The Maker Faire is the Greatest Show and Tell on Earth—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. It's a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning. During the JDE showcase in the summer, we connected with people affiliated with this … Continue reading Mini Maker Faire
We brainstormed 14 potential ideas for our next game. The majority of the games were focused on creating local based games and we were researching if our brainstormed games have been created in the past. Over the weekend the group was assigned to brainstorm and bring in new ideas for the next week. The methods … Continue reading Back to Square One
The reason why we put HumaniTsunami on hold was because our instructors asked us to find the core of our game and we were unable to discover the core. Within the last week, we looked for 20 other games that are similar to the game, and find what made our game unique. The core makes … Continue reading Putting on Hold and Finding a Core
When the producers of JDE came together to decide on a schedule for the summer, they decided that a submission to the IGF would be the ideal goal for games that we created. Now, the IGF is not the definitive end goal for JDE. In fact, if our games don't end up as IGF submissions, … Continue reading Shooting for IGF Submission
While deciding on a art style for Snow Angel we went through a number of revisions. However, the one thing that became clear as we began working on the game was that we wanted our environments, characters, and aesthetic to evoke the same feelings that a player got from playing classic platformers, like Mario and … Continue reading Art Style & Aesthetic
This week we decided to finalize our level blockout and change how our level looked. Originally, we were planning to have the level be made as a low poly terrain, until we found out that hexagonal terrain stands out and doesn’t blend with our assets. It looked better than how we originally planned and shifted … Continue reading Fluid Development
Developers always need time to spend away from computers. Here at JDE, we occasionally take various field trips across Chicago. While JDE is primarily focused on making games, excursions away from games helps to cleanse our creative palates and allow us to come back rejuvenated and ready to look at games from a whole new … Continue reading Not Just Games….
While Designing levels for Snow Angel, we do so as one large group instead of assigning one person to design each level. We do this for a number of reasons, the biggest being that it allows us to quickly bounce ideas back and forth with each other (including iterations and additions) and gives each team … Continue reading Designing Levels
The designers of the JDE had the opportunity to talk to industry veterans who were also Founders of the former DGE. One of them, Patrick Curry, is a current developer at Unity who gave a lot of insight from his time at DePaul University. Since Patrick has so much experience, Sam, Andy, and I spent … Continue reading The ‘Shark Fin’ Theory
Going to Bit Bash this year was incredibly useful as a fellow designer and producer of games. The biggest thing that stuck out to me was the focus on couch co-op games. From Regular Human Basketball to Pocket Rumble, we are, at least in the Chicago scene, are seeing a renaissance of sorts in terms … Continue reading Bit Bash!
After a week of designing the gameplay of Humani Tsunami, we decided to do a Prehistoric Level for our Vertical Slice. We as a team had to decide on how the terrain would work for the player with our game. The original gameplay consisted of geometric box like terrain, but the question was how it … Continue reading Creating ‘The Land Before Time’
Humani Tsunami has gone through a lot of design pitches and phases to flesh the gameplay out. The original concept was just destroying objects in this geometric like world, but it seemed too similar to mobile games and other hoard based mechanics. We decided as a team, that we should try making less about destroying … Continue reading Getting to “Noah’s Ark”
Snow Angel is a game about guiding and protecting a baby penguin from the dangers of the outside world. Controlling a benevolent "Snow Angel", players manipulate the environment, placing platforms and other obstacles to ensure the baby penguin makes it home in one piece. The game is inspired by classic games like Lemmings and Super … Continue reading What is Snow Angel?