REVISIONS is an autobiographical, metafictional vignette game for Windows and MAC OS. Players join the game's creator through a series of minigames chronicling past trauma. Then, the designer invites the players to re-examine these vignettes by giving them behind-the-scenes access to each vignette.
Steve Cha, Creative Director & Game Director
Xiaoliang Shen, Producer
Bethany Martin, Art Director
Christina Orcutt, Visual Artist
Allison Comrie, UI Artist
Cynthia Cantrell, Visual Artist
Dave Yan, Engineer
Jung-ho Sohn, Tech Artist
Thomas Lu, Tech Artist
Yiwen Dai, Tech Artist
Jesse Mandapat, Sound Designer
Steven Pranoto, Composer
Patrick Quah, Editor
REVISIONS is Steve Cha's USC MFA Thesis project. The game is a study in metafiction as both commentary and personal expression. Inspired by self-aware works such as M. Butterfly, Annie Hall and Stanley Parable, REVISIONS finds the game's designer revealing to the player illusions/shortcuts common in game design and discusses how these illusions are applicable to falsehoods in life and in .
The original prototype played with simple illusions, showing images first in 2D orthographic before switching to 3D perspective camera. Images that were whole reveal themselves to be fragmented; characters that seemed close reveal themselves as far apart. The initial success of these prototypes launched the game's creator into a study of how games deceive us, and how these deceptions are metaphorical to the way memories deceive us.