The First Challenge: Ledge Grab Mechanic
In exploring the world between battles, the player will need the ability to grab ledges and pull themselves up. In practice, that means we need to do a few things.
- Detect when the player is in a position to grab a ledge, and,
- Leave them hanging there until they decide on the next input.
The solution I came up with involves a separate collider placed where the player should be able to grab. When the player enters the collider it locks the character’s position to that of the collider until the player inputs an action. Easy.
And in the final scene, this collider is of course, invisible.
12:21 am • 4 March 2014 • 1 note
“The human experience is always wider and deeper than a single narrative, and over time, we become hungry for something the monoculture can’t give us.”
— F.S Michaels
7:37 pm • 20 February 2014
I unabashedly love this book. Despite its bleakness it conveys a warmth about humanity; a sense of hope and resoluteness in the face of madness. There aren’t a lot of video games dealing with existentialist themes that aren’t related to video games and I’d like to fill that void. Time for a re-read I think. :)
3:50 am • 20 February 2014
(Hopefully) my second last cut. This has been a really cool project but I’m almost glad it’s over.
11:30 am • 5 November 2013
Flowers are confusing.
Production shot from this semester’s narrative project.
11:41 am • 4 November 2013
Ideology is Self-inflicted Torture
I think about the way I think, that is I try to understand where my concept of truth and the nature of things comes from. Sometimes I split it into discrete ideologies that bounce and struggle against each other, sometimes it’s a stream of emotion where I barely consider the logical consistency of what I feel, I only know that it feels right. It would be absurd of me to suggest I am not at all influenced by ideology in ways I don’t understand - I almost certainly am. Indeed, people who claim to operate pragmatically don’t seem to understand the construction of knowledge - I won’t go in this here, but it suffices to say pragmatism can only be applied relatively, not absolutely.
As such, a lot of what academia entails is justifying what you believe in a logical manner. Sometimes this reveals the absurdity of some beliefs, more often though, the debate comes down to the minute of quantum physics, human nature or some other nonsense. We have phrase for this in political science it is “the irresolvable”, and the way in which we resolve the irresolvable - by making assumptions on faith - can be the starting point for ideologies, sure we probably have some decent evidence for what we believe, but it falls short of adequacy. We tend to narrow our scope by using these assumptions, writing to convince only those who understand the world the way we do, knowing that any one argument will be inadequate when people start referencing string theory, (unless you’re arguing about physics.) I comfort myself by knowing that at the very least we try to understand the forces that push and pull on our mind, vying for a piece of it.
I’m interested in people who don’t fully consider the idea that what they have been taught about the world does not represent the pure truth - if there is such a thing - but rather is ideologically based. I am mostly concerned with the pain it might cause, rather than pushing some agenda of my own. I worry that people might be torn between ideologies, or to them, torn between truths and in trying to reconcile them lose a certain amount of pleasure in life.
People are greedy, people want to profit. I am a failure because I’m too weak to seek profit. I spend my life to take care of my family, but I’m an individual, I need to care about myself. I feel so guilty though, my family needs me. Why can’t I do it all? The world expects me to do it all. Humans are equal, they can do it, so must I. Recovery from depression is measured in capacity to work in 9-5 and lattes with work friends. If I can cope with that, if I can compete, I’m cured. I’m a person again.
I’ve experienced this kind of stream of consciousness before and it can be overwhelming. Knowing where these ideas come from, and the tenuous truths behind them helps, but only to a degree. I can’t help but wonder how I would feel if I didn’t know. Maybe I’m being elitist, or acting ‘enlightened,’ but whatever. I’m not judging those who don’t understand ideology, just recognising them. It’s an individual experience, certainly, but this does affect people. This is the dilemma I am exploring with my video narrative work this semester.
9:51 pm • 17 October 2013
I made a thing! Artwork for grid-based tabletop games, I specifically made it to play Pathfinder. It worked well as a graphic design exercise, dealing with exact measurements is still a challenge for me. Uncompressed PDF is available here.
4:41 am • 16 October 2013 • 2 notes
Running on fumes here…
Anyone want to carry me?
10:53 pm • 2 October 2013
“Marry your best friend. I do not say that lightly. Really, truly find the strongest, happiest friendship in the person you fall in love with. Someone who speaks highly of you. Someone you can laugh with. The kind of laughs that make your belly ache, and your nose snort. The embarrassing, earnest, healing kind of laughs. Wit is important. Life is too short not to love someone who lets you be a fool with them. Make sure they are somebody who lets you cry, too. Despair will come. Find someone that you want to be there with you through those times. Most importantly, marry the one that makes passion, love, and madness combine and course through you. A love that will never dilute - even when the waters get deep, and dark.”
— N’tima (via artistsuffer)
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10:53 pm • 2 October 2013 • 359,547 notes