World Design – Devlog

World Design – Devlog

This is the development log for my world design for the prototype The Old Ones. 

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Far Cry from Mise en scène

Far Cry from Mise en scène

Beautiful games require beautiful scenes – a vista that takes a player’s breath away as soon as they walk up to it. However, much like anything in 3 dimensional space, it becomes increasingly difficult to control what the player sees. How do you make the player see a beautiful or important piece of the game before moving on to discover the space?

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An examination of level pacing in the Binding of Isaac

An examination of level pacing in the Binding of Isaac

I love Binding of Isaac, but I hate it. Apparently, that is the point – at least that’s what veterans of the game tell me I should feel. BOI brings together a unique blend of fun and frustration, one which make players want to throw their controllers against a screen but keeps players coming back. These properties make BOI a unique case study for looking at level pacing.

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This is not a blog post

This is not a blog post

This is not a blog post about The Stanley Parable. This is not a blog post about a blog post I wrote about The Stanley Parable. Instead, this blog post examines this game in terms of level design, rather than rehashing how it was not about The Stanley Parable and the Postmodern Metanarrative. This is really not a serious blog post, I was just having fun. If you want to read a serious blog post please click on the link above…

 

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Start With What You Know Is True: Mental Health in The Hunger Games

Start With What You Know Is True: Mental Health in The Hunger Games

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In the real world, mental illnesses affect millions of people, and yet there’s often a silence surrounding the issues, brought on by social stigmas and a lack of education on mental health. Depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and anxiety and panic disorders are prevalent within The Hunger Games, experienced by Katniss Everdeen and those around her. The trilogy highlights just how much trauma can affect people, especially the young adults and children manipulated by those much older.

While the novels are far more adept at portraying the characters’ understanding of and struggles with their respective illnesses, the films do make an effort. The opening scene of Catching Fire, where Katniss hallucinates another tribute from the Games while hunting with Gale, visually captures the nightmares of the arena that plague Katniss, setting up the audience’s understanding of her mental state following the 74th Hunger Games. The majority of Katniss’ interior struggles, however…

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Falling Out Together

Falling Out Together

My partner and I recently just finished our play through of Fallout 4 together. It was a really unique experience for me and while Fallout 4 is a single player game, we decided that we would play through the entire game together. This is a short blog post about that experience and the fun I had with this strange new RPG adventure. Naturally, lots of Spoilers follow, including the game’s ending.

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