Tiny Bubbles | Stu Denman | website
Of the reasons why there are so many platform games out there, is because making them has been pretty much standardised. There are hundreds of tutorials on how to clone Super Mario; but there’s no tutorial on how to create a game like Tiny Bubbles. Developer Stu Denman has crafted his own bubble simulation, giving life to something truly unique. Pressure, surface tension and even curved reflections: all those features that you would expect are perfectly captured in Tiny Bubbles. Stu has been very open about the development of the game; if you’re interested in knowing more about the techniques used to create bubbles, you can check here, here and here.
It’s no mystery that Fantastic Arcade showcases some of the best, small indie titles out there. And NIUM looks definitely one of them. The game is created by the developer who’s best known for Downwell. For this new project, however, Moppin has decided for a completely different aesthetic and gameplay. NIUM, together with other intriguing games, can be bought on itch.io to support Austin’s independent game collective JUEGOS RANCHEROS.
Astroneer | System Era | website | steam | twitter
Let’s be honest: saying that Astroneer is going to be huge is unnecessary. The game has attracted a large audience already, and there is no doubt is going to be a commercial success. Incidentally, this ambitious indie title effortlessly delivers most of features that are missing from No Man’s Sky. Multiplayer and terrain deformations are not just some minor cosmetics decoration: they are deeply woven in the fabric of Astroneer. The game is about surviving, exploring and building bases on alien planets. All aspects that Astroneer implements with an immersive, diegetic interface. From the music the to user experience, every aspect of Astroneer is crafted with love.
forma.8 | Mixed Bag
Mysterious and stylish. Those are probably the two adjectives that best describe forma.8. When Mauro and Andrea of Mixed Bag showed me the game for the first time, I was simply in awe. If you like puzzle games and environmental story telling, you should definitely check this out. forma.8 is, indeed, “a story of hope, deceiving, mystery and war“.
Canabalt, Panoramical, Feist, Night In the Woods. There’s one thing that those games have in common: Finji. After having produced so many interesting products, it’s understandable to be overly-excited for their new project, Overland. The clean aesthetic of the game is coupled with an exceptionally designed interface. Overland is a survival game with procedural generated levels, set in a post-apocalyptic North America. Among its’ many features, it promises emergent narrative; something I am very fan on. Finji plans to release the game in 2017, even though they offer First Access on itch.io.
From Pong to GTA V, it is undeniable that games have undergone a massive evolution in the past fifty years. While books and movies have offered a passive entertainment, games are the first really interactive media in history. And since we are the first generation which is experiencing it, it’s only natural that we question its power. This post offers a loose perspective on the effects of censorship in art and entertainment; on how it is affecting games and, even more importantly, on what it says about us as a society.
This post will explain why photorealistic rendering in games is important and, paradoxically, why you shouldn’t care
too much about it.
- Part 1. What gamedevs should learn from movies
- Part 2. The importance of story telling
- Part 3. Aesthetics over graphics
Photorealism is the Bonsai Kitten of game development: everyone talks about it, but it has yet to be seen. Despite this, there’s an ongoing battle of wits between game engines, ferociously fought with tech demos and last-minute announcements. Being able to render reality seems to be the priority. But… does it really matter? Continue reading
This tutorial shows how to download videos from YouTube and to process their frames with Python; I have used this technique to create game barcode, an image created by sorting the colours in each frame of a particular video. You can see some of most intriguing here:
- FEZ (video, 2000px)
- Journey (video, 2000px)
- Super Mario World (video, 2000px)
- Fallout 4 (video, 2000px)
This tutorial is divided in four parts:
- Step 1. Processing a video
- Step 2. Processing a frame
- Step 3. Generating the barcode
- Step 4. Downloading from YouTube