Phasing through the Phases. Assignment 3 Part 2


Welcome back to the next update of Assignment 3. I have narrowed down my Projects to 2. Criteria for selecting these projects out of the 5 were the level of interest I had and how feasible it was to accomplish in a year.



This is the story about a pair of young boys in the sweltering June of 1995. Fishing in the storm drains was a past time back then, we would climb into the drains and look for fish to keep in our homes.


This project is an interactive comic book. Moving gifs would create a more immersive reading experience while little mini-games within the panels would help the reader feel more connected with the characters. In a sense I want to give readers some semblance of my experience when I was a child through this novel.

This project will be a Solo project as well.


These images show just how much difference a little movement in the images makes.

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Done as an interactive website, I aim to use HTML/CSS and Javascript as a platform for my novel. Art and gifs will be done in Adobe Photoshop.


Guiding the player through the use of moving gifs and recording the results of the mini-games I aim to generate endings that differ slightly from each other.

The style of the art would most likely be in Pixel Art as to me it represents a rather retro feel of olden day video games and such giving a sense of nostalgia.


Most of the Art and Programming will be done by myself so budget in this aspect would not be an issue.

Possible use of budget would be for sound design, a subtle background track and another track for more exciting parts and sound effects.

I estimate around $100-$300 will be spent on this.




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There are many games out there in the world of today, but what I feel that most people can agree on  is that the Game Design element is the most important. Not just the look of the game but how the game is played is most important. What is the player going to be doing for the next 1 to 5 hours.

This Project is an Isometric RPG that focuses of action and strategy.




Taking inspiration from games like, CRAWL, HYPERLIGHT DRIFTER, WAYWARD SOULS, EITR and MOON HUNTERS. I feel that this game would best suit the Pixel Art style. Reason being after completing the game, I want this game to be the kind of game you pull out once every few years just to play around with and Pixel Art tends to stand the test of time more effectively that your AAA 3D games.


For mechanics, I took inspiration from games like PORTAL and VOLFIED to create what I believe to be a unique main mechanic of which the game revolves around.



Most of the game revolves around placing points called “TOTEMS” on the map these points act as beacons of a sort when the player dashes into a TOTEM he is transported to a corresponding
TOTEM. When this happens the space between the TOTEMS will have an effect such as DAMAGE or STUN depending on the type of TOTEM placed.

If a player places 3 TOTEMS in the correct physical proximity it will form a TRIANGLE. The effect stated above will then occur within the TRIANGLE.
TOTEMS can come in 3 types, ATTACK, DEFENSE and SUPPORT.
e.g Placing 2 ATTACK TOTEMS will have a DAMAGE effect, placing 2 DEFENSE TOTEMS will have a SLOW effect, placing 1 ATTACK and 1 DEFENSE TOTEM will have a STUN effect.



This game mechanic has potential to create puzzle elements during the game and also make for interesting COMBAT situations.



A Sci-Fi narrative that takes place on a desert planet about a lost traveler trying to find his way home.

Story By Josephine:

A man wakes up in the middle of the desert and he can’t remember his name. The only things he has in his possession is a poncho, and 3 mysterious totems in his pocket. He wanders to look for food and shelter and he stumbles upon a hermit living in a yurt. He shares his story with the hermit and reveals the totems in his pocket. The hermit, recognizing these totems, teaches the man to use them.

The man stays with the hermit and they help one another gather food and chase away bandits — both using the totems. [tutorial levels]
A few days later, the yurt is approached by a group of officials who request the hermit pay for the use of their boss’s land otherwise they would have to force him to leave or worst. The hermit is unable to pay, but the man defends him. The officials appear to recognize him which would spark a fight between them. [tutorial levels]
[this fight will then to level 3 ‘tower’ defense]




PLATFORMS: PC with the possibility of making it a MOBILE APPLICATION.


Most of the assets and programming will be done inhouse.
Possibilities for budget allocation mostly to sound design, a subtle background track and another track for more exciting parts and sound effects.

I estimate around $100-$300 will be spent on this.




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Phasing through the Phases. Assignment 3 Part 1



For the first part of assignment 3 we were asked to come up with 5 ideas. Here are my ideas in less than 20 words.

Idea 1 : A digital graphic novel. Whats to special about this graphic novel is that it is done entirely in moving pixel art GIFs. This hopefully creates a more immersive experience when one reads it.

Solo Project, Budget $100-$500.

Idea 2: An isometric action RPG. This is done in pixel art with a special game mechanic.

Duo Project, Budget $100-$500.

Idea 3: A pixel art shortfilm. Most animated films are either drawn or in 3d what I want to do is create a unique viewing experience telling the viewer a story through the medium of pixel art in all it’s 8 bit goodness.

Solo Project/Duo Project, Budget $100-$500.

Idea 4: A Virtual Reality mapping of the world or something smaller scale. With the use of the Occulus Rift I want to create the experience of exploring the world from anywhere in the world.

Group Project, Budget Very Large. Reasons for the larger budget is that a 360 camera costs $350-$500 for consumer use and around $60K for professional use.

Idea 5: An interactive installation based of my project called the Random Day Generator. The idea behind this project is to have people from all over the world contribute videos to a library and simulate a random day based on those videos.

Group Project, Budget $100-$500.

Perfect Pitch

Pitch 1

To develop an installation project called the “Random Day Generator”, by creating a database of videos taken from all over the world. These videos will then be put into 8 categories from waking up to sleeping with tags such as “Christmas”, “Sports” and so on. Data will then be visualized on screen showing how important certain times of day are to certain people or during certain occasions.

Funds for this project would probably be used to book a location as well as sound design.

Pitch 2

This project involves going around the world to take VR videos so that people who are unable to travel for various reasons can experience the world in a first person view.

Due to the large budget I would think that we are able to hire people to take these videos starting with the major cities and landmarks.

Pitch 3

For a Duo project I would do a 2d pixel art game. With RPG elements and a unique gameplay mechanic. Funds would probably be used for sound design.