Tuesday, 6 December 2011
Thursday, 27 October 2011
Sam Lake creative director of the game said that when coming up with the game they “look for sources of inspiration in pop culture in general. It's very important for us that, when it comes to storytelling, we don't look into other video games,” says Lake. “We'd rather look into other mediums – movies, television series and books – for sources of inspiration.”
"The TV-series Twin Peaks is one of our sources of inspiration. The location in the game is similar, an idyllic small town in the state of Washington with something threatening waiting under the surface. The TV show also had an excellent nightmarish atmosphere. The works of the author Stephen King is another source of inspiration. He has used the idea of a writer whose life turns to a nightmare in several of his stories."
Alan Wake opens with the following quote “Stephen King once wrote that nightmares exist outside of logic, and there’s little fun to be had in explanations. They’re antithetical to the poetry of fear. In a horror story, the victim keeps asking why, but there can be no explanation, and there shouldn’t be one. The unanswered mystery is what stays with us the longest, and it’s what we’ll remember in the end.” which I feel not only sets up and explains the game to some extent, it also rings quite true and maybe something to keep in mind whilst creating my game.
When developing alan wake members of Remedy (the games producers) took close to “60,000 photo references” as they felt it was important to “get a baseline of reality” Having the game clearly set in a realistic environment allows the player to get more invested in it and so it makes the scares scarier as it feels like a realistic place where these events could happen. When producing my level I will take inspiration from first hand photos that will inform my production and make the environment seem more real and hopefully more frightening because of that.
In my final year I have decided to specialise in Animation for Video Games Design and I will more specifically be specialising in Environment and Level design. For my project I plan to create a level/environment for a horror game. I will create the level texture it and produce assets to fill the level I also plan to light the level and experiment with how lighting can be used to manipulate the player and cause various emotions/feelings such as fear or feeling safe. I will take into account limitations of the game engines and when the level is complete I may import it into one to test it. I will look to other games and films to help influence me as well as paintings which can help inspire me when lighting scenes.