Contrary to what I might’ve thought before starting on the sprites, “neutral” is not the most used expression for any of my characters. If you think about it, it doesn’t even make sense. How often do you 😐 in real life? After painstakingly adding emotions to sprites in more than half of the game, I now know what each character’s favorite expression is: for Devlin it’s his evil grin, for Alden it’s his cute smile, for Seth it’s his slightly annoyed all-knowing look. (they’re burned unto my retinas. Aaah!)
I’ve learned that rereading scenes you haven’t seen in a while can make you laugh. I’ve actually laughed out loud playing my own game before. That sounds so wrong…
You can’t trust your brain. What is acceptable one day is crappy writing the next. Whenever I rewrite a line a war breaks out.
sappy me “But that was such a cute line, I’d love it if someone said that to me!”
pragmatic me “It’s not realistic enough.”
sappy me “Who cares? If you want reality go outside, don’t play video games.”
pragmatic me “We have to draw a line somewhere, to keep things interesting. If all the guys jump you from the start, where’s the challenge in that?”
sappy me “You’re no fun.”
I’m incapable of deleting stuff. Maybe incapable is too strong a word, because I’ve cut out stuff before, but if I ever need to delete a bit of dialogue I try to find other places to put all my favorite lines so they don’t get cut out completely.
Someone is always at a disadvantage. I’ve never noticed this in other people’s games, but I notice it a lot in mine. I always compare my boys. Does x have longer dialogue than y? Does x have more encounters than y? Are they more interesting or more diverse? I try to treat them all equally but that’s never gonna happen.
Moving stuff around sucks because you have to find and rewrite a bunch of things and recalibrate the point system. Just thinking about it sends a shiver down my back.
Not writing a script before getting started is stupid. ‘Nuff said.
Is it just me or these blog posts are becoming more like diary entries?