I’ve never been a huge fan of the heat, which is ironic because I have lived in two places that are known for their high temperatures. I always preferred being able to put lays on as opposed to wanting to peel my own skin off and lay on a bed of ice.
It should be no secret that creating a great game should be all about creating a fun game. What exactly makes something fun is debatable to say the very least as opinions on this matter vary wildly. Everyone looks for different things and taking a game from great to unforgettable takes a combination of many things. For myself, one of the things that can make a game truly unforgettable are just the little touches of whimsy and weird that they through into a game. These are things that feel like the moments of real life that elicits the response "No, I'm serious. You can't make this stuff up!" Truth is though, you can make it up but the problem is that it often can't feel force in any way shape or form. It has to be something you stumble upon on your own and it definitely feels like something not every player will experience. Perhaps one of the best and clearest examples I can think of is this guy:
For those who don't know the term, an Easter Egg is a reference to another piece of media within the piece of media you are currently viewing. It can take almost any form, from a subtle nod towards the source material to a really easily recognizable reference. It's just meant to be a hidden surprise (hence the name), and can be a fantastic way of appealing directly to your audience without actually breaking the forth wall. The Witcher series actually excels at this and while there are a huge number of Easter Eggs in the games, the games themselves are large enough that they never feel like they're happening to often.
The primary purpose of any game, regardless of it's use should always be to have fun. Gamification is a whole thing that would continue to move forward but even then any good game has to be fun before it's anything else or it doesn't work. Personally, I think that seeing people enjoying themselves is generally a pretty entertaining experience all all by itself. Seeing someone do something that they really enjoy, even if I don't enjoy what they're doing just tends to bring a smile to my face. It's in this spirit, that I really enjoy watching Clueless Gamer by Conan O'Brien.
So lately I've been watching a whole lot of short films and I wanted to share some of them with you. Pay attention to the headings so you know what you're watching. The last two are some horror short films that are pretty good but I know for some people who don't appreciate horror they may leave you awake at night. Horror is always a fun little adventure whether it's through a film or a game though personally I feel as though representing it in a game tends to be a bit tougher. In either case it tends to be extremely difficult to pull off well.
With St. Patrick's day come and gone I think now is a great time to talk about how I spent my spring break, in the beautiful green country of Ireland!
March 4th and 6th were student days at the Renaissance Festival, so of course UAT showed up to show all of the grade school though high school kids what we're all about. And what better way to show them that giving them scars and bruises, shooting ninja stars and cotton swab arrows at them, and setting up computers.