Autism and Game Development with JJ FoxPosted: 15 Feb 2023
JJ is an indie game developer currently working on Hymble Ventures, as well as a Safe In Our World Class of 2023 Ambassador. They are also a fan of cosplaying, kung-fu and heavy metal.
We discuss the common stigmas and misunderstandings surrounding autism in the games industry, and the ins and outs of autism awareness and acceptance. We chat about JJ’s game in development Hymble Ventures, which is a 3D puzzle platformer about an insect-like alien on the autism spectrum.
The core mechanics of Hymble Ventures are based on controlling the five senses (touch, taste, sight, smell, hear). For neurodiverse people, they can be hypersensitive to sensory information and may overreact to increasing stimuli. This autism trait is an inspiration to aspects of Hymble’s world such as quirky, organ-shaped berries that grant enhanced sight, or smell etc.
We cover JJ’s experiences of when they have not been supported in the workplace, and highlight the importance of valuing and supporting autistic people in game development.
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