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Prepare to chill with your plant friends when Viridi arrives on August 20th

My mum used to flick the bag of slug pellets upwards so that they rained upon my brother’s grave with great spread. Each flick of the wrist sent hard blue balls of chemical into the air and I’d watch them descend over the soil. Some caught in the petals of the carnations. This taught me that slugs were pests when precious plants were around. Their greed had to be fooled to cause their death. But that is not the case in Viridi. There is no space for this friction. Instead, the sight of a snail slowly circling my plant pot…

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Viridi promises to capture the soothing art of potted plant care

When Ice Water Games launch Viridi later this summer, polygons will give way to carefully crafted stems, leaves, and petals, projecting out of the base of an equally pleasant pot of your choice. Flat yet strong colors, along with the feeling of lightness, achieved partially through an emphasis on pastels, will fill in the tender outlines of the agave, aloe, hens and chicks, echeveria, zebra cactus, and other varieties of greenery that you may choose to nurture. The game aspires to serve as a therapeutic respite  Viridi is a game about planting succulents, or thick, fleshy, water-retaining plants, and participating in and…

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A videogame about exploring the afterlife puts peoples’ lives in your hands

Humans have been obsessed with the concept of the afterlife for millennia. Ancient scripture and papyrus dating back as far as 3000 B.C. describes our ensouled body’s decay as opening an aperture to another realm, where our conscience can reside for ever after. The Ancient Egyptians and Greeks were convinced of it, and the majority of religions (and our fear of inexistence) have continued to spread the idea of life after death through to today. administer an anesthetic that will drain them of their life.  But in Ice Water Games’s “Antholojam” entry The Absence of Is, it is science that…