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    Design steps

    I let the idea sit in my head. Eventually more inspiration comes, the idea is fleshed out story-wise, character-wise and all that, and eventually I have enough so that the rest of the details can be filled in with relative ease. I never force myself to try to come up with something good, though. Of course, watching movies/reading books/playing games to try and inspire yourself isn't always a bad idea either, just so long as you don't end up taking too much inspiration...
  2. Only once have I ever had a non-space related desktop background, and it didn't last for long. Some favorites: Link -- Dumbbell Nebula Link -- Best Saturn pic ever; couldn't find the full-res one, but you should be able to find it without any trouble What I'd really like is some amazing 1280x1024 (or larger, I can scale) desktop-worthy aurora pic, but all the ones I've seen are too small.
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    Theme for game

    Ants would be cool. Insects in general would be cooler. Isn't writing around a preset theme going to be a bit difficult? At least for me it would, I always get some sort of specific inspiration for a story that decides the theme, never the other way around.
  4. Quote:Original post by Captain P Oh, and are you familiar with shmups, or whatever they're called? Those Japanese bullet shower games? Now that's 'imprecise'... ;) When movement isn't critically important, sure, impreciseness can work fine. 2D fighters don't need to be precise, graphic adventures neither. Heck, like you said, the Japanese bullet shower games use impreciseness to actually help the player out. It's simply in 2D platformers with jumping challenges that things get lame. And yeah, I agree, gamers today don't like difficult games quite as much back then, but even back then I felt a bit jiffed when I'd die due to a game's deceptive graphics. Quote:Original post by Obscure If edges aren't 100% clear then make sure the player doesn't need to know exactly where the edge is and the game will work. That's just my gripe. These games often do have challenges that should rely on accurate graphical representation; Quote:Original post by Kulor Well, perhaps Earthworm Jim wasn't the best example, since I haven't played it enough to see if it has nearly as many jumping challenges as some other imprecise platformers I've played...but take something like Astal for example. Or, as I was comparing it to as well, the Donkey Kong Country series. Granted, I wouldn't think of them as bad games, necessarily; I think the level design is wonderful in those games, and they (except for the third maybe) are all worth playing. I think that the choice of graphics, however, held down the game from it's true potential; they could've easily kept a realistic look while remaining precise. Don't take me for a graphics hater, in fact I think a perfect example of a 2D platformer using graphics to actually enhance the fun of the game is Yoshi's Island. The cactus enemies that bounce here and there, the rows of Shy Guys that drop their bombs and shake their heads at you when you ground pound...all graphical flares, but it wouldn't be quite as fun of a game without.
  5. Quote:Original post by ghostedBefore suggesting that nowone favours Super Mario World style heavily tile based format you only need to look at the sales figures for the recent 'New Super Mario Bros' on the DS. That thing flew off the shelves like shit off a shovel. I was by no means suggesting that people dislike precise compared to imprecise. If anything, I meant that people don't seem to notice the difference. New Super Mario Bros. was good, I liked it. Quote:Original post by Captain PAnd they're consistently applied: every ledge you walk on only supports you up to some point. Everything that looks like a path can be walked on. But, does everything need to be chewed for us? Some games may even revolve around making decisions based on incomplete, or pehaps even false information. As long as the player is aware of this, I don't see a problem. Not everyone may like such kind of games, but that's ok. It depends on what the game focusses on. For some games, 'precise' physics don't fit well, for others, they may be an important requirement. Ehhhh...but my gripe with this is that jumping challenges become sorta like blind jumping challenges. I've missed ledges countless times in games like this (leading to my demise), even though it looked like I was going to make it...and maybe I should have, but it's too difficult to tell. Not everything should be pre-chewed, sure, but I think if you're going to have jumping challenges, you should try to make the levels as easy to read as possible. The original Super Mario Bros. 2 would've been impossible if it was imprecise! Quote:Original post by GixugifYou may have an edge overhang in these once in a while, but I've never seen anyone complain about something like that- nor have it cause them any trouble. The fact of the matter is why would you want to let an enemy get close enough to find out at what pixel the collision is detected and damage applied to your character or get so close to a cliff that you'd be in danger of falling off. Well, perhaps Earthworm Jim wasn't the best example, since I haven't played it enough to see if it has nearly as many jumping challenges as some other imprecise platformers I've played...but take something like Astal for example. I can't tell you how frusterating it was losing over and over again in the later levels because it looked like I was landing on the opposing ledge, when in fact I was not. These are the sorts of things where you would have to know right where the platform ends and the other one begins in order to adequately make the jump. I've had similar problems with parts of Donkey Kong Country/2/3, the first one in particular -- especially on that horrid frog, suddenly you have to land in the middle of anything to have any hopes of it registering a collision. It's games that rely on basic platforming for the challenge, yet take the imprecise approach, that I'm really wondering about. Oh yeah, and the enemy thing is moreso an issue with, say, Donkey Kong Country. Blasting through those barrels at the bees or onto the vultures, it's a good thing to know just where the bee/vulture will register a collision with you -- sometimes it comes down to a mere handful of pixels.
  6. As far as realism goes, yeah. Imprecise would be the Mario way, precise would be the Earthworm Jim way. My problem with that is, Earthworm Jim fails to remain "precise" in that manner of thinking as well. Realistically, the ground should change as you trample over it over and over, ground that isn't thick enough shouldn't be able to support your weight, etc. The game remains inconsistant. So, even concerning realism, Earthworm Jim remains imprecise. That isn't how I was thinking, though. I was more focused on the collision detection between the ground and the player's character, along with enemies. Should graphics represent where something actually is, or only give a rough estimation? It is in this sense that I got "imprecise". Also, the majority of today's games aren't 2D platformers, and realistic graphics work much better in a 3D game environment, since everything can be represented accurately (no cutting corners with pseudo-3D looking 2D designs). I think the 3D equivilant of imprecise platforming would be covering the floors with a thick layer of moss, or something to that extent. But weather it's a dead genre or not, I'm still curious as to why people are so in love with these types of games.
  7. Howdy! I'm new to these forums, but by no means new to online communities, so I'd like to kick off my time here with some thought-provoking thoughtfulness. Ever since the beginning of the 16-bit era, I'd noticed a great change in the way 2D platformers were being made. The gameplay stayed the same, yet the graphics got better and better...and then, they became too good. Developers started shooting for more realistic backgrounds, with surfaces that curve in every which direction and backgrounds that flow into the foreground. This would otherwise be a good thing...if it didn't affect the gameplay. Let's take a look at Super Mario World, a platformer that remained old-fasioned as far as graphics go: This is what I'd call a precise platformer. Notice how there's a standard size in place here; everything, including Mario, is divided up into 16x16 squares, or the size of one of those yellow blocks. Ledges are instantaneous, making it perfectly clear where you'll fall. Also, upon playing, you'll notice that you fall only once the last pixel in Mario's heel has gone over the ledge. Heck, collision for Mario + Yoshi is even split into those squares. It's extremely easy to know when to jump, where to land, weather you can make it or not, and if you're going to be hit by something. Now, let's compare that to Earthworm Jim: (Eh, bad picture...couldn't find a better one, though) This is what I'd call an imprecise platformer. The background goes up into the foreground, with you standing somewhere between the two. My question is, where? As you go across the ground, where you'll be changes constantly. Ledges end with a bit of floor hanging over, usually not able to support you. I can't even say where it registers collisions with your character -- somewhere inside the actual graphic, I assume. You have to over-exaggurate everything; where you jump before a ledge, where you aim to land at within another ledge, and how you evade enemies. The graphics are nice, but it affects gameplay. And yet...dun dun dun! Earthworm Jim is a classic! Seems like everyone aside from myself is in love with Earthworm Jim, along with various other imprecise platformers (Astal, Rayman, Gex, etc...). I say the graphics, by being so fancy, fail to adequately perform their primary function: accurate representation. So why do people love imprecise platformers so much? Can't wait to hear some thoughts on this.
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