Quilko’s Song

Fall 2017 Prototype | Arthouse | Unity (Mobile)



Artistic Statement

Research on “mindset,” a concept developed over decades by Stanford University psychologist, Carol Dweck, finds that the bedrock of success is not talent or the brain you were born with, it’s how you view your abilities. Believing you’re a genius or that you‘ll never have what it takes – what Dweck calls a “fixed mindset” – keeps you stuck. Success hinges on adopting a “growth mindset,” the belief that the brain can get stronger through effort, strategy, and practice. Like a muscle, it can develop, create new connections, and become a real powerhouse.

Growth mindset emphasizes learning over achievement and encourages feedback that focuses on leaners‘ efforts and strategies rather than who they are as people. Many teens (and adults, for that matter) struggle with a fixed mindset and it negatively impacts their academic and personal success and well-being.

Deep Games Laboratory, in collaboration with iThrive Games, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering teens to thrive through gameplay, is developing Quilko’s Song, a single-player mobile game intended to raise awareness about the characteristics and benefits of a growth mindset.

Quilko’s Song uses interactive narrative elements, puzzles, and metaphor to introduce principles of growth mindset in the context of a fun and quirky story about personified planets. The first mission of the game centers on the legendary rock star planet, Spock Bowie, and his troubled son, Quilko.

As the player, you take the role of a rookie Warden of the Galaxy, charged with monitoring and maintaining the well-being of all planets. You learn that Quilko hid at the edge of the Universe after a failed performance as a child star. No one has heard from him since. But recently, his internal distress signal has become so loud, the Wardens were finally able to locate him. How will you help him?

By exploring Quilko’s exterior – where everything he has created is an expression of his mindset – and engaging him in dialogue, you begin to understand Quilko’s past and the factors that contributed to his fixed mindset. Moving inwards, deeper into Quilko’s belief system, you use the “power of Yet” to guide him to find what’s useful in the critical feedback he’s received from others and to embrace mistakes. You succeed by helping Quilko adopt a growth mindset and once more unleash his love for music.








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