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Mini Postmortem of “You are, A Shadow”

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Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 8:53 am

Thought I should write a small post that will help people understand the theme/logic of my #LD48 entry
http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-26/?action=rate&uid=21211

The game by itself is intentionally not self-explanatory.
I see couple of people getting back to me trying to reason about some design “suggestions” :) … some were really good, and then some made me feel that people are thinking in a quite different direction / not thinking at all.

So here’s what I’ll do mysteriously help all confused gamers :)

Explaining some design with FAQs.

Q1. The game doesn’t have much controls and is confusing.

Did I forget to mention tough choices? No I didn't.

Did I forget to mention tough choices?
No I didn’t.

A1. Meant to be so. The theme was “minimalism”
When I thought of the game design, I thought of vagueness and scope for making people think when they play the game. Everything converges when scores are shown.
Yes, I could have made a big 5 stage coin collecting platformer, but that’ll be out of theme and nothing new to experiment.

 


Q2. I did not select the Red Girl but I still got % on perverted scores

It's not wrong to be attracted to sexy dressed girls, now is it?

It’s not wrong to be attracted to sexy dressed girls, now is it?


A2. Those are just one of the places where I want people to think. On a second thought, you should be thinking all throughout the game.
I was kinda serious when I wrote this in game description.
“You are supposed to make “choices”, which sometimes are difficult than a “RedPill vs BluePill” question in real life! ”

So here’s my question to you, WHY do you think choosing the red dress girl would mark you as a pervert, but the purple dressed girl will not?
What is wrong you are attracted to skinner/sexily dressed girls? Is it really wrong?  It’s a choice and a personal preference IMHO.
The girl in red dress could be a very kind and good human, while the girl in purple dress could be shady. Who knows?

These are not meaningless messages friend.

These are not meaningless messages friend.

The other problem here is people are trying to “assume” some stuff about the algorithm behind it but are fixing their thoughts to a linear assumption.
The algo is complex.. it considers stuff from real world.  What could be an act of kindness in a particular level, will be a goofy choice in another.

So “Think”.

 

Q3. The sounds are too loud
A3.  Yeah I’m terribly sorry about that. My bad.
Laptop speakers aren’t that great.. although I  tested my sounds at 100% volume while mixing.. I still hear less :)
Point noted and will remember that for my next game. Thank you :)

 

Q4. Any tips on how to play the game?  In other words how do I fake it to make scores look clean.

What game?

What game?


A4. I am not going to tip anyone on how to fake it :) , but yes I can help to reach a point where you can make ‘clearer’ decision on whether to fake it or stick real.
Here’s my mysterious way of helping you guys.. remember 3 things while playing the game
1. Watch the level “name”
2. Level ‘name’ is a ‘situation’/’time’.
Evaluate the both choices along with the level name.  It’s not just about choice1 vs choice 2 .. its choice 1 vs choice2 vs levelname.
3. Think a lot.. get real life decisions as examples to help yourself . :)

I’d be happy to answer any other queries you might have.
Please leave your valued suggestions in comments :)

For now, I’m gonna go and play games of other participants and earn some more knowledge.
Signing out.

“You are, A Shadow” Updates

Posted by
Sunday, April 28th, 2013 7:29 pm

Continuing from http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/2013/04/26/had-to-meditate-but-got-an-awesome-idea/

The game is called “You, are a Shadow” and will use this post for updates :)

All time in IST zone:

April 29th, 2013

0753 hrs – LOL I just noticed that there was an hour of submission time too.. didn’t know that. Submitted before that. :)
I dont feel like booting up my machine again and adding that missing credits line… too tired, eyes shutting down and I know once I start editing something..  meticulous me is going to find more stuff to fix.. and the finally compression and host again on my server… dah No can do; sorry 😀

0714 hrs – Trying to pull myself up from all the exhaustion.. and randomly look at some entries from other Indie devs posting on IRC.
I also remember that my over stressed brain forgot to add one last source of sound credits… Jamendo.com .. my bad.
Don’t think its a good idea to now edit the compo entry.. it’d probably make it invalid.. so I’m just mentioning here for good karma. :)

Also pic of my desk now, trying to clean up 😀

The 5 energy drinks and food (not visible in pic.. burp) that kept me going :D

The 5 energy drinks and food (not visible in pic.. burp) that kept me going :D

0707 hrs –  Damn :)  23 minutes left and I just made it in time.. Submitted the entry.  Yippie Yahoooooo!!! 😀
Here it is folks – http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-26/?action=rate&uid=21211

Meanwhile, updating log since last timestamp…  I banged my head on a spiky wall to get the music right .. and its still not there to my taste.. a lot of sounds I couldn’t get them right.. so had to use “Coin” sound effect :( ..   But hey! atleast it is complete.
I took a ton of time to find the right music that can set the mood and go well with the graphics.

Also decided to add a credits page at the last moment (not for self appreciation, but to credit the sound sources) .. oh well.. added my name too. 😀

Hoping you guys have fun playing my game 😀

Btw, facebook page is here for the Likes 😉  – https://www.facebook.com/YouAreAShadow

Hugs to everyone who participated.
0306 hrs – About 3+ hrs left.. I made a list of all sounds I need… it looks like I need about 16 tracks YIKES!
Streaming Live again – http://www.twitch.tv/toonheartgames .. watch me pull my hair creating game sounds. Will I be able to do it?

0204 hrs – Sorry guys, long pending update.
In the last couple of hours I fixed fonts issues,
a ton of math on ‘probabilities’,
reworking some backend calculation and level difficulties,
designed more graphic sprites,
added a tutorial :),
added the final score screens and that’s about it on the game. :)
I also took a little rest in between.

So, what’s pending?  Sounds and music .. YIKES! .. I’m so noob at that… and just ~5hrs left for the compo to end… I gotta hurry.
Also, I am not sure if I will find time to do some animations :(
Let’s race for it.

Meanwhile, yet another teaser for you :) .. I hope I am keeping you guys interested 😀

Life of a shadow?

Life of a shadow?

April 28th, 2013

1418 hrs – Title screen is done. Back to graphics. A game logo is done :)

Having trouble with CSS stylings using custom fonts.. Trying to fix it.  Meanwhile, here’s another teaser to keep you interested 😀

half cut logo to keep it suspense :)

half cut logo to keep it suspense :)

1218 hrs – Finished coding 13 levels… some seriously difficult decisions for the gamers to make in the game. I’d advise not playing the game in front of your girlfriend or boyfriend. Disclaimer: I am not responsible for any break-ups that might happen :)

 

0513 hrs – Taking a small nap. Unable to hold my head up. Will resume coding level generation after the nap.

0453 hrs – Decision algo has been moved from paper to Code. Here’s another sneak peek of how ‘You, are a shadow’ will play with your brain. 😀

You, are a shadow.. with a  ton of troubles :)

You, are a shadow.. with a ton of troubles :)

 

0319 hrs – Finished scribbling level brainfuck mapping for 13 Levels… that’s right.. 13 levels :)
Now to put them in code 😀
Damn in last 41 hrs, I slept for 3.25 hrs. Too tired to work on #LD48 … AND then someone reminds me of my superenergy music playlist .Hell Yeah!
Listening 2 music tracks of Naruto, DragonBallZ, TheSocialNetwork, Rocky, TopGun, @battlefield3_ & supercharging myself.
My #LD48 is still ON

 

0230 hrs – Put in graphics in the game. Wrote some nice effects. Took care of player movements and collisions.
Currently scribbling level challenges on paper.
Meanwhile, 3 energy drinks, 2 dark chocolates and 1 paya gulped down.

April 27th, 2013

2237 hrs – Almost all the graphics is done.. except tiny bits I guess.. which I will do later. Honestly, tired of drawing now.. since last 12hrs.
Let’s start off on the code now. Will fill in missing stuff later.

More teaser

Some sprites of the game :)

Some sprites of the game :)

 

1858 hrs – Major part of the art is done.. except a couple of characters and items. :)  Taking a small break as of now.. wrists paining.
Here’s another teaser for you guys 😉

Ooo la la :P What was the theme again? Minimalism ;)

Ooo la la 😛
What was the theme again?
Minimalism ;)

1140 hrs –  Planned rough layout of game graphics on paper. Now live again at http://www.twitch.tv/toonheartgames doing game art on inkscape.

1020 hrs  – Rough gameplay mechanics done on paper. Now to start art. Ok looks like I need my first energy drink of the day.

0910 hrs – I name the game “You’re a Shadow” :)

0900 hrs – Huaaaaaaaaa….. Just hit a super cool kick ass idea for the theme

0840 hrs – ok now, time to get serious. Lights off.. shirt off.. Seiza posture meditation.

0830 hrs – 1 hr gone. No solid ideas yet … arghh.

0800 hrs – Right of the bat @ludumdare 26 theme is making me cry 😛 Who Dafaq voted for that theme 😛

0708 hrs – Just woke up, brush in mouth.. thought I woke up 40mins late for #LD48 Sigh :( W00T, @ludumdare website says 20 mins to start! Yippie! :)

Had to meditate…but Got an Awesome idea!

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Friday, April 26th, 2013 8:38 pm

An hour into #LD48 and I still couldn’t think of a theme.
I didn’t want to see anyone’s live stream, it would confuse me more.

Put the lights off, took the shirt off… keeled down in Seiza posture and started thinking….

And the lights came on :)

I hit an awesome idea, just finished scribbling rough gameplay idea on paper.


The game’s called “You’re a Shadow”

It’s on!

Follow me on @srikrishnadas or @toonheart
or watch http://twitch.tv/toonheartgames for live stream of my work 😀

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