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Working exclusively with W/ARE presents both an incredible opportunity and interesting challenges for us as developers. Their EEG and tACS systems allow us to receive an incredible amount of direct feedback from the player. However, as the game itself is directly induced into the image processing regions of the brain, it makes it challenging to express what the experience is actually like.

In order to be able to share the game with our audience as it develops, we have dedicated a great deal of our development time is focused on creating a virtualized neurological image-processing analogue system—basically an AI brain—that can process signals from the game engine and output graphical results in .jpg and .mpeg formats. We’ve nicknamed the system ORTHAGON.

While both the game and the ORTHAGON Graphical Processing system are in very early alpha, we would like to share some of the test assets that the system has generated for us. These assets have been generated based on descriptive text provided by community volunteers.

tree with frame
Input by: dazzman50 – Focus on the word “Tree” and describe in a few words what you see. “Dark, gnarled bark. Slightly hunched over, with bright green leaves hanging down in thick bunches. Tall and ominous looking, with thick roots visible”
spider stalker
Input by: FilthyClaudetteMain – In a few words, describe an object or entity that frightens you. “Overly large insects and spiders.”
hospital with frame
Input By: Mudogma – In a few words, describe a building which you have a strong memory (positive or negative) of. “A hospital is where people are born and comforted when they die. You have joy Comfort sadness calmness urgency in the extreme there and often close together.”
skeleton
Input By: dazzman50 – In a few words, describe an object or entity that frightens you. “Anything skeletal, especially if moving jerkily and quickly. With animalistic and threatening gestures”
bridge with frame
Input By: ktoragodzina – In a few words, describe a building which you have a strong memory (positive or negative) of. “as a kid, i was always afraid of bridges. that kind of stayed until today, but turned more into curiosity.”
grandmother with frame
Input By: arcticblue – In a few words, describe a person that makes you feel happy or at peace. “My grandmother or my children.”
forest
Input by: Epick_Odyssey – Focus on the word “Tree” and describe in a few words what you see. “I see a forest of pine trees. In early spring as pine cones start to form and life re awakens. Birds are being birthed, and squirrels are beginning to awake. I see life. Everywhere”

brutalist library
Input by: Howsthemanualblinkin In a few words, describe a building which you have a strong memory (positive or negative) of. library building of my previous University. Brutalist architecture mixed with colors and materials of the 70s. Strange spaces meant for human congregation but seemingly foreboding.”
flower girl
Input by: devinup – In a few words, describe a person that makes you feel happy or at peace. A girl who grows flowers in a small garden at a church and then sells the flowers to passersby on the street”

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