Joyce G, Patricia T, Isabelle H, Eugenia D

We created an infinite 2-D game using HTML and JavaScript called LIvES (better known as LIES). The player is given a random character based on biological sex, and there are obstacles throughout the game that either add or deduct points (based on sex). There are three stages for the game: baby, teen, and adult, and as the game progresses, it gets faster. If the player collects the wrong item 3 times, then they lose one life; when they lose 3 lives, the game ends.

The problem we wanted to combat is how society forces stereotypes on people based on their biological sex. As babies, parents choose toys based on the sex. As teens, people are affected by society, social media, and our peers. As adults, people are affected by society's expectations on families and familial roles.

We decided to make a game that follows society's norms to reveal how absurd those stereotypes are. In addition, we decided to make it an infinite game to show how this cycle is never-ending if nothing changes. We also decided to make the boy able to collect more things to show how in society, men often are often at an advantage. For example, as adults, men are encouraged to be the main source of income for the family while women are expected to care for the household.

One problem we had was trying to find a way to code together where it would live-edit as if we were using Google Docs. We tried using GitHub on Atom, Brackets, Codeanywhere, and other websites, but none of them seemed to do what we wanted. In the end, we decided to break up the tasks so that not everyone had to code on their own computers. Eugenia designed, Joyce and Isabelle worked on the HTML, and Patricia worked on the JavaScript. We ended up adding everything together and we had a working website.

Our group, called JPIG, consists of Joyce G, Patricia T, Isabelle H, and Genia D. We are part of the Moody’s classroom for the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program.

This project was made by Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program students at Moodys (Bay Area).