In the Middle Ages, the word "ritual" referred to a set of acts performed for a religious ceremony. Today, we use the word to describe quotidian chores and habits: Such as, "showering and making coffee are part of my morning ritual." Instead of serving a higher religion, rituals now act as an excuse for the individual to scratch a deeper psychological itch -- to be more productive, feel more connected, distract from worries. With the rise of consumer electronics, an increasing number of our rituals involve computers and mobile devices. Reality Calling is a mobile and web game about the ritual of using and checking our phones. While mobile apps are ostensibly making our lives better, with push notifications and habit-forming loops, they are intentionally built to be addictive by scratching those deeper psychological itches. We created Reality Calling to remind the player that while there is usefulness in technology, the world is out there, ready to be engaged but passing by with every click, tap, and swipe.
One hand tied behind my back
Tools and Technologies:
Sean Gabriel, Rachel Gawley, Isabella Liu, Shweta Sagari