Long story short, I spent 5 days on making a game. The result is “My Self”. A First Person Shooter focused on the avatar’s heart rate.
The game is downloadable here : My Self
There’s a lot of think I didn’t have time to add, fix, enhance. Other that were coded but never used in level design… but a deal is a deal. 5 days, not a single more!
I strongly recommend playing with sound and an Xbox game pad as vibrations have a crucial role in the experience.
NB: There are 3 different ends!
Designs should be made with intentions, oriented toward player’s experience. What do I want my player to feel? (see game spots)
Choosing an intention is the fun part – cause we don’t really need to look for one, we always have a whole bunch of funny & crazy ideas. The hardest part comes when you need to keep those intentions alive in a full working and tweaked design. To be fun, situations need to work and that often means compromises.
Games work with mechanisms. Each mechanism has a fun potential that comes out when it is put together with others. Some are obvious and often define what your game is about. Others are more subtle, untold. They tend to appear more or less late in players’ experience but thoroughly deepen it. A player’s approach and appreciation of a situation severely depends on her knowledge of theses mechanisms. Mastery of her experience needs you to know exactly which tools she has, what mechanism she knows.
This article follows the previous one about game spots.
As seen before, it’s important to make sure players don’t miss them. Being able to analyse your game and find spots is a good thing. It’s a good analytic tool you can use to tweak your gameplay or situations… better late than never.
But what a shame to use them like this as they can be used as an active design tool.
Sometime players just miss the spot.
Did you never had this case where you tried a game, got bored and stop playing. Then, later, saw a friend playing and said “What ? You can do that in this game ? I didn’t notice, awesome!” or just found out that playing in a specific way would make the game more fun ?
Another example are games with vague objectives like Minecraft or Dwarf fortress. Some get totally hooked and others totally lost. Read the rest of this entry
It is most likely that some of you had the opportunity to say or be told : “We should do [put a design idea / technical modification / anything new here] ! You may not agree but I’ll explain …”