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Scents & Semiosis

by Sam Kabo Ashwell profile, Cat Manning profile, Caleb Wilson profile, and Yoon Ha Lee


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About the Story

A perfumer keeps a private collection of scents, each tied to a memory. Decide what they mean.

Scents & Semiosis makes heavy use of procedural generation to create strange perfumes, full lives, and potent associations, with some alternate history around the edges.

Game Details

Language: English (en)
First Publication Date: March 9, 2020
Current Version: 1.3
License: Freeware
Development System: Inform 7
Forgiveness Rating: Merciful
IFID: F0D40E80-F5F8-47CE-A09E-7C17D30E93D1
TUID: h8lrej4fid9cd3u3

Off-Site Reviews

The Gaming Philosopher

What we're looking at is a semiotic machine, a machine that doesn't so much generate meaning, as it embodies it. There is a sense in which it spews out texts that the reader gets to interpret; but even more crucially, it is itself the result of thousands of acts of interpretation of its author. And knowing about those acts of interpretation actually gives more meaning to the texts that are generated. The fascination of the piece -- at least for me, and one would suspect for the author as well -- lies in seeing how the choices of the author end up generating the texts that end up being generated.
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50 Years of Text Games, by Aaron A. Reed
Scents & Semiosis is undoubtedly a game that was grown. In it, you take the role of a perfumer thumbing through a collection that samples your life’s work, reveling in the memories each scent brings to mind and the associations it suggests. The game’s scope is deliberately small, encompassing only a handful of lingering moments.
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v.3: 15-Mar-2020 10:10 - Victor Gijsbers
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v.2: 10-Mar-2020 01:43 - Sam Kabo Ashwell
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