Thank you for the game
Pareidolia (or, Why I Saw Pac-Man Everywhere In 2020)
Pareidolia (or, Why I Saw Pac-Man Everywhere In 2020) is my game-essay entry for the Critical Distance pandemics and games essay jam which was held in early 2021.
the psychological phenomenon where we see recognizable shapes in clouds, rock formations, or otherwise unrelated objects or data
This short Bitsy game shares the connections I felt between Pac-Man and that weird year that was 2020. And please don't come away from the game thinking that I hate Pac-Man; I still have a great fondness for the pucky little game.
- Rowan Crawford
- CRITICAL DISTANCE
- Zoy and Joey
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this presented a really interesting perspective to me, as i had been oddly obsessed with pacman generally in 2020 but i had never connected it to avoiding people during the pandemic. i have joked about traversing grocery stores being akin to a stealth game, however. i'd also like to add that this bitsy is really technically impressive, good work!
How did you do moving objects on bitsy?
There are 2 ways to do it;
1. The way I did it in both of my earlier Bitsy games was to create multiple rooms, position the objects in different places in each room, and then link the rooms together with exists so that the objects look like they are moving but you're really just changing rooms. In fact the side-view scene with the bus in this game is achieved with that method.
just played! excellent work - I love how the maze theme is reinterpreted with each scene ❤️although now I’m afraid I’ll start seeing Pac-Man everywhere too 😬
Thanks Adam :D
(and thanks for all your work on Bitsy too! it's a lot of fun)
Using the feeling of getting sandwiched by ghosts in pac-man to capture the anxiety of avoiding people who don't seem to give a shit during a pandemic is honestly fucking brilliant. Gorgeous art too.