Tuesday, 15 January 2013

XB3002 GAMES FUTURES #1: New Module

Ok, new year, new semester, new module. As I said in my last DD3000 post, we're starting a new set of assignments with Joe which will be based on our work in the previous module. In XB3002, we will use the research we gathered for our reports as the basis for a video game concept and pitch. Meanwhile, we will also be learning how to apply to certain companies through portfolios and CVs, among other things. The complete list of things we have to hand in for this module is as follows:-

  • 3x 2 Page Concept Docs eploring our research from DD3000
  • A detail Project Plan
  • 1x 30 Page visually rich Games Design Document based on one of the 3 concept docs. This must include the following:-
  1. Overview
  2. Characters/ Enemies
  3. Mechanics
  4. Sounds
  5. UI
  6. Environments
  7. Example Level and 60 sec gameplay example
  • 15 min professional Games Pitch with 5 min Q&A
  • A portfolio of existing work, accompanying CV, cover letter and 250 word company analysis doc for a AAA studio of my choice
  • A portfolio of existing work, accompanying CV, cover letter and 250 word company analysis doc for an Indie studio of my choice
  • Supporting R&D blog displaying market research and chronicle designs

Needless to say, I have already begun formulating ideas for the first deliverables (the 3 concept docs), as you can see in the following mind map:-
From this, I have come up with 3 basic concepts, which include:-
  • A platformer where players take the role of genetically engineered sheep-men clones who must escape from a lab. Cloning would take the form of a 'lives' system, which each respawn being a clone of the last, some of which may suffer from disabilities
  • A Civilisation/ Theme hospital-style game where players must manage a cloning research facility and explore various fields of research to gain funding and obtain the Nobel Prize
  • An RTS game where players control an army of clone soldiers. These troops can be upgraded through genetic engineering and may also suffer physical abnormalities and psychological issues

That about covers the first week with this new module. I should have more updates soon.

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