Auti-Sim

By Taylan Kay - Added On 2/26/2013



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This game was developed during Hacking Health Vancouver 2013 hackathon. The player navigates through a playground as an autistic child with auditory hypersensitivity. Proximity to loud children causes sensory overload for the player, impacting cognitive functions. This impact is represented as visual noise and blur, as well as audio distortion. Participants described the experience as visceral, insightful and compelling.

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Posted By Chloi Rad 2/27/2013

As games evolve as an industry and an art form, so too does their capacity to be more than just entertainment. More and more often, we are seeing games that break free from the tradition of “fun” that has, in some ways, impeded its potential to offer a wider range of experiences. There are games that make us cry, that provide experiences that may differ from what some people know, that lay bare the devastating reality of something like depression. These games don’t rely on fun to engage us. They capture our attention in other ways. Auti-Sim dares neurotypical players to experience a moment in the life of an autistic child, experiencing a sensory overload on a busy playground.

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Belias
Belias 3 days ago
Goodbye eardrums.
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SpiritOfTheColdAndWind
Amazing. Very important to explain to people some of what autism is.......thanks a lot dev. Was brought here by PBS game show! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vO-MNP0itT4&index=2&list=UUr_2H8pPitVJ85bmpLwFUyQ
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VidavisPrime
VidavisPrime 6 days ago
Do not wear headphones with this game, so much ear rape, I think I can feel them bleeding...
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Kraken160th
Kraken160th 4 weeks ago
considering I have autism this pisses me off a great deal, it's autism not a freaking physical handicap we're still human and we can still adapt I don't understand why everyone thinks we can't survive in noise and only in quiet places we may be hypertensive but we can also single out almost everything around us in favor of one thing. this is a poor representation of people with autism and only enforces untrue stereotypes of us
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karnageX2W
karnageX2W 4 weeks ago
I got my autistic brother to play this game to see how accurate it was.
Here's the results
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hd1_Qs924yo&feature=youtu.be
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anjogemzon
anjogemzon 1 month ago
It is horrifying to think that something similar to this happens in the real world but the experience of this makes me more aware of such things.
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LordReserei
LordReserei 1 month ago
It was probably a bad idea to play this game considering that I'm an Aspie. I had a sensory overload. But I needed to see if this was a good simulation.
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ashleyislame
ashleyislame 2 months ago
Pretty eye-opening and sad. Good job.
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superbDOG46
superbDOG46 2 months ago
this is sad
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superbDOG46
superbDOG46 2 months ago
sensory overload!
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Developer: Taylan Kay
Genre: Strategy/Sim
Status: Complete
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