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Journal of Aardvajk

New Game Prototyping

Posted by , 27 March 2014 - - - - - - · 819 views

New Game Prototyping Decided to ditch the 3D platformer for the time being and go back to writing a 2D platformer. I find a 2D game demands less in terms of quality of content and isn't as immediately comparable to AAA experiences and can be a lot more simple fun.

I'm still using 3D rendering approaches but in an orthographic context, so I can still use models and skeleton animation to free me up from drawing sprites (which I'm not good at).

I saw a picture of Braid in the days before Jon Blow hired an artist and it made me realise that I can get the whole mechanics of a game in place using almost meaningless art before I worry about the visuals side.

So I've put some routines in to draw my skeleton as exported from the modelling package just with lines and dots and am going to just get the mechanics working using this debug drawing approach, safe in the knowledge that, in theory, I can replace the skeleton with a rigged model at any point in the future and all should just work.

So far you can walk, run and fall and it handles slopes correctly. Need to get jumping, edge grabbing and climbing sorted next.


Thief - dreadful

Posted by , 01 March 2014 - - - - - - · 822 views

Wow. Thief is appalling. I tried so hard to like it but I can't.

I'm now installing Thief 2: The Metal Age. Would rather play that again than this shite. First Tomb Raider, now this. I give up on modern gaming.





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