of Global Game Jam, Miami University 2011. [Video]
Letter Blaster Letter Blaster [2008]: Games for Helen Retro Remake
This is a quick game I made for the Games for Helen category of the 2008 Retro Remakes competition. It's a remake of a game I played when I was learning to type.
   

Traditional Development Cycle

(1-3 month game dev)
Polyglot Screenshot

Fake News Shooter [2008-2012]: Human Computation

Using data parsed from the web, these 2 games and a toy, ask players to identify fake content from real. Two of the games use the mechanics of a Space Invaders styled shooter to ask players to identify either real domains for fake, or real headlines from fake. The third game asks players to pick all the fake images in 30 seconds or less each round. When the game ends or time runs out, the player can see a list of their performance compared to others. With the toy, they are immediately shown what percentage of times the image was shown that it was identified as fake.

Polyglot Screenshot

Polyglot Cubed [2008-2012]: Educational
An educational practice tool and game prototype for learning languages. It is designed to entertain while enforcing language comprehension. Polyglot can be used to improve comprehension of a variety of languages with minimal training.

Polyglot Screenshot

3rd World Shooter [2008-2009]: Educational "DocuGame"
An educational game prototype for imparting the history of the PAICV in the 1970s. The game is a prototype for docugame concept Id like to test. The game is a work in progress, completed in a weekend.

Zombie master Screenshot

Zombie Master [2006]: First Person Shooter
Zombie Master is a first-person adventure shooter in the tradition of 1950’s horror films and graphic novels. The player must find his missing daughter and destroy an army of the undead. 10,000+ downloads to date.

Health-E screenshot
Health-E[2005]: Educational Action
An educational game prototype meant to interest students in the processes of the human immune system. The game’s player character is a killer-T cell in the blood of an infected body. The player must come in contact with infected cells to cleanse them of the infection, while avoiding bacteria and virulent cells. The game play is analogous to a 3D version of Pac-Man
Rise of the Dead  Screenshot Rise of the Dead, Laduca’s Revenge [2005]: 3rd Person Action (Group Project)
An action-exploration game. It combines the fun of hackand-slash action games with the challenge of solving a maze. The game is displayed in 3D stereoscopic display for the University of Illinois' GeoWall system. The gameplay is modeled after the classic game Gauntlet.

Games for Art Sake / Play Art

Drift Interruptions

The Unbearable Lightness of Being [2018]
A playable adaption of Kundera’s literary work, The Unbearable Lightness of Being. The game attempts to explore heuristically the ambiguity of meaning presented in making a playful experience through abstraction of meaning and representation. What does it mean to translate literary works into playful forms? How is meaning changed by the ambiguity of symbolic language?

Drift Interruptions

Drift Interruptions [2008]
A project to visualize the structure of story. Version 4 includes a play tool in which the player creates a story by collecting items between multiple dimensions.

Conversations Thumbnail Conversations [2007]
An unguided exploration of other people’s conversations within a virtual space. The conversations are emitted from abstract primitives in a 3D environment. The piece seeks to strip the illusion of character avatars, expose bare simulacra, and convey the memory of electronic devices. The goal is to provide the participant an opportunity to explore a world that is an ambiguous cacophony of the fiction and non-fiction memory of this device.
Bounce Game Thumbnail

Bounce [2008]:
Description:
Site-specific, motion activated computer vision game where small, anonymous avatars follow the visitor as they traverse the stairs - giggling distinctly upon each movement. The software uses motion sensing, a physics engine, and stereoscopic sound to create an implied augmentation of reality.

Music Box Music Box [2006]
Music Box is an artistic implementation of emergent behavior and procedural content generation for (visual) music production. The performance version of Music Box employs a flocking algorithm to display animated notes that rise from a written score, then move to create a distinctive flock-lead musical arrangement.  The result is emergent sound; a musical arrangement directed by the visual representation of flocking.

American University Game Studio

(2014-2018)
2017 Factitious: Executive Director, Creative Director (Version 2)
Factitious Game
  • Conceptual Designer & Content Editor: Maggie Farley
  • Lead Artist & UI/UX Designer: Joyce Rice
  • Developer & Designer: Chas Brown
  • Evaluator and Designer: Kelli Dunlap
  • Producer & Designer: Cherisse Datu
  • Senior Producer: Bob Hone
  • Game Design Guru/ Executive Director: Lindsay Grace
  • Editorial Consultant: Amy Eisman
  • Original Concept by Maggie Farley
In the News: NPR, Newsweek, Houston Chronicle, Nieman Lab


2017 Square Off: Creative Director (Concept): Square Off
Client: Polygon / VOX Storytelling Studio
Square Off Polygon Game
  • Art director, game designer: Joyce Rice
  • Design and Analysis: Kelli Dunlap
  • Project Manager, content and development: Cherisse Datu
  • Original Concept: Lindsay Grace
2015 STEAM EV: Creative Director
Client: ETS
Robot Sorter Project Lead, Designer, Developer: Lindsay Grace
2017 Awkward Annie: Creative Director (Concept)
Client: ETS
Awkward Annie
  • Project Manager: Bob Hone
  • Lead Developer: Chas Brown
  • Developers: Alex Cha, Rehaf Aljammaz
  • Artist: Patrick McEvoy
  • Creative Director, Concept: Lindsay Grace
Jackson, T., Grace, L., Inglese, P., Wain, J., Hone, B. Awkward Annie: Game-Based Assessment of English Pragmatic Skills, In Proceedings of the 14th international Conference on Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology, London, UK
2015 Robot Sorter: Creative Director (Concept)
Client: ETS
Robot Sorter
  • Creative Director, Concept: Lindsay Grace
  • Project Manager: Bob Hone
  • Developer: Amir Goudarzi
  • Art Direction: Chris Totten
  • Artist: Julian Parker
2015 Text Persuasion: Creative Director, Developer
Robot Sorter
  • Creative Director, Designer, Developer: Lindsay Grace
  • Lehman, B. Hebert, D., Jackson, T., Grace, L. 2017. Affect and Experience: Case Studies in Games and Test-Taking, 35th Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI - ACM), Denver, USA

 

2015: Delivery Drone: Project Lead
Delivery Drone Game
  • Design and Development: Mike Treanor
  • Art: Chris Totten
  • Design advising: Josh McCoy
  • Project Lead: Lindsay Grace

Miami University Game Center A-Game Studio

2013 Edgar Allen Poe's Tell Tale Heart (role: Design Lead)

2015: Delivery Drone: Project Lead
Edgar Allen Poe - Telll Tale Heart
  • Design and Development: Mike Treanor
  • Development: Tristan Carkuff
  • Develpment: Steven Harvey
  • Project Management and Promotion: Derek Rumpler
  • Design: James Earl Cox III
  • Project Lead, Creative Lead: Lindsay Grace
2016: Designer, Artist
Client: ECredable
 
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