In rustle your leaves to me softly: an ASMR plant dating simulator, by Jess Rowan Marcotte and Dietrich Squinkifer, players form a relationship with one or more plants by touching and stroking them and listening to the ASMR soundscape feedback that is generated by their actions. The plant responds to the player’s touch by playing soothing sounds and plant-related words and poetry. Each plant has a different personality and preferences, determined by their physical properties, which players are invited to gently explore. This game explores what it is like to anticipate and respond to the desires of an “other” that we cannot know the mind of.
OFFICIAL SELECTION: ARS ELECTRONICA 2018, HEXAGRAM CAMPUS EXHIBITION.