The students Dario D’Ambra and Nina Kiel (Master “Game Development and Research” at Cologne Game Lab) and their game “Don’t Make Love” are nominated for the prestigious “Independent Games Festival” award in the category “Best Student Game”!
“Kyklos Code”, another game by CGL students, receives an Honorable Mention in the same category.
In “Don’t Make Love”, the players slip into the role of a praying mantis dating a potential partner and are confronted with a big dilemma: Although the protagonist and partner want to finally express their love through physical closeness, the sexual act could have terrible consequences: Namely the death of the male, if the female gives in to her instincts and eats him up alive. The goal is to find a balance between affection and safe distance in order to maintain the relationship in the long term – or to consciously pursue the sexual impulses together with the partner. The entire game focuses on a dialogue that is completely free by text input. The partner reacts sensibly to expressions of love, rejection and even desperate small talk attempts. With facial expressions and gestures, the respective emotional state can be given additional expression.
The Independent Games Festival (IGF) is an annual festival for the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. The largest annual meeting of the indie game industry was founded in 1998 to drive innovation in the video game industry. After 20 years, it is the most important indie gaming award worldwide. This year’s ceremony will take place on March 21, 2018.