You are at home on a cold Christmas night, stuck at home, in a foreign country. You get through it by cooking a hot dish intended for six people.

Hot Pot For One is a game about the bitterness of lonely times, and the sweet comfort of food that keeps us going. We wish to evoke those emotions through simple and smooth interactions such as putting ingredients into the pot, watching them cook, seeing them being eaten, and eventually dumping the rest away.

qy595 + Rachel Li
Class: Thesis 1 - 2020
Instructor:  Bennett Foddy    
 Mitu Khandaker      Frank Lantz    

The concept of the game came from our personal experiences as international students. One of the most challenging things about living in a foreign country is that you are far away from your family and friends. And that can be very lonely. Luckily, one thing that can put our minds at ease in those times of difficulty has been to make and eat food from home. The familiar taste of hometown summons happy memories, and warms our hearts. It helps us retain our power to fight on.

Those experiences inspired us to take this opportunity to express the loneliness of being away from home, as well as the satisfaction of consuming our favorite food, in the form of a game.

Download and learn more about the game here.