Auti-Sim – Sensory Overload Simulator

Autism Simulator

Auti-Sim is pretty much the thing you think it says, it is an Autism Simulator. The game focuses on one of the common aspects of Autism and opens the player to an understanding of what it would be like to experience Sensory Overload. For those who don’t know, Sensory Overload occurs when one of the body’s senses experiences over-stimulation from the environment. There are many environmental elements that impact an individual. Examples of these elements are urbanization, crowding, noise, mass media, science and technology, and the explosive growth of information. However, the game focuses on sound.

The game puts the player in the shoes of a child who experiences auditory sensory overload, and decides that playing at a kids park would be the best course of action to make the player understand just HOW annoying children can be. As you get close to the children you start to hear them get louder, almost as if they are shouting directly into your brain with their innocent high pitched death voices. As the sounds get louder the screen begins to show static, emphasizing just how terrifying being around faceless screaming children should be to the player. Once the player moves (or runs in our case) away from the other children your sense begin to even out, going back to feeling like you have control over your brain again. The game says a lot about how painful, stressful and lonely having sensory overload can be and is worth giving a go if you have the chance.

The simulation, created by a three-member team at the Vancouver Hacking Health hackathon, aims to raise awareness of the challenges of hypersensitivity disorder and help people understand how it can lead to isolation. The team is in the process of expanding the demo to a full game, with hopes of adding interactivity and more environments. Professionals that deal with autism in children will also collaborate. The game will serve as a teaching tool for the general public. “It was striking how an ordinary, everyday environment could pose significant challenges,” Kay told Mashable.

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Andrew Wilson
Andrew has been poking and prodding computers for 11 years who occasionally writes about Technology and Video Games while working towards getting his Bachelors in Computer Engineering. He is also one of the contributors to the Let's Play's on the site.