I was never good with the crowds, even before they arrived with the risk of deadly respiratory infections. But I will make an exception for the wonderful colorful ocean of vibrant bodies that stroll, shop, and debut through this magnificent, hand-painted field.
We live in possibility is a free gardening sandbox by Robert Yang, a queer game developer (and former PC Gamer contributor), whose work is best summarized Hard guys—A perfect pixel recreation of an iconic viral video The British boys were hit with a chair. Working with cartoonist Eleanor Davis, her latest is a little softer, but no less interested in naked body politics.
We Dwell, a very practical experience, puts an open field in front of you. If you click and drag, flowers will be planted, while a parade of naked strangers begins to creep in slowly, at first and then in floods. Sometimes they come with decorations that, once they appear, will influence their behavior. Music equipment will make them dance, trees could give them hats, police greats will turn them into “conservatives” who chase others.
You can remove unsightly objects yourself by dragging them to the side of the screen. But sometimes one of your visitors will steal something from you, whether you like it or not. Maintaining the ideal garden requires constant vigilance.
It's a joy to see these "peeps," as Yang calls them, interact and flow through space in a way that is immediately reminiscent. The Michael Frei Kids crowd simulator. But inside an explainer accompanying the piece, Yang points out how he tried to infuse We Dwell with a more political tendency.
“As a player, you have to indirectly negotiate all these decisions with the Peeps, who also bring their politics and desires into the garden,” Yang writes. "For example, there are cops in this game. They wear beautiful rainbow pennants. Should there be cops in this garden? Liberal players could try to 'balance' a police presence with a 'limited joy,' queer players could prune. all the police completely, and conservative players could design a garden full of police and street trade, and so on. "
We Dwell in Possibility was created as part of the Manchester International Festival virtual factory installation, preceded by a tour of museums within Fortnite Creative of LaTurbo Avedon.