Arts / Gaming

Let this cute, existential game about black holes take you into the weekend

It's called Why I Make Things.

"Why I Make Things" by Adelle Lin. (Courtesy image)

This comes from transpatial designer Adelle Lin. It’s called Why I Make Things and features a black hole (depicted as the Milky Way) slowly descending upon Lin’s open head.
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By hitting the S A D keys on your keyboard, you can eject hammers, saws and screwdrivers. When you eject the tools, sometimes a lonely-sounding string is plucked and sometimes a woman says, “Goodbye.” The black hole slowly but steadily encroaches on Lin’s head. There’s no “winning,” really. The black hole doesn’t stop. But you can throw tools at it, and that’s the best you can do.

“I was trying to communicate the feeling of being in the moment. That focus and trying have something come to fruition that you stop worrying about that external pressure that either we or society put upon ourselves, which sometimes can be all consuming,” Lin explained Friday morning. “It’s funny how doing something like that exposes you so much. A few people have said to me, ‘Now I know your brain,’ but many people also identified, so that’s great.”

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