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Cloud game from the University of Southern California

Posted on | February 19, 2006 | 1 Comment

Below text excerpted from the article “The Game That Makes People Cry”, Sydney Morning Herald

Dragging clouds through the sky. That’s the most exciting activity you can do in Cloud, a new computer game where you play a young boy who flies through the air above a small group of islands.

Add in slow melodic piano music and beautiful water-colour graphics, and Cloud becomes the only relaxing game I can ever recall playing.
The game goes beyond the usual, hopelessly basic, range of emotions elicited by computer games: anger, frustration and aggressiveness.

Cloud, which can be downloaded for free, has come out of the Electronic Arts Game Innovation Lab at the University of Southern California.
The lab’s brief is to “try and create projects that could drive games into new areas”, says Tracy Fullerton, co-director of the lab, who was in town last week for the Interactive Entertainment 2005 conference at the University of Technology, Sydney.

While Fullerton is dead against censorship – like most gamers – she does think computer games are too limited.
“Games today have a very narrow range of emotions,” she says. “I think that in order for games to appeal to a wider range of players, they have to address a wider range of content but also a deeper range of emotions.”

Read full article here.

Cloud website, where you can download the game for free (looks like Windows only): www.thatcloudgame.com

On Jan 25th 2006, Cloud won Slamdance Film Festival Guerilla Gamemaker Competition Best Student Philosophy Award.
Cloud is also a winner of the Independent Games Festival 2006 Student Showcase competition.


One Response to “Cloud game from the University of Southern California”

  1. Caitlin
    September 21st, 2006 @ 10:01 am

    helen, I saw this in california — it’s beautiful. If you have a pc (it doesn’t run on mac yet) I think you can download it. better yet, if you have a laptop we should hook it up in TEL to the Barco projector and play it together there.

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