Thomas Newlands is a game developer interested in the sensory intimate experiences afforded by digital play.
softfriends is a textural adventure game in which players repeatedly unite deformations on a shifting surface. These two deformations hide from the player in plain sight, only revealed by their motion. When united, they are scattered again into the shifting texture of the surface. As the player repeats this meditative gesture of decerning deformations and pulling them together – the surface sings to the player and reveals new forms.