Joaquin Phoenix's character in Spike Jonze's plays the unnamed, fictional video game designed and animated by David O'Reilly.
Samantha, the artificially intelligent operating system, wasn't the only impressive tech in Spike Jonze's Her. Joaquin Phoenix's character plays a futuristic video game in the film that is now, in a way, coming to life.
The animator and designer of the fictional game, David OReilly, announced the release of his first indie game — Mountain — at the Horizon Indie Game Conference at E3 on Thursday.
Known as a "mountain simulator," OReilly explained that when players start the game, they are first asked to draw pictures based on a series of open-ended questions. Based on their answers to those questions, the game will create a unique mountain for the player to trek. These images will also affect other variables such as snowfall levels, types of vegetation and the terrain.
Additional features of the game are cryptically listed on its website and include: "no controls, automatic save, audio on/off switch, time moves forward, things grow and things die, nature expresses itself, around 50 hours of gameplay, and once generated, you cannot be regenerated."
At the conference, OReilly further explained, though still somewhat cryptically, that features like a day-and-night cycle and seasons "interacts with what grows and dies on the mountain, and it all interacts with itself."
In an interview with Vice in February, when asked if he had plans to make an actual game, OReilly said that he "got into animation from a love of cinema but if I was starting now I’d surely be making games."
"I get more e-mails from game designers inspired by my stuff than anyone else and it makes me feel like an old man," OReilly told Vice "I’ve been saying it for years; the indie game scene is way more active and exciting than the indie 3D scene."
Mountain will be released on June 21st 2014, and, according to The Verge, will cost about $1.