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Calm.games

VISUAL DESIGN

Calm.games is a streaming channel that provides a reassuring approach to playing stressful video games.

 

By adopting mechanisms used in meditation apps, offering reassuring Twitch chatbot responses, using spa-like music and various pop up images, the project examines the impact of inducing stress in games and how often games mirror the tension created by our packed working lifestyles.

 

A competitive and stress inducing approach can often create a barrier to entry for potential new gamers thus limiting their participation. By blending some characteristics of the meditation and ASMR genre, a new audience can be unlocked. I created the branding and various assets for the channel.

CHANNEL BRANDING

CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT

In a draft livestream, I explored using a 'day in the life' vlogging style with horror survival game Don't Starve Together. The streaming experience used a lo-fi collage style that I would later refine.

 

The first steam helped me develop my concept: building a relaxing atmosphere for a stressful game. I found that the contrast with the horror survival game genre created an interesting tension in the video and that this would be further enhanced by using a more traditional horror game.

OTHER ARTIFACTS

Triggered by the !itsok comment the baby bunny is meant to reassure the player in a moment of fear like a jump scare or a shocking image.

The !light  command triggers a change in background. It's brightness is meant to be reassuring when the game scene becomes very dark

Responses from the Twitch chatbot to chat commands during the final stream

The !breathe command triggers this gif to encourage the player to take a deep breath when they are scared.

The Spotify playlist cover

Twitch channel banner