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This is the first in what will, hopefully, be a semi-regular series of developments logs about Lament. In the early days of development I had tried to get a couple of screenshots out every one-or-two weeks, which I have since realized was a terrible, terrible idea. So, in a similar vain, I'm starting these Dev Logs, which I wanted to start a while ago, except that I had nothing to actually write about at the time.

Let's get started then, shall we?


This is the color/lighting part, if you hadn't guessed.

A major focus of some of my more recent work has been getting just the right amount of contrast in the lighting and colors of the individual levels. In the old palettes I focused primarily on emphasizing one color, usually orange, red, blue, or green. The basic idea was to unify the overall palette and lessen the game's rather muddy contrast. In that respect, it was a success, but in doing so it bleached out any depth the colors may have had before.

I also found myself with shadows that were far brighter than I wanted, but the only remedy seemed to be darkening the ambient light, which just made the dark areas muddy and sharp again.

By this point I realized that my dissatisfaction came from an excess of "luma" contrast (the difference between shadows, mid-tones, and highlights) and a lack of "chroma" contrast (the difference in shades of color). Getting to where it is now was a long process that involved a lot of trial-and-error, swearing, and fog volumes, but I can finally say that I'm happy with the result.

Those guys over at SOMA have it easy, they've got HDR post-processing and tonemaps. All we have is fog and swear words.


I've also been doing a lot of optimization work, deleting objects that are unnecessary, have more geometry than they really need, or whose families just won't miss them very much.

I felt particularly smug after cutting out almost 1/4 of the trees in the forest while retaining it's dense and overgrown appearance, which is exactly what I was hoping to be able to do.


The other part of my work, which actually goes hand-in-hand with the other parts, has been polishing off the less-tasty parts of the levels and making them either A: prettier and more atmospheric, or B: actually relevant to the gameplay.

A big problem with some of my older work was a tendency to add areas that could be seen, but not explored. Things that you'd see in the distance, and maybe even want to explore, that were little more than window dressings. After playing Penumbra: Overture and Dark Souls again, these things started to nag at the back of my mind while I worked, until I finally decided that something needed to be done about them.

This led me to the very difficult task of connecting previously inaccessible areas of the game to the parts that you could actually go to. In a perfect world, this would only mean adding hallways and stairwells between two rooms, but it's rarely that simple. The connection process usually involves tearing out entire corners or sides of the two different areas, and then forcibly joining them together in a way that they were not originally designed to do. When the ordeal is over, we're left with a more interesting and enjoyable level overall, but I'd be hard-pressed to call it a happy reunion.

That's all I've got for this Dev Log, hope you found it interesting, maybe even a little entertaining. Next time, I want to show off some of the new particles systems and lighting entities I've been cooking up. Should be fun.

I remain,


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Hello dear stalkers! A teaser mini-site is online for a few hours! Code-name: [iF.]. What is it all about? What about the progress of Episode 1?!

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Physics are cool, but school is not. *drops mic* *hastily picks it back up to check if it's broken*

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shiprocker Feb 4 2011 says:

Played the game... And after 10 minutes of gameplay... I took off the plug and hid under the pillows... I couldn't sleep that night... But I am still playing this game, cause it's addicting. Haha

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shiprocker Feb 8 2011 replied:

What scares me most is the atmosphere of the game. The sounds also makes you wanna run and duck under your pillow! There was a time while playing, I heard a noise, so I looked back to see if a monster is following me... I was right. MONSTER POPPED OUT IN MY SCREEN FACE TO FACE!!! GOSH I rushed under my pillow, again... Again, GREAT GAME!

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macacos2 Jan 22 2011 says:

This game is scary as ****, and it has a beautifully written storyline and atmosphere.
Hard to see how this great game lost to that joke-of-a-game Minecraft at the Indie Awards.

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Nelle775 Mar 10 2011 replied:

I would'nt call minecraft a joke either, i mean the game has some very addicting gameplay and thats probably what makes it so popular, people use their imigination to create things so the people playing are actually doing the work. amnesia is a work of art in itself.
any 1 programmer could probably make a minecraft clone in like 3 hours (and there is a lot of those clones out there!)
coming up with the story, making all the art, awesome music and the engine to run amnesia would take months or even years of work and could probably not be done by 1 person.
You cant really compare those two.

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greenmachine Feb 21 2011 replied:

I'd hate to see the world through your neckbeard goggles, X indie game was beaten by Y indie game at obtaining an internet award, that must mean Y indie game is a ''joke-of-a-game''.

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Fib Feb 3 2011 replied:

I wouldn't necessarily call minecraft a joke, but I agree, Amnesia is way better than minecraft.

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TfPRoTpN5374 Jan 20 2011 says:

I am a really big fan of this whole company and a big fan of the game.
Reason why i love this game is because no game nor movie have ever scared me so mutch that i cant play it for roughly 7 days, under some certent parts of the game i literary stud up and laughed/screamed while my freind that sat next beside me threw him self on the floor screaming and throwing a chair over him and the say "i will lay here now" then we paused and took a little pause and started again 5 seconds after same story again. i just say like this i have not completed the game yet.... >:(

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Nelle775 Jan 7 2011 says:

wauw, i heard about this game the other day and about how everyone was ******** their pants, and i was kinda skeptical.. then i downloaded the demo and i must say, it is indeed very scary.. now back to playing ^^

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Fib Jan 5 2011 says:

I just want to congratulate you. You have created the scariest game that I have ever played. I've played through FEAR 1 and 2, Dead Space, and Clive Barker's Jericho, and this game is more scary than those games combined.

It's the unknown that haunts me the most...

Keep up the good work, I can't wait to play more titles from Frictional.

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robofork Jan 13 2011 replied:

I agree, though Fear 2 and Jericho aint scary :P

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nosfer4tu May 15 2011 replied:

Im sorry if this is offensive to fear 2 fans but fear 2 isnt scary AT ALL. It's just a shooter and it ain't scary because you know something will happen a little girl will appear & stuff and you're armed so i was absolutely quiet when playing the game. Nothing else than amnesia scared me so hard. I shat so much bricks that i could build a mansion.

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Highest Rated (42 agree) 10/10

If you like dark atmospheres and intense plots full of suspense and psycological terror, such as those found in games like Silent Hill, Diablo 1,or S.T.A.L.K.E.R SoC, then this is the game for you.

Amnesia - the Dark Descent redefines it's genre.

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Lowest Rated (19 agree) 1/10

uhh look at me im an idiot

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