all drawings by Eleanor Davis
"We Dwell in Possibility" (WeDIP) is a new queer gardening simulation game about planting bodies and ideas, and watching them grow into a kinetic landscape. You can currently play it in your browser on the Manchester International Festival's (MIF's) "Virtual Factory" website
. The game should take about 5-10 minutes to play.
It was made over several months in collaboration with world-famous illustrator (+ co-designer) Eleanor Davis
and Manchester-based rockstar musician aya
as a commission for MIF. (Also shout-outs to illustrator Sophia Foster-Dimino
and sound designer Andy Grier
for their incredible work!)
Some people may be familiar with my past work
: uncanny CG beefcake sex games that toy with hardcore gamer aesthetics, which only run on laptop / desktop computers. For the longest time, I've wanted to make a gay mobile game, but I was unsure how to get my queer politics past Apple and Google's anti-sexuality censors. It's impossible to get anything on a phone without their long withheld permission... unless... I made a browser game?
The history of browser games
celebrates the open internet that exists beyond Silicon Valley's sterilized closed garden. However, the photorealistic 3D graphics of my past games are too heavy and slow for a mobile browser, so I need to make a 2D game even though I've neglected my 2D visual skills. Fortunately, MIF's support has made my creative collaborations not only possible, but enjoyable.
NOTE: this post "spoils" much of what happens in the game, so proceed at your own risk.