You and the Garden is a first-person game of exploration and intimacy in which the player explores a low-poly garden space, encountering an artificial intelligence presence within. Using a variety of player modeling and artificial-intelligence planning techniques, the non-embodied AI presence responds to the player, producing a dialogue of play between the player and the game. Beyond simple exploration through the space, the player also has access to an in-game console to manipulate objects and interact with the game. Together, the player and game explore an alternative to the grand fantasies of AI, forming a personal and intimate relationship of understanding between two equal entities.
You and the Garden was selected as a finalist in the Dare to be Digital 2015 game development competition and shown at the Dare ProtoPlay Festival in Dundee, Scotland. It has also been awarded the UCSC Arts Division and Plantronics Creativity and Innovation Scholarship. The game is still in development and is a long-term collaboration between myself and designer Adrian Phillips.