So! Probably time for an update on what I’ve been working on.

For the last three weeks or so, I’ve been making a game for The Games Collective‘s Negative Capability pageant (which has been finished for about a week). It’s a game idea I came up with over a year ago, but hadn’t really the time to explore until recently. It’s almost completely text driven, and involves a lot of writing, which puts it a bit outside my usual comfort zone…

I’ve virtually nothing to show for my weeks of work, which is kind of depressing. As much as I like the concept behind the game, I think at this point I just want to move on. 🙁

Anyway! This weekend I’m going to recover by jumping right back into a new project. The other day I had this game idea which is literally the stupidest game idea I have ever had, and it makes me giggle every time I think about it. Let’s work on that instead!

10 thoughts on “Negative Capability”
  1. With all these various indie events, is there such a thing as a “finish your abandoned game period of time”? Because I certainly could use something like that, and it sounds like it’d have interesting results, considering how universal the concept is.

  2. I want “someone” to make a game where you have a “volonteer”, and you feed him different kinds of yummy foods. You can see how happy and tasty he thinks it is. But then you can also feed him disgusting stuff, sour stuff like lemons etc, and watch him squirm.

    The point/aim/purpose of this game is to have a food simulator so that we can see what happens if you eat the wrong stuff. Powerups include intravenous food drip, forcefeeding tubes, mouth-opening/bending open tools, sharks on surfboards, laxatives, and similar stuff.

    Game over/win/ending condition: if you fill him up so he’s content and happy enough to break free (no, he’s a volonteer, not a prisoner, I tell you) or overfeed so he explodes, feed him toxins so he dies of that…

    Great frigging idea, if you ask me! 😀

  3. Where’s increpare when I need him? 🙂
    Here’s a typical scenario:

    ACTION: Feed very small expensive cake
    RESULT: Belly grows 0.1 inch. Test subject verbalizes: “This cake was delicious and moist!”

    ACTION: Feed small pizza 1 (Calzone)
    RESULT: Belly grows 1 inch. Test subject verbalizes: “Italian food at it’s best! I’m a bit thirsty.”

    ACTION: Feed large pizza 2 (Hawaii) 1.5 pint of cola.
    RESULT: Belly grows 2.5 inches. Test subject burps incessantly, complains of full a stomach and closes his mouth, preventing further testing.

    ACTION: Use power tool 2 (mouth opener) use mouth fixating apparatus
    RESULT: User mouth opened and fixated. User is now unable to close his mouth. Test subject verbalizes: “Aaahhrrgll!”

    ACTION: Feed large pizza 3 (Quattro Stagioni) 2 stuffed chickens with chili and chocolate filling bonus item 2 (1 pint of tabasco).
    RESULT: (Use your imagination.)

    ACTION: New test subject requested.
    RESULT: Test subject 14 enters and writes out the release form and signs the contract/will/bonus program/life insuranse papers.

    ACTION: Tell subject about project.
    RESULT: Test subject verbalizes: “I’m so glad to be a taster for your “yummy food” company. I see the food there behind you. Smells great. What are all this machinery for, and why is this chair a bit like a dentists, with restaints and so on?”

    ACTION: Feed 1 dosage of prozac 1 dosage of valium 4cl vodka
    RESULT: Test subject verbalizes: “Whawaz I sayin’? Diz shiz is de BEST job I’ve evva had!”

    ACTION: Feed 3 tablets of extacy

    etc etc…

    Shock value should be high on this one…

  4. I certainly must not! I’m just going to be the creative director on this one! Perhaps some voice acting though, I have a fierce Gollum act that could come in handy… But I’m a bit afraid the coding is a bit complex and the graphical genius required to render the mandatory streams of vomit is out of my reach.

    I gotta talk to increpare. If he can do “Infidelity Dad” then he can do this! 🙂

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