Monday, June 29, 2009
Actually, I didn't get too much work done. Barely touched the code. This is honest and truthful and everything. Bla bla bla. I did, however, write a song for a world that exists entirely in the plane of another person's head. I got through glum buster, which is this charityware game with some really nice atmosphere and cool game mechanic ideas. And stuff.
That's it. More when internet returns to its rightful computer owner.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Yes, there is a gun now. I've also implemented some stuff behind the scenes that deal with multiple entity interaction. I'm having to come up with a custom movescript system as well so I will be able to script cutscenes. Having consistent character physics is important, you know.
And yes, I did flake on the 2 screens thing. There's a bit more background work done, though. Maybe next week.
Saturday, June 6, 2009
By the way (barump chshhhh), I should probably compensate this post with some sort of meaty juicy gamey stuffs. So I'll talk about lofty ideas concerning the game story.
So apart from me being negligent and not doing work on the game because I've been obsessively playing a different one, I also have been considering the implications of how story will impact this one. My previous completed short games have had either no dialog, or a plot that was there simply so I can say that the game had a story. To say that much of what I've done in the past dialog-wise is shallow is an understatement. It will hopefully be different with this game.
I can confidently say that The Way provided further inspiration for me to go through with a strongly embedded and pertinent plot element. Actually, it got me thinking about what goes into a strong plot. Furthermore, I'm looking to flex my dialog writing abilities, and as a result, I've another bunch of considerations to make.
One consideration may seem to be insignificant, but it's a crucial element that can be overlooked when creating dialog between characters in the game world - portraits. Obviously, working in the restrictions that I've set myself for my games, I would never actually be able to really express a wide palette of emotions with just the sprites by themselves, but portraits open up a very powerful channel of communication with the player, allowing for some very subtle messages to be delivered without the need for loads of character scaffolding and such. The interpretation of portraits arguably says more than the text could say - in the transition from writing and speech to motion pictures with sound, the inclusion of imagery has given film-makers the ability to bypass the need for severe amounts of dialog. Portraits also gives players an idea of the inflection of the voice, which is also key to what phrases end up meaning. My conclusion is that working with flat text in a dialog-filled game is simply not working with the medium.
In tandem with portraits should be body language and, a rather subtle point, timing. Timing is awesome. It keeps players from glazing over important moments and is one of the few alleys you can take for emphasis of points/emotions/etc. in dialog boxes. Then, there's action that occurs during speech, either obscured, obscuring, or supplementing.
All of this means that speech implementation is much trickier than one may suspect at first.
As for the actual meat and taters, the plot, the action, the story, the Big Kahuna burger and the Macguffins, I've had plenty of ideas about theme and its expression, some of them are deeply personal. I'm way into the exploitation and, dare I say, subversion of common run and gun game elements for thematic benefit, and I'm also wishing to develop characters that players can connect with. I'm sure that will be a load of fun, but I'm currently way influenced by this game called The Way which you should all play even though you will probably either hate it because a lot of the graphics and music are ripped and the music is in MIDI and there are some spelling errors sometimes, or love it because of how awesome awesome awesome it is anyways.
Anyways, perhaps this wall o' text post will hold you (imaginary people?) over until the next update, in which I will compensate for my lameness with 2 things of awesome new screencaps.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
The title of this post is a work-in-progress title of the work in question. Also, I've music for the game:
Thoughts on the game mechanics: the game will be a run and gun. However, it will remain decidedly minimal a la Shadow of the Colossus. So man has gun. Will travel.
Maybe he'll be an assassin. I don't know yet.
(OR MAYBE I DO AND I'M JUST BEING SECRETIVE)