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Week 5 Art Direction

An art direction document is a visual guide to the look and feel of a game, made to establish a common vision during production. Create an art direction document for your game, using mood boards, original concept art and mocked-up screenshots. Illustrate the environments and characters defined in your narrative design document, and plan the…

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Week 5 Spark Forum

To get this week started, we would like you to tell us about two games – one of which might require a bit of research. Firstly, what is the most visually interesting game you have seen or played? Explain how the art direction (character and environment design, colour palette, post-processing, etc) supports the gameplay and…

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Narrative Design

Challenge Brief Narrative Design Document Feel free to add illustrations, diagrams and samples of dialogue, quest design, or anything else you feel would play an important part in the storytelling. In a professional context, this would make up part of the game design document (GDD). Setting: What kind of world does the game take place…

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Narrative Design in Gorogoa

Gorogoa has no dialogue, incredibly simple controls and unique gameplay but it tells a deep story through illustration and gameplay. I’m hoping to design my narrative in my illustration so chose to think about Gorogoa. The player has no influence over the linear story, except that Gorogoa is a game that inspires our own imagination….

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Week 3 Programming my Game

Programming my game has forced me to think about the game mechanics and how fun the game is to play without any narrative, art, animation or sound! A narrative, music or art direction might make a game what it is, but it’s worth bearing in mind what the bare bones of your concept are. You…

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Inclusive Character Design

“Queer Cyborg Mystic, Honey P. Rosenbloom (they/them) infuses love into their works, be it organizing events with Friendship Garden Game Developers, unionizing their workplace with Alphabet Workers United, or developing games to build intimacy and connection. Advocate for inclusivity, deep listening, and magic, their mission is to build inclusive, caring communities that can withstand the unforeseen changes…

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