Walk into the Light

In Proof, you control an ethereal, disembodied spirit who becomes more tangible in light. You begin deep underground and must work your way to the surface. The game will be an atmospheric, puzzle-platformer based on a mechanic of collecting and combining items to create tools you use to manipulate your surroundings.

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We've got a new discoverable note to show you guys today. I don't think we've spoken about the in-game notes very much, although we've shown them off a little bit.The game tells the story through in-game cutscenes, dialogue and the notes you can find. These notes can play a vital role in the story, or just be of interest - there is a combination of essential and non-essential documents. We've tried to keep most or all of the essential story in the cutscenes and dialogue, so that players won't need to read heavily if they don't want to. The notes split into two categories, since a large number of them are related thematically, as loose pages of a book. You can see how notes are stored and displayed here:

The Notes Menu:

So that's the system! The new note took a while to put together (with lots of interruptions). It will appear in the later half of the game, but I'm not gonna say if its essential or just interesting. Here's the progression:

12:00pm - First Draft

After deciding what the note should be (in this case, a security ID) and what details needed to be displayed, we start with a rough draft. In Proof, all the notes are heavily inspired by real world objects, so there is usually a while spent on research. Neither of our team are especially accomplished artists, so reference images are invaluable to creating notes that look and feel real. We then deviate from these as fit.

2:45pm - Font Meddling

The first draft covers the necessary material but looks a little too artificial and doesn't read well. At this point, we might leave the note in the game as is and circle back to improve it later. In this case, we moved straight to improving the draft image. This step involves a lot of trial and error.

5:30pm - Font Finalising and Details

Once we decided on the font choice and moved the design around a bit, it come to adding details. The solid backdrop was a little simple, and the card was too 2D. We put a simple watermark in, and added a dark border to give a little depth. Again, reference images or objects (my driver's license) are useful when something doesn't look quite right or real, but you can't put your finger on why.

7:00pm - Final Product

Finally, we added a little gloss to the image as if it was laminated, and a couple of stains (which tie into where you find it) to bring the whole note together.

Click on any of the images for a larger version. There were a few more steps going back and forth between us with minor changes and adjustments, and you can view the whole album here (http://imgur.com/a/MhXr3#0).

There is a similar process with each of the in-game notes, currently there are a few dozen, and we're adding more all the time. Be sure to follow @vivavolt on twitter for regular updates!

What's on the menu?

What's on the menu?

4 months ago News 2 comments

Recently we redesigned and rewrote the item menu in Proof from scratch, this is a breakdown of the process that lead to the decision and the implementation...

Design to Desktop - In-Game Computer Systems

Design to Desktop - In-Game Computer Systems

5 months ago News 1 comment

*Warning: Image Heavy* This week we discuss the design and implementing of an in-game computer system for Proof.

Building a World (Two+ Years Development)

Building a World (Two+ Years Development)

5 months ago News 1 comment

After two+ years of development, Proof has built its own little universe. Discussed here is a little part of that journey.

Making a Beautiful Menu

Making a Beautiful Menu

9 months ago News 2 comments

We redesigned the notes menu, to be smooth, usable and pretty.

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TheManWhoFlewAway Aug 29 2014 says:

Loving the ambience - great work!

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Guest Sep 21 2013 says:

Looks cool... reminds me about dreamroom game (upcoming game from iOS).
Will this game comes to mobile (iOS) too?

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zigzag114 Sep 25 2013 replied:

We are not planning to release on iOS, but on Mac, Windows and Linux.

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Nov 10 2015 by vivavolt

This is still very WIP, but here's some concept art for Proof. This is a revamp of an old area, #gamedev T.co

Nov 7 2015 by vivavolt

Haven't tweeted this area yet, one of my favourites #screenshotsaturday #gamedev T.co

Oct 28 2015 by vivavolt

@FourbitFriday pathfind to the furthest "reachable" point I suppose?

Oct 28 2015 by vivavolt

So many game ideas... So little time. One day this will actually happen. #gamedev T.co

Oct 16 2015 by vivavolt

@igdaBrisbane I've been thinking about trying to start an @SlackHQ group for Brisbane / Australian game devs. Thoughts? Already got one?

Sep 27 2015 by vivavolt

Hacking minigames, still relevant in 2015? #gamedev T.co

Sep 24 2015 by vivavolt

It’s a floating robot kind of day #Proof #gamedev (apparently he’s always idle) T.co

Sep 24 2015 by vivavolt

@ChevyRay this is exactly what Rocket League is teaching me, still a fun game though

Sep 12 2015 by vivavolt

@tylerglaiel haha meant to write VS, whoops

Sep 12 2015 by vivavolt

@tylerglaiel that's a Windows issue not an MS one, still ridiculous though

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