Thursday, December 5, 2013

Homework 11: Chpt. 15 & 16

Chapter 15

1. A goal with no obstacles is not worth pursuing.

          One of the fundamental building blocks of life is having goals and aspirations to pursue, otherwise life would be meaningless. Nothing in life is ever achieved without hard work and in doing that hard work you are almost always faced with some sort of obstacle. In regards to our game, a possible obstacle could be--for me especially--that the textures weren't unwrapped properly causing the entire area to look terrible and function slower.

2. What is the relationship between the main character and the goal? Why does the character care about it?
          The goal in our game is for the main character to locate her missing son. Self-explanatory, but she's faced with the difficulty of choosing between the townspeople and her son. I feel like it would be obvious the choice she would take, but it's entire town with many; so either sacrifice one for hundreds or vice versa.

3. What are the obstacles between the character and the goal? 

          Obvious obstacles that are between the main character and the goal are the fog, fog monsters, puzzles and decision at the end (mentioned above).

4. Do the obstacles gradually increase in difficulty? If yes, how?

          The intention was to have each level get increasingly difficult as you get closer to the end-level boss, but time has limited us to a couple of levels. So ultimately, it probably won't be noticed in our game.

5. Great stories often involve the protagonist transforming to overcome the obstacle. Does your protagonist transform?

          Our protagonist definitely transforms during the course of the game. In the beginning, she is just a regular mother visiting her son, but by the end she is a stoic and strong individual. Learning to adapt fast she quickly becomes the heroine of our game.

6. How is the game world simpler than the real world?

           In the game world anything can be altered, even the perception of reality, so I'm not sure if things are much simpler in a game (considering the situation). Speaking only of daily outcome, then yes, the game would be much simpler because at least you know, to some extent, what is going to happen. Our game features a post-disaster world so really this isn't an infrastructure and people are literally crowded together around the sacred area waiting to be saved.

7. What kind of transcendent power do you give to the player?

          We gave the player the transcendent power of willpower. This power has been proven to increase a persons physical capabilities because of the shear determination. It can be equated to the strongest ability for a human. I think there was a quote that stated that our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, but that we are powerful beyond measure.

8. What is the weirdest element in the game story?  

          The weirdest element of our game would definitely be the history between the mayor and the mysterious black figure (cause of the fog). All we know is that the mayor founded the city by making some sort of contract with a shady character many years ago and suddenly the city was up and booming and very wealthy.

9. How do you ensure that the weirdest thing does not confuse or alienate the player?

          All of this history and the back story of the mayor can be found through out the discovery of the newspaper clippings, journals and etc., unless the player ignores the notes and continues on.

10. Will the players be interested in the game story? Why?

          When developing any game the goal in mind is to make sure it reaches the targeted audience and that they love it. I do believe the players will be interested in this game because it's mysterious, making you want more, and the storyline is amazing.

Chapter 16
1. In what sense does the player have freedom of action? Does the player "feel" free at these times?
          While navigating the map the player will have complete freedom within the confines of the area and impassible objects like buildings. Hopefully the player will "feel" free when in the game; all other actions such as jumping and swinging an objection will be free-flowing as well.

2. What are the constraints imposed on the players? Do they feel constrained?

          The constraints imposed on the players are the ability to see due to the fog and each level being locked until the enemy has been defeated. They should feel constrained, especially because the fog slowly creeps on you and eventually suffocates the character; heartbeats should be heard when the fog gets closer and closer to indicate a dwindling in health.

3. Ideally, what would you like your players to do (lens #72)?

          I would like players to fully use everything within the game like clues, finding the son and save the city. I also want them to explore both endings.

4. Can you set constraints to "kind of" force the player to do it?

          Due to the effect of the fog slowly approaching on the player it sort of reinforces the urgency to either move to the next level or find pieces of the shards to protect against it.

5. Can you design your interface to "force" the player to do what you (the designer) wish him/her to do?

          Just as mentioned above, there can be puzzles put in place or key items needed to be found in order for the player to advance anymore. So in a way, as the designer, it is completely possible to "force" the player to go on a set path. 

Homework 6: Chapters 4-5

1. For each of the four elements of the Tetrad, explain how it is addressed by your game. If one of the four elements is not used, please state this. 
  • Mechanics: this is basically how the game will be played. The player will control the character in the first person perspective; navigating around the world map the player will look for clues leading to the main story, saving people and essentially rebuilding the town in the process. By avoiding the encroaching fog, the player must collect magical shards that maintains their health.
  • Story (self-explanatory): our game centers around a heroine that has been involved in a car accident due to the dangerous fog/smoke that has destroyed the city. The character will have to explore the surrounding areas in order to assess the situation. In order to find her son, the heroine must search the city and, in the process, discover the source of the mysterious fog and save the town. There is a sacred location that is untouched by the fog is the sanctuary since it contains the largest protective ward. 
  • Aesthetics: this is essentially the visual imagery of the game as well as what the player experiences. The player will be immersed in a post-disaster setting where they explore the ruined city through very low visibility; the best part for the experience of the player is actually being in first person so everything is up close and personal. A sense of fear will take over the player as they fight to stay alive because of the encroaching fog and creepy music.
  • Technology: the only tech being used is the game engine itself (blender) and possibly some python scripts. One addition was added to our game, which was Tree-D, like its name suggests generates realistic tress. It was great.
2. Do the four (or less) elements work towards a current theme?
          I believe that our theme coincides with our theme and I can't possibly think of a game that wouldn't follow these four elements, at least not in this class.

3. In your own words, describe the meaning of a "theme", and how does it differ from an "experience" (see book for examples in Chapters 2 and 5.

           Theme is basically the subject or setting given to an activity (i.e. leisure, an exhibition, a piece of writing, etc). In this case, events of the game serve the purpose of other intended venues; usually the theme evokes some sort of relativity with the player like culture for example. Experience is merely the apparatus to implement the theme in.

4. What is your game's theme?

          Our game has multiple themes, but there is one that is the most prevalent and that is moral vs ethical value. The beginning of the game the main character must go through the city, but at the very end she is confronted by the main protagonist and is given the choice to sacrifice the people she saved for her son or vice versa. Fear of the unknown is the next largest theme.

5. What are the elements in your game that are meant to reinforce this theme?

          The elements that reinforce our theme are many, but the biggest would be the "experience". While the playing the game, neither the protagonist nor the player knows the origin or reason for the fog. Adding in the fact that it will be near impossible to see anything beyond a couple steps ahead increase the fear. It is the fear of the unknown that really reinforce the theme.

6. What is it about your game that you feel makes it special and powerful?

          The only thing that made me feel this game special and powerful is the genre, concept and art. Since I'm confident in my artistic abilities I knew that our game would be at least pretty to look at. The other qualities I was sure of were from my teammates because they were amazing when it came to modeling, programming and handling the logic of the game.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Homework 4: Teamwork

1. Do you love your project/game. If not, how can that be changed?

          I'm not exactly how to answer this question. I love the fact that we are able to create something like this, however, I wished we could have done a different genre since I'm not a fan of horror anything. Since I don't like the genre, the only thing I can think of is adding another sub-category (i.e. adventure, free-world, action, etc).

2. Does the team as a whole love the project? If not, what can be done? 

          I'm pretty sure that my team loved the idea of this game, especially when it came down to the components. Every time we meet up it's a flow of ideas and endless possibilities. So overall I think they were very enthusiastic about it. 

3. Are the team members communicating with each other?

          At the start of the class, most of the team members were communicating on a regular once to twice a week basis. One of our members rarely showed up to class and at times out of our, once five member, group only three would come to the meetings we held outside of class. Since one of them dropped out though, everyone else has been doing pretty well.

4.  Does the team have a regular meeting schedule? What is that schedule?

          Our regular scheduled meetings would be at 3:30, then later at 4:30 because one member had class until late. Out of the entire week this time seemed to work best with everyone. Later on in the course when things were getting busy, this changed or was moved around to better accommodate the members (e.g. Sundays and Mondays).

5.  Describe the modes of communication between the team members.

          The main mode of communication happened on Facebook where we vote on decisions about the game as well as keeping up with what each person does, plus we created a group so that when anyone posted something we'd get a direct notification. This seemed to be the easiest, most effective mode of communication because everyone checks their pages, plus smartphones are a great thing. All other forms were that used the game notebook to give little comments, reminders and assignments, plus we had each others cell phone numbers.Google Drive is a thing also.

6. Regarding game documents, what must be remembered while designing your game? 

          Planning things and having ideas are great, but they won't mean anything if you forget things so having a game document, where everyone can put in their comments, is important. It also saves immediately after something is being added and even if we're not all in one room we can still type messages to each other and update it at the same time.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Homework 12: Task assignment

For this assignment, I will finish designing the game background and characters. For the game itself, I will begin to create the initial main characters. Hopefully I will be finished by this Thursday.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Homework 8: Chapter 10

1. Is the space in your game discrete or continuous?
       The space in our game is definitely continuous because the main character will be able to move freely in the environment. The only time the space may be discrete is when the main character has to solve a problem to advance to the next stage in which they will not be able to leave that defined space.

2. How many dimensions does your space have?
       The space in our game has only three dimensions.

3. What are the boundaries of your space?
       The boundaries that define the space in our game are buildings, individual rooms, walls and ultimately the disaster area. Overall the map shows the constraints for which the character will be bound to depending on the level.

4. How many verbs do your players (characters) have? What are they?
        It is not clearly defined at this point, but I'm pretty sure our character will have at least five verbs. Those being move, swing (object), jump, pick up and throw.

5. How many objects can each verb act on? What are these objects?
  • Move: acts on the character and any object that interacts with them.
  • Swing: any object that our character comes across that becomes useful to wield.
  • Jump: acts on the character and other possible NPCs or objects currently held.
  • Pick Up: the crystal ward central to the game, anything the player decides is useful (i.e. weapons).
  • Throw: objects that can be picked up and thrown (i.e. rocks, weapons, etc.)
6. How many ways can players achieve their goals?
       By navigating the game map, the player will be able to choose whatever level they want to go to next. It all depends on how many levels we can create within the time given this semester.

7. How many subjects do the players control? What are these subjects?
       The only subject the player can control is the main character.

8. How do side effects change constraints? 
       The main antagonist is essentially a large sum of dark smoke that slowly engulfs those around it slowly suffocating the victim and the only way to defend against it is to collect shards of the crystal ward. The more the player collects the ward, the less dense the fog/smoke becomes and the easier it is to see.

9. What are the operative actions in your game?
  • Move around levels and the map
  • Swing weapon
  • Jump
  • Picking up and throwing objects
10. What are the resultant actions in your game?
  • Discovering new areas of the game, NPCs and items
  • Avoiding the fog
  • Defeating enemies by dispelling them
  • Break into buildings
  • Preventing the ward "life" from reaching critical levels
  • Navigating through the fog/smoke
  • Finding/creating weapons with better destruction capabilities.
11. What actions would you like your players to do that they cannot presently do? (based on your current knowledge of Blender)
       We have not currently set any of the things listed above into the game yet, but one action I want to see the character do is interacting with NPCs.

12. What is the ultimate goal of your game?
       To find her family member who has been lost in this post-disaster event.

13. Are there short and long term goals? What are they?
       The short term goals within the game are finding other survivors located on the map by dispelling the smoke/fog. Collecting the ward pieces in order to stay alive. Completing tasks to open/access the next room, level, etc.
       The long term goals include rebuilding the city, finding the family member and understanding the reason for this disaster and mystery behind the smoke/fog.

14. How do you plan to make the game goals known and understood by the player?
       The game goals will be known when the character wakes up after the event has happened leading up to a short tutorial in the beginning, interacts with other NPCs in the game and picking up newspapers lying around the area.

15. What are the foundational rules of your game?
       The player has to prevent the end of the game by not letting the fog/smoke engulf them, ensuring the life force of the crystal ward doesn't completely deplete and by finding more survivors, it rebuilds the city.

16. How are these rules enforced?
       Well if the character runs out of the crystal ward they will die and by completing levels it essentially saves the townspeople thus noticing that the city is steadily rebuilding itself.

17. Does your game develop real skills? What are they?
       This game develops the players ability to manage time and fine motor time skills because the player must watch the meter carefully so as to not deplete their resources and preventing the enemy form stealing their ward. 

18. Does your game develop virtual skills? What are they?            
       Our game isn't really used for this purpose since the main objective is to find the lost family member and is indeed not honing in on any specific skills thus advancing.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Homework 3

For this assignment I have decided to make a post disaster brick wall that is falling apart with rubble round it. I used the most basic functions in blender such as extruding, dragging edges and faces. I started with one cube and extruded the face leaving it in two sections, from there I extended the top section of the cube to make it height appropriate. Used some deformation and scaling as well. Literally just played around blender to see what would work with this idea of a wall.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Homework #1 part two

This was very hastily done. It's a rough, rough sketch of me trying out the horror section of anime, again camera quality is terrible and I had to hold it up to take a photo. Yes that's right, her eyes are gouged out.

You build your own village during medieval times and protect it against invaders, can also expand your territory. The Settlers online

Building a city in the sense of real estate to gain money. Continue to build everything you want/need for the city to gain revenue. Millionaire City