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Greetings all,

I've been further experimenting with 3D models (in milk shape) and physics Tokamak; and through it I've come to a large idea shift.

This sort of game would be better played in the first person perspective; now for a long time I've been a huge fan of 3rd person adventure games, however I think the first person view and more importantly (WASD MouseLook) control scheme is extremely well accepted today. So taking the standard First Person Shooter display and control mechanism, and instead of shooting people up, the game centers around a story with various physics puzzle obstacles, as well as traditional fetch-type puzzles. The center of the screen will act as the physics effector (your hand), which allows you to click (touch, push, etc.) and drag (latch on and cause forces with motion); the story will be worked in such a way as the player assumes the role of the main character (either as a known character or as themselves, game specific). This will simplify engine development significantly, leverage a common control scheme, cut down on dialogue and art and greatly simplify choreographing of scenes.

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Sounds good as a basic concept. How about being able to use both the left and right hands? Such as being able to hold down an in-game button with one of the character's hands, having the user hold a button on the keyboard (or having an option to anchor a particular hand so the user isn't constantly holding down non-movement related keys) and being able to look around and do something else with the other character's hand, while the first is anchored at the button, or whatever else it was doing (holding a lever, etc, etc).

Obviously you wouldn't be able to walk around while you have a hand anchored, but I think it might make for some more complicated and interesting puzzles. ie. not only do you have to find the right order of buttons to push, you also have to move the slider a specific amount (bit by bit) for each successive button and if you let go of the slider it resets the puzzle (including itself).

Or something like that. Although I suppose if you don't have the right puzzles it will just become a useless gimmick. If the most complicated puzzle you had was like the example above, it would be easier to simply have the buttons remain pushed in of their own accord and then have the character move the slider as two seperate, non-simultaneous actions.

But still, I'm sure there are many puzzles where it could come in handy.

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