Just Don’t Smile

Peter Sheehan (2019)

Just Don’t Smile was an interactive arcade of games and animations by College of Fine Arts senior Peter Sheehan. Transforming beloved gaming icons into fascist dictators, twisting freemium model games into their exploitative culminations, and depicting queer love between two alien groundhogs, Just Don’t Smile sought to entangle the wires which rigidly order gaming culture. It presented games which challenged players to think about the relationships present between violence, capital, and play, and the dissociation and dissonance between one’s ethical, moral standards and the real life high stakes games we constantly find ourselves in.
It included:

  • Kitchen Sink
  • Orbitorbi
  • I, Pencil: An Adaptation of Leonard Read’s fairy tale
  • 1000 Places to See in the Dark
  • You, Me, Virus
  • Realty
  • Wario World War III

Made possible with support from the Frank-Ratchye Fund for Art @ the Frontier.