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Mosquitoes Attack! by +peter
December 14, 2006, 1:24 pm
Filed under: Game design, Glitch Feed, Glitch Feed Game Development, Relevant Game Design


Relevant Game Design Epidsode 2

Hey there,

This is my idea for a game concept inspired by an every day situation. It’s kinda random and purposely simplistic. Hope you like it!

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The foreigner by +peter
December 14, 2006, 1:23 pm
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*this image is not of Japan, duh

Relevant Game Design Episode 2

words +peter


Living abroad has given me a multitude of challenges that I must solve on a daily basis. While I consider myself fortunate to living in a country that is as advanced, and often more so than my home land of the United States, many barriers remain in my way that will suddenly turn the most basic of tasks into a oninous puzzle of differing and culture and misunderstanding.

As time has passed, I have become more aware of the subtle signals that aid in illumating my path in daily Japanese ritual. What I once percieved as chaotic, I now see as orderly. Trivial tasks have transformed into their name sake and no longer present me with a confounding riddle.

Aiding in this progression is my slowly buidling knowledge of the Japanese language. I am not be able to speak with the confidence of one who has studied many years, but key words have recenly revealed themselves to me, allowing me to piece together the meaning from the abstract sounds that are being poured out by those who speak them.

Being aware of what is going on around me has also been a very crucial tool to assimilating into society. Many times I have been approached with a problem where my current understanding gave me no hints into how it is solved. Instead of attempting a trial and error approach to the solution, I waited for someone who frequents the same situation to come and solve the problem for themselves. I would then learn from what they did and reproduce their actions.

This tactic has proved to be useful in situations of not only basic procedure (such as getting on a train, paying on the bus) but also cultural expectations (when to bow politely, how to greet a stranger, how to ask for forgiveness when you have made a mistake). Here in Japan, almost every detail of every day living is slightly different. Being aware of how others around you handle the same situation will function as a guide and allow one to adapt quickly and become comfortable in their new setting.

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…more…now by bajaba
December 10, 2006, 3:00 pm
Filed under: Game design, Glitch Feed, Glitch Feed Game Development, Relevant Game Design


Relevant Game Design Episode 2

Instead of typical “power-ups” or items that unlock new and more difficult levels of a game, this game focuses on progressively stripping the player of their skills and modes of interaction.


You are visually, aurally, emotionally and intuitively hyper-aware of every trivial action in your world. And its going to kill you. Every one of the millions of passersby’s heartbeats weakens your own. Blinded by the entire light spectrum, the conundrum of everyday life threatens to deafen you. You no longer have control over you own waif-like feeble voice.

And then something happens. Something that causes everything you have always prayed for but have never quite contemplated to commence.

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need … more … by +peter
November 30, 2006, 8:41 am
Filed under: Game design, Glitch Feed, Glitch Feed Game Development, Relevant Game Design


It’s 2 am. The air is wet and cold yet you persist, crawling down the back alley towards that single lantern. A simple light illuminating a worn, metal door brings you forward out of the darkness. To that beacon of hope you slither till your body crashes into the door that is unforgiving and seemingly unwilling to allow you to indulge in your painful addictions.

Your fist pounds upon the barrier and it responds with a dull echo, and then silence. Your addiction is forcing your limbs to move, forcing you out into a cold night that might otherwise kill any lesser man. It eats away at your body and denies you the rest and peace you acutely desire. You need more.

And who am I to deny you of “more”? Your addiction is your problem, but you bring me business and public approval. I am here to give you what you want, what you cannot live without.

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Relevent Game Design episode ONE by +peter
November 19, 2006, 12:36 am
Filed under: Game design, Glitch Feed, Glitch Feed Game Development, Relevant Game Design


The following are game design concepts developed by myself along with the enigmatic yet lovable Stephanie. Using some form of periodical as our source, we chose an article and then designed a core game concept based upon what was being written.

You might notice that this challenge was published about two weeks ago. At that time we claimed we would have our resulting labors published, a paltry seven days later. Those finely edited works would then be ready for all you in blogoland to consume, digest and worship.

Your cries have been heard! We apologize for causing you to hold your breath longer than physically possible. To those faithful readers who have survived that whole suffocating thing, may we present to you: Relevant Game Design episode ONE!

Note: we publish the following so that these concepts may be discussed, debated, applauded, whatever. Public opinion is always appreciated. These projects are not closed off to anyone who would like to join in. When we announce our second design project, we hope that those who wish to join in will do so!


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Cultural relevance as the main course by +peter
October 23, 2006, 11:42 am
Filed under: Game design, Glitch Feed, Glitch Feed Game Development, Relevant Game Design


Stephanie and I always seem to line our conversations with some sort of commentary on the interactive digital medium more commonly known as video games. These thoughts go far beyond the typical trolling of “man, games today suck, why do they suck?” “I dunno, we should make a cool one.” “Yeah, a wicked cool one, man! With guns and wicked awesome graphics.”

Such statements are impossible because Stephanie would never say ‘wicked’ during casual conversation, and secondly because we each have sworn an oath to never use “awesome graphics” as a means to a successful gaming project. I consider there to be a chasm sized distinction between awesome (ultra realistic) graphics and exceptional art direction, but those truths are for another post.

We had a moment of clarity, Stephanie and I. The tumult of graphics and erroneous plot gave way and we re-discovered one of the factors responsible for holding the medium back from being a recognized and significant art form. Cultural relevance is a facet that is needed to legitimatize any artistic medium. The inability or unwillingness to comment on, question or analyze society by any critical method is what forces video games into cultural obscurity.

Suddenly, any fictional narrative we were considering felt devalued. In our haste to spin an epic tale, we had lost sight of what made Glitch Feed’s perspective different from everyones else’s. The core of the gaming experience must be transfigured by focusing upon the base concept. Graphics, sound, game-play, even story all suffer if the concept is poor.

In an effort to focus ourselves onto what we consider to be important in game design, Stephanie suggested a series of projects focusing on developing the concept and core game-play before anything else.

Hit the jump to see how we (and you) will make this manifesto a reality!

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