The Game Developer's Journal: The Missing Link

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Missing Link




Okay, enough talk about inspiration. I'm taking a break from that for now.

In 2011, I drew amoebas like this

How exciting would that have been? This wasn't my ideal design. Oh, how I wanted to create some fantastic world that grabbed you by the neck collar and drew you into the game...

But I didn't think I could do it. Super-high-quality graphics, I figured, were too high for my skill level.

Throughout 2011 the game unfolded (in the form of ideas, not anything playable). The story was becoming not only complex but very, very deep (VERY DEEP!). Somehow these faceless masses of tar would no longer suffice.

I made very simple storyboards in a Sunday-paper-like comic style, filling up several pages. I drew eyebrows on the amoebas' faces to communicate what they were feeling.


That would do for now.

Initially, here's how I would create backgrounds: I'd take a picture of an outdoor scene, add a “blur” effect, and paste that in the game. Never actually tried that...and that's because I gained more confidence.

These blobs needed faces. You see, "The Amoeba Of Light" is an allegory about how Jesus Christ came to the earth, sacrificed his life for us, and allowed us to be lights in the world (i.e. be a source of good and change in the face of all the evil around us). The amoebas themselves represented humans.

Therefore they needed to vividly express themselves. Here's how I drew them: