College of Computing and Digital Media Dissertations

Date of Award

Winter 3-10-2021

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


School of Design

First Advisor

Caleb Foss

Second Advisor

Peter McDonald

Third Advisor

Anna Anthropy


In "Atlas Planted," the game world plays as a life theater production where the storyline is influenced by player and other characters in a metaphorical and literal gardening mechanic. The emphasis on selfish vs selfless action in regards to energy and foliage serves as a critique of social responsibility and objectivism, the philosophy developed by Ayn Rand where each person is their own hero. According to that philosophy, if everyone were free to pursue their own greatest desires without directly harming others, the whole world would be better for it. In the case of these characters, how they pursue their core desires are influenced by Curiosity, Mistrust, Subservience, and Reclusive tendencies.



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