‘It is As if You Were Playing Chess’ is a work by Pippin Barr, scholar at Concordia University in Montreal. It is a simple and beautiful video game I found in an article on KillScreen. I interviewed the creator and I tried to explore its rich meanings.
“It is As if You Were Playing Chess” simulates a game of chess, but in a radically different way than we are used to. It does not show the player a single piece on the board, nor a board at all for that matter. Instead, it displays a black screen and, through just words, arrows and little white dots/crosses, it gives the player instructions on which actions to take next. Even if you cannot see it, these actions guide you through an actual classic chess game, in which the little dots are the pieces and the arrows are the moves on the board. Continue reading ‘It is As if You Were Playing Chess’ – Pippin Barr