College of Computing and Digital Media Dissertations

Date of Award

Spring 6-10-2021

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


School of Design

First Advisor

Brian Schrank, PhD

Second Advisor

Peter McDonald, PhD

Third Advisor

Allen Turner


This game seeks to bridge nuanced gameplay with more expansive themes of existentialism, life, and death. I attempt to bridge these concepts together through the mechanics and visuals, both of which play an integral role to one another. Through consistently evolving imagery that increases in complexity from a gameplay perspective I seek to elicit a reflective and emotional response from the player. My attempts with the project are to allow players to draw their own conclusions on what the greater meaning of the game is as well as what each individual component in the game could represent. Oftentimes, the subtleties of imagery and of motion can be enough to entice reflection or think about how something subtle can surface overarching philosophical questions.



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