Full indie 2016 : Mixed reality trailers

Making a good trailer for VR games is hard. The fisheye two views or first person videos of gameplay don’t reflect what VR gaming feels like, and showing a player in their dirty room doesn’t help. Sony has this cool virtual headmount concept, which is cool, but honestly, is no where near the real experience either.

In his talk, Kert Gartner shares with us how the mixed reality trailers for Fantastic contraptions and Job simulator convey VR’s engaging experience.

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Prototyping mobile games with Flinto

I’ve been looking into alternatives to Axure. Don’t get me wrong, Axure is still my favorite prototyping tool, but I need to keep my skills sharp. I’ve started with protopie, but my first article will deal with Flinto : a very easy to learn tool that lets you quickly create tactile prototypes.

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Full Indie 2016 : A love letter to Alt Games

Claris Cyarron took us on the weird side of walking simulators, discussing atl games.

Warning : explicit content ahead.

Alt games can not be defined for it would constrain the creativity within its boundaries and impose rules while it’s trying to fend off existing conventions. Alt games is an umbrella term for peers to gather around and might refer to a means of production rather than a game genre.

Alt games are queer in that they reject norms of traditional games. Their creators often identify as queer as well, rejecting norms and constrains in a larger perspective. As a result Alt games are different and deal with subjects that are set aside in traditional games or deal with topics on a different basis.

For example, what if sex in a game wasn’t something you’d earn, but something you would do instead ?

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Full indie 2016 : Learning from Brigador’s mistakes

Stellar Jockeys made a unique game with a lot of hooks to get players on board. It had unique art, a fully destructible environment and a cool soundtrack. Game engines are like wood, no matter what you’re carving into it you’ll end up following  the natural flow of it.

Brigador was made on a custom engine to really work in destructible environments from the core of the game. It had great reviews on metacritic and on steam. If you take in account the issues that were fixed since they were reviewed, Brigador would have 97% positive reviews. Yet is sold less than 10k units. Why is that ?

Hugh Monahan had the courage to share his story with us, and we thank him for that.

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Full Indie 2016 : How to create 4D games

At Full Indie Summit 2016, Marc ten Bosch taught the audience to think in 4 dimensions. Now most of you probably have no idea what that means, and no, the 4rth dimension is not time. So how does it work ?

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Bloodborne’s optional step by step tutorials empower players

Optional tutorials give everything away…

Default tutorials for offline players are scattered accross the place. They attrack the player’s attention through animations that add to the ambiance of the game. Bloodbornes tutorials are fully integrated and add to the experience rather than disrupting it.

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Bloodborne’s character creation remains quite complicated

Customizing the character’s appearance doesn’t really match the player’s logic

Character creation screens are usually complex. The one of Bloodborne is also complicated.

Despite generally implementing usable features and shortcuts for players, the character creation screen is somehow awkward. The screens are very cluttered with many different unrelated settings. Some things are grouped together, others separated. For example, I’ve seen players get really annoyed by face presets changing the skin color of their character.

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Bloodborne’s cues and feedback quality

Clear feedback that conveys personality

Identifying interactive objects : highlights and error messages

Players somtimes confuse natural lighting with iteraction cues but interactive items are easy to identify

Light effects are very effective to draw the player’s attention on objects. In Bloodborne, the lighting tends to attrack the player to decoration that isn’t interactive. It soon becomes easy to make the difference between “natural light” and actual items to pick up thanks to a shiny dot and a highlight in the dark that is active even without a torch.

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Shadowrun level editor : using the name of the player in dialogs and other cool stuff

In this tutorial, I’ll explain how to use text expansions. Text expansions are simple bits of code that make conversations much more natural. You can use it to call the player by their name or use the right gender and race when talking to them. It’s very simple to use and makes the dialogs a lot more immersive.

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Bloodborne : It’s all about timing the actions right

Conveying cues for well timed actions

People reaction times vary depending upon the type of cue they recieve : visual or auditory. Getting the timing right requires to give clear information on the moment it can be performed. Depending upon the mastery level required and the type of interactions, cues for timings will be more or less evident.

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