Theo Mellon, Senior Art Intern In 2018, we started on a project called Walking in Francis Guy’s Brooklyn. It was to be a VR alpha release game for Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, supported with a small grant from them. Guests would be able to walk around the painting Winter Scene in Brooklyn by […]
Echoes Ex Machina: A Guided Meditation on Historical Sound Design
Listen – I am tasked with breathing acoustic life into Walking in Guy’s Brooklyn (WGB) – a video game based around Francis Guy’s painting Winter Scene in Brooklyn (Figure 1, above). In the different parts of the game, the player takes their avatars to a number of locations that would have been frequented by 1810s […]
Gross! Who Put Data in My Scene?!
“Data management” might not be the sexiest term to throw around, but it’s proven to be one of the most important considerations in the development of our past two games, Mythos Unbound and Saeculum. It is fundamental to game development and can drastically affect how quickly and easily a team can implement and modify ideas. But what exactly […]
Flow in Final Fantasy – What do you mean I just played this game for 12 hours straight?
Post by Game Design I student Jessica McCully Anyone who’s gotten into an MMO – really into an MMO – can relate to this experience, time passing by too quickly to be tracked, a sun that rose or set without you noticing, meals skipped without a thought. This experience is so potent and common that it’s […]
UNITE 2015 Takeaways: Part 2
This is the second and final post covering our key takeaways from Unite 2015. Click here to view the first post. Greg Rogers, Design and Narrative Lead; Perspective Virtual Reality VR is a major buzzword in the game industry right now. Headsets, including the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Google Cardboard, and Playstation VR (among others), […]
UNITE 2015 Takeaways with Dr. Fredrick and Taylor Yust
In September, the Tesseract lead developers were able to attend UNITE 2015, the Unity 3D developer conference, in Boston from the 21st to the 24th. As always, there were some really amazing presentations, and a helpful glimpse into the future of Unity for the upcoming year or two. While there were some great sessions, and the bowling-pool […]
“Mythos Unbound” receives awards in Norway
The Tesseract Studio received top honors at the 9th Annual European Conference for Game Based Learning in Steinkjer, Norway on Oct. 9, 2015. The Studio’s initial release, Mythos Unbound (CLST 2323), tied for first place in the computer-based games category, and received third place in the overall game competition at the conference. The game was developed […]
Super Meat Boy: A better love story than Twilight
Post by Game Design I student Diego Calderon Jesse Schell explains in his book, “The Art of Game Design”, that there are four essential elements in a game: Mechanics, Story, Aesthetics, and Technology. He refers to these elements as an Elemental Tetrad. Aesthetics are the most visible element of a game. Super Meat Boy may look weird […]