Design / Entertainment / Play



Kellee Santiago and Jenova Chen, co-founders of thatgamecompany, find the emotional palette used in most traditional video games to be too narrow. Gamers, they believe, want experiences that strike the full range of expressive chords, just like anybody who enjoys a good story. Their new game for Playstation 3, Flower, exploits the tension between urban bustle and natural serenity. Accumulate petals as you play while the virtual setting swings between the pastoral and the chaotic. As in the real world, everything you pick up causes the environment to change. Only here, Santiago and Chen hope, by the end of the journey you’ll have changed a little, too.