Tag Archives: Video Games

Idea: Adding a Story and Gameplay Mechanics to Goat Simulator.

In case you didn’t know. The internet has lost its mind over the upcoming “Goat Simulator” game. A prototype game hastily put together during a game jam just for fun that won the hearts of millions of netizens near and far. Enough hearts to warrant making it into a full title game soon to be released, probably, this year.

The premise is hilarious, the game is hilarious, the glitches are so hilarious the team decided to keep them and make them features. It’s no surprise we’re so excited for this, there aren’t really any comedy games to balance out all the war games, sniper games, assassin games, and zombie apocalypse games. Our only escape from the miserable and depressing world of grey and brown is “Octodad” and “The Stanley Parable”. So we couldn’t help but fall in love with this goofy goat. After all, it’s united us in the one thing we all have in common: the desire to annoy the hell out of other people and cause mischief.

My mind is racing. There’s so much potential. I couldn’t help myself. My life is going no where but I can still make a contribution to humanity. In the event that Goat Simulator is financially successful, here’s a look at what route Goat Simulator 2 can take.

 

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Idea: An Alternative Way To Sell Video Games

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My dream is to one day work on a little indie survival horror zombie game. Pathetically cheesy, I know. But hey, zombies are popular for a reason. The temporary artwork is below. I can’t reveal the name because it’s just too damn perfect and I’m paranoid about someone else taking it. One of the things I’d like to try is to distribute my theoretical game using a sort of “in-app-purchase” scheme. The same one smartphone app developers use… read…

 

Fixing A Few Reward / Punishment Paradoxes In Video Games

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Why do we play games? “For the challenge!” said early developers. Not for emotion, nor for socializing, not for fun or enjoyment or exploration, or even relaxation. Before sandbox and social games, developers had the idea that the only reason why you would want to play a game is to be challenged by its gameplay, forced to practice to get better, and overcome the challenge. And so we begin our journey into paradoxical gameplay mechanics that have kept casual players (the majority of market) out of games for decades. read…

 

Idea: Close Range Voice Chat UI For Multiplayer Video Games

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The problem with voice chat in multiplayer online games is that everyone on your team can hear you. And as maps get larger and teams get bigger a new set of communication problems have developed. It becomes difficult to strategize and warn players on one side of the map when team members on the other side of the map are sharing their strategies and warnings. When you hear “ENEMY DOWN THE HALL!” or “I think there’s someone behind you.” or “ok you guys stay here”, or “follow me” you’re not quite sure who the message was meant for. Many times it’s so distracting you end up getting yourself killed because you were confused. read…

 

Idea for a Non-Violent, Open-World Game Called “Rabbit Tales”

First, I did NOT draw the box art, I photoshopped 3 other talented people’s creations together to make a temporary box art mockup (see credits section). You know what’s missing? Good games for kids. Games for kids AND adults that are calm, relaxing, completely non-violent, adventurous, and open. So here’s an idea for a game called “Rabbit Tales”. Far from my usual zombie slaying, I know.

You play a grey rabbit on a calm, relaxing island who can transplant various plants by eating their seeds and pooping them out in another location. If you’re not cool with a game about a rabbit crapping out plant seeds then just replace the rabbit with a squirrel that buries plant seeds instead. Anyway, there are no humans in the game but there are lots of derelict ghost towns and junk heaps that humans left behind. As the rabbit you can transplant trees, bushes, grass, and vines near or inside buildings until the plants overtake and destroy the structure completely, making it disappear. Thus returning the site, the city, and eventually the entire island back to nature. Different buildings require different plants to destroy them. The more plants you eat the more you level up, getting faster, and being able to eat more. You can also attract animal friends to help you by planting lots of their favorite type of flora. After you return an entire island to nature, the moon disappears and creates a low tide, thus revealing a sand bridge onto the next island which will be randomly generated to have more buildings, larger cities, and different plants, environments, and animal friends. Because the “island worlds” are procedurally generated, the game could go on forever, with larger and larger cities as you progress.

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Creation: Simple Cutscene Control UI Design for Video Games

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I’ve mocked up two different versions, one for PC games and the other for Console games. Both will behave a little differently so it’s easy and intuitive to control cutscenes. Basically, each year the Video Game Industry commits an unforgivable sin, it creates games with cutscenes that cannot be skipped / paused / rewound / and fast forwarded. Now I know that most cutscenes today are rendered in real time, so rewinding and fast forwarding might get a little complicated, but there should at least be a replay / pause / skip feature then. Some games have tried to add a cutscene control UI but it’s cumbersome and usually requires you to press a button for the UI to pop up, then press left or right a few times to select the right control (pause, skip, etc) then press a button again to select it. This takes too long. So I designed something that flows better. read…

 

Idea: Using Split Screen and Picture in Picture For Cutscenes in Video Games

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Cutscenes are vital for passing on emphasis, storyline, emotion, and plot informing to the player. Unfortunately they interrupt gameplay. So players watch and enjoy cutscenes their first time through the game but skip them during subsequent play throughs. This cold shoulder attitude towards cutscenes gets worse in multiplayer games, which tend to avoid cutscenes altogether (and unfortunately story, plot, and emotion too). This is because cutscenes in multiplayer games have to be either watched or skipped by everyone playing so that one player isn’t in game while the others are still watching (same reason why multiplayer games don’t let one player pause the game for everyone). Thus cutscenes, and other storytelling elements, are left out of many of today’s modern multiplayer games and gone with them are the deep and meaningful emotions that were once created.   read…

 

Redesigning The Way We Teach The Controls To A Player

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Long ago I used to be a console person. I knew every button on a PS2 and GameCube controller and even back then I had trouble remembering the controls and combos to new games. Not to mention the more time passed the more I failed at quick-time events. It’s a lot easier to remember the controls to a game when the hints on screen not only tell you what the buttons do but also show you where the buttons are. So I came up with these button placement view tip things… I don’t even know what to call them … Just see below. read…