2018 AMI Online Salon

Project Details

  • Artist(s):  Liza Knipscher
  • Contributors: Liza Knipscher, Andrea Schmitz, Stephanie O’Neil; Vestal, New York
  • Client: University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Copyright: © 2017 Liza Knipscher, Stephanie O’Neil, and Andrea Schmitz
  • Medium / software used: Unity 3D, 3DS Max, Adobe Illustrator, Corel Painter
  • Final presentation format: PC Game
  • Primary audience: Educated general audience

Project Description

Opsonization is a two-player game created to teach people about macrophages, B cells, and how they work together through the process of opsonization to eliminate threats to the body. One player, as a B cell, sprays antibodies onto viruses, making them visible to the second player. The second player, as a macrophage, phagocytoses the viruses. The goal of the game is to eliminate the viruses before they destroy too many cells in the body.

The multiplayer aspect of the game emphasizes the collaboration between B cells and macrophages, and it also adds a social component that makes the game more engaging to a general audience. The lush, colorful visuals are also designed for mass appeal, showing simplified representations of the cellular environment, viruses, B cell, and macrophage.

(UI design by Andrea Schmitz, programming by Liza Knipscher, and asset creation by Stephanie O’Neil.)