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Walls is a short, avant-garde, puzzle runner game meant to capture the complex social concept of intersectionality, as coined by black feminist theorist, Kimberlé Crenshaw.

This was a student project and mostly a proof of concept to show that games can be used artistically to show complex concepts through gameplay systems alone, without need for things like cinematic cutscenes. Though it is extremely simple, the gameplay of walls creates ludo-narrative and this on its own can function as allegory or social commentary. 


Controls:

WASD to move

R to restart game, L to restart level

Hold G to enter slow motion (only as a white cube)


Note from an older, better, wiser Pat Healy

Looking at this project many years later, I now see it as a pretty bad game. It was a fun way to do a class project and destructible objects are fun but it's pretty rough overall -- mainly because its allegory is terrible! It's a really dumb (mis)understanding of what intersectionality is. 

I keep it on my page because it's not really embarrassing enough to take down and it was my first game that really tried to play with procedural rhetoric, even if I didn't really understand what that meant at that point. 

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Walls.app.zip 117 MB

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