Tuesday 22 April 2014

Character Creation

Final Fantasy 9 had some beautiful characters. I remember them being like nothing I'd ever seen before. As the first RPG I ever got to play, the detail in that game (growing up with the Playstation) blew me away. They all had so much care to their detail, each one very unique from the last.

Often I find myself enjoying games with good character design more than ones with character creation. The simple reason, the limitations when implemented in game make for a much less satisfying character. Usually not meeting the level of creativity my imagination wants to put behind a character. It becomes a compromise when making choices for how to design the character.

The time that someone else has put into the design of a full fleshed out character with the proper style and detail that someone had in mind can often be achieved now a days. Something like this had a whole other level of limitation:

In early games one had to deal with the technology getting in the way of the developers wanted. Now that technology has greatly improved, it seems that the greatest limitation is when someone has to develop user interface that truly gives a person freedom in creature creation.

Many games seem to implement the idea that giving a person character creation options are a way to please the player even if the options are few. It gives a sort of illusion of freedom that a player has control when it's in truth a sort of lazy way out for the developer to just not put effort into designing.

In terms of character design

Good examples:

Bad example:

 I bring this all up because I've been waiting for a long time for a game that can produce a character creation system that matches the quality of characters I'm so used too seeing in pre-designed characters like shown above.

Today I was linked by a friend an amazing video that shows the character creation I've been waiting for. The game is Black Desert and it's the first time I've seen it. I can't wait to see what else comes from this.

Monday 14 April 2014

Birthday Party!

After having a birthday party with a bunch of my friends I realized how much I wanted to have access to more quality party games. There are many fun mulitplayer games but games that are designed for a bunch of friends that have low learning curves are quite wonderful gems.

These gems are not the easiest to find. There may be quite a bit of cheap party games but I'm looking for content that is worth getting and replaying over and over.


  • Two player 
  • 2D combat game
  • Quick matches 
  • Good tournament system.
  • Lots of modes

Super Smash Brothers series

  • Up to 4 players
  • Fighting game
  • Match time varies
  • Lots of characters
  • Lots of stages
  • Custom stages
  • Lots of items

Mariokart series (I prefer CTR but I don't believe it has multitab capability [which isn't a common accessory for most people]

  • Up to 4 players
  • Racing game
  • Matches usually no longer than 5 minutes
  • One can change the player per race
  • Change in character and vehicles is mostly aesthetic, minor changes in gameplay

Worms series
Depending on which version one gets the features vary but most of them are all great. I personally own World Party and highly recommend it.

  • Up to 16 players hotseat
  • Turn based combat game
  • Lots of weapons/ item variety
  • Lots of modes
  • Custom stages
Chu-Chu Rocket
  • Up to 4 players
  • Puzzle game, but it can get really fast paced and hectic
  • A crazy amount of levels
  • Custom levels
  • Some extra modes
Wii Sports
Not actually a bad series of games. I'm quite a fan of the bowling game since it games the none skilled bowlers feel amazingly talented. 

Super Monkey Ball

  • Tons of levels to try
  • Time challenges 

Little Big Planet

  • endless amount of levels
  • up to 4 players
  • offline and online 

Zen Pinball

  • The best pinball game I know of w a bunch of neat machines
  • Play up to 4 people as well I believe
  • There is a hot seat option
  • You can play for highest score (last time I did this I broke my high score)
Burnout Paradise 

  • The most satisfying race you'll ever have
  • destroy your friends
  • get destroyed
  • and in the end, just keep racing and breaking your car.

The Yawhg

  • Up to 4 players
  • If you like DnD it's like that but w/ out the combat
  • Very personally story driven (all about your choices).
  • Replayability
  • 15-20 minute matches max  

Things I need to look at

Samurai Gunn

Tower Fall

The Unrelated Podcast Ep 3

Pardon my absence but I lost track of time with school. Come May I will make a blog post daily once more! for now I have a podcast for you and I will soon have many more once I edit them later this month.