Category Archives: games

So, I’m a grown-up now

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Not that I haven’t been an adult (technically, anyway) for seven years now. But I have a grown-up job that finally allows me to be monetarily independent. YAY!

And since I’ve been quiet for a while, here are some illustrations I did for Withering Spring (Belladonna) and for Sightless 2.0, the game.

BellCharacterScreen_AislingV2 many sketches

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My group and I delivered this project mid-December. We’re now making the Game Treatment, but in the meantime, here: have the prototype for Sightless.

It’s very short and we had to strip down some of the features to deliver it on time (we had one week to make all of it). Writing and art are by me, coding was by my three colleagues!

What I’ve been doing… part deux

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So, for Game Design and Development, we had to submit a game idea of which the nine most voted by the entire class would be made into game prototypes. I subbed an idea I had based on a re-write of Sightless and it was the third(!) with more votes.So yeah, we’re making it! One tiny step towards one of my dreams, which is turning some of my own novels into games!

I’ve been doing concept art for the game. Here are a couple of screens of Aisling!

sightless CA 01 Screenshot 2013-11-11 17.56.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That aside… I’ve been working on fixing key plot points of Withering Spring as well as taking my Master’s degree classes. Busy busy busy!

Blob Defense Cover + Menu + Intro

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For Three-dimensional Animation and Visualisation,  my group had to do a tiny game with two levels. Ours was Blob Defense and here is the intro and other screens I’ve made for it.

You can download the game here.

Games with romantic elements

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Ok, I won’t lie: I’m a sucker for romance. I love it in books, in movies and yes, in video games. So I decided to compile a list of all the games I’ve played that have romantic elements to them.

The list!
Grim Fandango
Planescape: Torment
Dreamfall: The Longest Journey (the original has a slight mention of romance too — but VERY slight)
Dreamfall: Chapters
The Last Story
Knights of the Old Republic
Knights of the Old Republic II
(albeit a bit subdued)
The Old Republic (every class has at least one romance for male/female. IMPERIAL AGENT FTW)
Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn
Baldur’s Gate II: Throne of Baal (continuation of the BGII romances)
Neverwinter Nights
Neverwinter Nights: Hordes of the Underdark
(also, you have TONS of NWN modules with romances in them)
Neverwinter Nights II
Neverwinter Nights II: Mask of the Betrayer
Final Fantasy X
Resident Evil II
Resident Evil: Code Veronica
Jade Empire
Mass Effect

Mass Effect 2
Mass Effect 3
Transistor (which ended up with me crying like a baby)
To The Moon (also cried like a baby)
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
(I do believe there was a bit of romance there!)
StarCraft (undertones)
StarCraft II
(bit more obvious that in SC1)
Dragon Age
Dragon Age II
Dragon Age: Inquisition (plus follow-ups on the Trespasser DLC)
Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean
Baten Kaitos: Origins
Eternal Sonata
Brutal Legend
Full Throttle
Starfox Adventures
(essentially, romance for furries. But it’s sweet nonetheless)
Heavy Rain (BADLY DONE, imo)
Beyond: Two Souls (I personally disliked the game, but there’s a romance option in it, soooo)
Fahrenheit/Indigo Prophecy
Beyond Good and Evil
(Oh, come on, there was something there!)
The Darkness
Deadly Premonition
(and, I’m not joking, it’s AMAZING)
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West (highly subdued and arguable, but still…)
L. A. Noire (not a lot, and it’s mostly off-screen)
Max Payne 2
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (one can argue about this one, though)
Prince of Persia: The Warrior Within
Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones
Shadows of the Damned
Alan Wake
Sonic Adventure II: Battle
(yup… I played that)
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
The Witcher (
2 and 3 also. YEN IS MY WAIFU)
Saints Row IV (press R to Romance is my favorite thing ever)

And that’s all I can think of right now. If you have additions, please comment! I’d love to have a complete list of games with romance!

Added by other people:
Final Fantasy VI
Final Fantasy VIII
Final Fantasy IX
Shadow Hearts
Shadow Hearts Covenant
Radiata Stories
Chrono Trigger
Stubbs the Zombie
Silent Hill 2
Disgaea 1&2

Metal Gear Solid (series)
Xenogears
The Witcher 2
Psychonauts
Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Skyrim
(not really “romance”, per se, but you can marry)
Fable II (like Skyrim)
Grey Matter (scientist trying to communicate with dead wife… yeah)
Broken Sword (series)
Uncharted (series)
Star Ocean: Till The End Of Time
Super Paper Mario
Assassin’s Creed 2
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
Assassin’s Creed: Revelations
Shadow of the Colossus
Alpha Protocol
Catherine
Persona 3 & 4
Valkyria Chronicles
Ar Tonelico 1/2/3(PS2/PS2/PS3)
Arc Rise
Fantasia
Odin Sphere

Game Review: DIABLO III

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… it doesn’t have groundbreaking storytelling or amazing visuals, Diablo III is a competently designed game. More importantly, it’s an extremely fun game. Gameplay is where Diablo III shines and it’s sometimes so difficult and chaotic that you will almost invariably die—but dying in Diablo III doesn’t make you want to give up (I should know this. At one point, I was screaming and swearing but I still refused to give up!). It makes you want to play more and kill everything in your computer screen.

A video game review, because I’m such a nerd. Visit Burn Bright for the full version!

List of games with great stories

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Because great stories are hard to find in every medium… Here’s a list of video games which (at least for me) have great stories that should not be missed.

This list is going to be updated according to what I forget and with what I still have to play (which is a lot).

Great stories that ABSOLUTELY should not be missed:
Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn (PC)
Baldur’s Gate II: Throne of Bhaal (PC)
Planescape: Torment (PC)
Grim Fandango (PC)
Fallout (PC)
System Shock II (PC)
Portal (PC, Xbox 360, PS3)
Deadly Premonition (Xbox 360)
Mass Effect (the whole trilogy) (PC, Xbox 360, PS3)
Neverwinter Night 2: Mask of the Betrayer (PC)
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Nintendo 64)
Baten Kaitos (GameCube)
Final Fantasy VI (SNES)
Alan Wake (Xbox 360, PC)
The Longest Journey (PC)
Beyond Good and Evil (PC, PS2, Xbox, GameCube)
Phoenix Wright: Trials and Tribulations (Nintendo DS, Game Boy Advance)
Portal 2 (PC, Xbox 360, PS3)
StarCraft (PC)
Chrono Trigger (SNES)

Games that have great stories, but not as jaw-dropping as the ones above:
Anachronox (PC)Enslaved: Odyssey to the West (Xbox 360, PS3)
Max Payne (PC, PS2)
The Witcher (PC, Xbox 360)
Psychonauts (PC, PS2, Xbox)
Final Fantasy X (PS2)
Dreamfall: The Longest Journey (PC, XBox)
Final Fantasy VII (PSONE)
Final Fantasy IV (PSONE, Nintendo DS)
Drakengard (PS2)
Half-Life (PC)
Half-Life 2 (PC)
StarCraft II (PC)
StarFox Adventures (Nintendo GameCube)
The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask (Nintendo 64)
The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker (Nintendo GameCube)
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Nintendo Wii)
Eternal Sonata (Xbox 360, PS3)
Metal Gear Solid (PSONE)
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (PC, Xbox)
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II – The Sith Lords (PC, Xbox)
Dragon Age (PC, Xbox 360, PS3)
Dragon Age II (PC, Xbox 360, PS3)
Brütal Legend (Xbox 360, PS3)
Jade Empire (PC, Xbox)
Neverwinter Nights: Hordes of the Underdark (PC)
Neverwinter Nights II: Mask of the Betrayer (PC)
Full Throttle (PC)
Heavenly Sword (PS3)

… To be updated!