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#1 kwkirwhi   Members   -  Reputation: 100

Posted 23 March 2011 - 09:50 PM

Do they see other games, do they get inspiration from movies..where does all that creative juice come from.
I salute them for creating some of the most amazing games of our times.


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#2 way2lazy2care   Members   -  Reputation: 782

Posted 23 March 2011 - 09:55 PM

Do they see other games, do they get inspiration from movies..where does all that creative juice come from.
I salute them for creating some of the most amazing games of our times.


I throw darts at a dictionary.

#3 Hodgman   Moderators   -  Reputation: 29493

Posted 23 March 2011 - 09:58 PM

Drugs. All of the drugs.

I salute [game developers] for creating some of the most amazing games of our times.

Who made the other amazing games? :P

#4 Amaz1ng   Members   -  Reputation: 131

Posted 23 March 2011 - 10:23 PM

I guess in big AAA quality production teams, you have people who get paid to do nothing but develop the games story. It's simply what they do for a living so of course they will be good at it. It requires study and time.
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#5 j-locke   Members   -  Reputation: 815

Posted 24 March 2011 - 12:03 AM


Do they see other games, do they get inspiration from movies..where does all that creative juice come from.
I salute them for creating some of the most amazing games of our times.


I throw darts at a dictionary.


This could be interesting. :)


Where does your design inspirations take you if your dart lands on eschew?



#6 kwkirwhi   Members   -  Reputation: 100

Posted 24 March 2011 - 12:14 AM

That iseasy. They can develop a game where there are a group of nuns..trying to keep their sanctuary "sacred".... "to abstain and keep away from evil":P


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#7 Flimflam   Members   -  Reputation: 657

Posted 24 March 2011 - 12:57 AM

There is no one answer for this. Everyone gets their ideas from everywhere. It could be from some sort of film, a dream, other games, other media, just talking it out with friends/coworkers.

We all get our ideas from the same places.

#8 Strange Loop   Members   -  Reputation: 114

Posted 24 March 2011 - 01:19 AM

Are you talking about story ideas? Because in that case I look to film and literature.
If you're talking about game design, I tend to look to board games and video games of the past.

Also, I find this sentence hilarious: "I salute them for creating some of the most amazing games of our times." That's like saying I salute authors for writing all the great novels of our time.

#9 szecs   Members   -  Reputation: 2109

Posted 24 March 2011 - 02:05 AM

I have great ideas when I'm shitting.

#10 Servant of the Lord   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 18498

Posted 24 March 2011 - 02:15 AM

I get ideas from everywhere. A cool painting, a comment a friend makes, another game I'm playing, music I'm listening to, something I'm reading, a movie, etc...

Game idea snippets wash over my mind like a waterfall, the good ones find a crevice there somewhere, and over two or three weeks build up into something cool. The stuff that doesn't stick usually wasn't that good in the first place.
The only problem is I don't have the time to even bring 5% of them into reality. Posted Image If it's a really good design snippet, I record it. Otherwise, I discard it.
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#11 Cap'n VG   Members   -  Reputation: 170

Posted 24 March 2011 - 02:26 AM

Well for me, I get ideas from playing lots of video games and tv.I also get ideas from outside though I don't remember.Basically when I snap my fingers, It means that I got an idea on my mind and I will immediately write it down before it gets erased(Yes I can forget things fast.Pretty stupid right).

I blame myself for not getting any inspiration from the outside but only insidePosted Image

#12 Ghostknight   Members   -  Reputation: 166

Posted 24 March 2011 - 09:51 AM

I get my ideas from life experiences, video games, movies, reading books, hanging with friends and nephews. I also get ideas from board games, trading card games, and walking or riding my bike.


For my survival horror board game, I got my inspiration from working at a cemetery for two full years in two different locations. I worked all shifts.
So naturally something had to giev with ideas, suggestions, and a story line.

#13 Fl4sh   Banned   -  Reputation: 30

Posted 24 March 2011 - 01:07 PM

DREAMS. Atleast I do.

I have the CRAZIEST DREAMS AND I DON'T KNOW WHERE IT COMES FROM. LET ME TELL YOU OF A RECENT ONE

I drank a bottle of water and my roommate became enraged and it basically became a huge shouting match. I was like wtf, all I did was drink this water wtf. Next thing you know, a few more people came at me...all of them enraged. So I left and began walking down the street. As I walked down the street, I looked in someones house and saw that he was a radio DJ and elmo from sesame street was handling the broadcast equipment. So next, I realized I needed to find some work and I went in and asked this black guy if anyone was hiring. He said no and that I better be careful because they execute people around here for asking for jobs. So I walked down the street a bit more and met a farmer. He sold me a goat...I was gonna breed it and slaughter it later...start my own farm. But then I became fond of the goat (not in a strange way, almost like a dog) and we traveled the country. And then I met these two women who let me stay with them. All of a sudden I was chained to a bed and the goat was knocked out beside me unconscious. And the two women were laughing as I faded into unconsciousness also. When I awoke, my goat had been killed and apparently the women had "violated me in my sleep". So then I broke from the chains and ran and they sent dogs after me. I killed the leader of the dogs and then they stopped. Suddenly, the women became sorry for what they did and began to cry.

At this point, I guess I began to wake up because I realized that if I had two sexy women fondling me, I wouldn't have minded much. So I moved over to one of the women who was still crying and I tried to unbutton her blouse.

...then I woke up.

WTF.
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#14 Don Carnage   Members   -  Reputation: 633

Posted 24 March 2011 - 02:20 PM

DREAMS. Atleast I do.

I have the CRAZIEST DREAMS AND I DON'T KNOW WHERE IT COMES FROM. LET ME TELL YOU OF A RECENT ONE

I drank a bottle of water and my roommate became enraged and it basically became a huge shouting match. I was like wtf, all I did was drink this water wtf. Next thing you know, a few more people came at me...all of them enraged. So I left and began walking down the street. As I walked down the street, I looked in someones house and saw that he was a radio DJ and elmo from sesame street was handling the broadcast equipment. So next, I realized I needed to find some work and I went in and asked this black guy if anyone was hiring. He said no and that I better be careful because they execute people around here for asking for jobs. So I walked down the street a bit more and met a farmer. He sold me a goat...I was gonna breed it and slaughter it later...start my own farm. But then I became fond of the goat (not in a strange way, almost like a dog) and we traveled the country. And then I met these two women who let me stay with them. All of a sudden I was chained to a bed and the goat was knocked out beside me unconscious. And the two women were laughing as I faded into unconsciousness also. When I awoke, my goat had been killed and apparently the women had "violated me in my sleep". So then I broke from the chains and ran and they sent dogs after me. I killed the leader of the dogs and then they stopped. Suddenly, the women became sorry for what they did and began to cry.

At this point, I guess I began to wake up because I realized that if I had two sexy women fondling me, I wouldn't have minded much. So I moved over to one of the women who was still crying and I tried to unbutton her blouse.

...then I woke up.

WTF.


You'd be surprised if you knew how many people have these encounters with entities (here "Succibi", since you're presumeable a young male) that mess with you.
In these techno-times, you could just say that your brain (the front cortex, where long term memory and prediction resides) is preparing you for tackling real-life encounters with say women, as well as other cases of acting under extreme stress.

Perhaps you have a stressing job, relation or thing that concern or bother you. You spend many cycles pondering the issues, but not resolving them, so they show up during REM sleep, where AFAIK the short-term memory "fragments-of-thoughts" is treated and if nessesary, committed to long-term synapses. Most is likely to be garbage, you know: grocery shopping list, a scary movie, a dog barked at you, fantasies, etc., but others may be the real important stuff, you never know I guess.

You unbuttoning that one's blouse was surely you realising, that you were dreaming and thought you'd get jiggy with Lady Fantasy, you naughty lad :) (tip: it was your sister!)
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#15 Fl4sh   Banned   -  Reputation: 30

Posted 24 March 2011 - 03:16 PM

You'd be surprised if you knew how many people have these encounters with entities (here "Succibi", since you're presumeable a young male) that mess with you.
In these techno-times, you could just say that your brain (the front cortex, where long term memory and prediction resides) is preparing you for tackling real-life encounters with say women, as well as other cases of acting under extreme stress.

Perhaps you have a stressing job, relation or thing that concern or bother you. You spend many cycles pondering the issues, but not resolving them, so they show up during REM sleep, where AFAIK the short-term memory "fragments-of-thoughts" is treated and if nessesary, committed to long-term synapses. Most is likely to be garbage, you know: grocery shopping list, a scary movie, a dog barked at you, fantasies, etc., but others may be the real important stuff, you never know I guess.

You unbuttoning that one's blouse was surely you realising, that you were dreaming and thought you'd get jiggy with Lady Fantasy, you naughty lad :) (tip: it was your sister!)



Yes but what I'm saying is that this single dream could be the next halo series if its marketed right.


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#16 Vilem Otte   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 1392

Posted 24 March 2011 - 04:12 PM

I'm more of a programmer than storymaker, but I sometimes get good ideas for tech demos and games while walking in sorrounding area (national park just around 500 meters from my house, and really beatiful nature is here). Also sometimes watching stars helps me a bit to get ideas ... although definitely most when walking outside.


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#17 Don Carnage   Members   -  Reputation: 633

Posted 24 March 2011 - 06:23 PM

Yes but what I'm saying is that this single dream could be the next halo series if its marketed right.


It could very well. Be sure to go into the dreams with the same basic set of limited abilities, weapon selection, flying etc., or you'll soon get an unbalanced game, with players quitting because of dog microing or fondle abuse. :P
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#18 Sean T. McBeth   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 1406

Posted 24 March 2011 - 11:39 PM

I rip off ideas I see other people doing.

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Posted 24 March 2011 - 11:56 PM

Toilets. Lots and lots of toilets.
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#20 Tachikoma   Members   -  Reputation: 552

Posted 25 March 2011 - 12:23 AM

Observe animals and see what they are doing.

Now replace animals with human animals and you have starting point.
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