Posts Tagged ‘Hieronymus Bosch’

Bish Bash Bosch: Cave! Cave! Deus Videt

Capes are compulsory in art museums

Today I have spent part of my morning as a teenaged Spanish boy who has St Anthony thrust upon him as his psychotherapist. Or, to put it another way, I’m playing episode zero of CAVE! CAVE! DEUS VIDET* – a game based on the work of Hieronymous Bosch.

The reason I was particularly interested to play it is that Bosch is famed for his complicated fantastical scenes, yet this game deals in stylish minimalism. You know those minimalist movie posters? This is that but for Bosch’s artwork. It also won the Bosch Art Game competition last year so I wanted to see how it dealt with the artworks in question.

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Swanning About: Zwan

I think I had a nightmare about this once, and I think it will happen again tonight
A seagull on the roof screeched and gave me an irretrievable sense of self-loathing this morning, and I opened up Zwan, a game designed for the Bosch Art Game competition, and bellowed my whole disquiet with the world into it like some anguished moose that has just been shot by Todd Palin. I have never been so unsettled by a game, and it reminded me of what an effect mood can have on our experience of games, of music, of anything really.

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Unhinged Melody: Will You Ever Return?

The day that painting stops being funny is the day I want to stop living

What do the film Ghost, plasticine, brutality to trees, church organs, Will Smith and three disembodied heads floating in poo have in common?

The answer is, of course, your mum. But by an astonishing coincidence, all these elements may also be found in Hell-based indie sorta-adventure game/waking nightmare Will You Ever Return?
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