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Exploring how game designers can subtly turn heads.
Posted by stenchy on May 28th, 2009
This is nice nugget of design that's probably known by many but mostly forgotten when it comes time for modders to reach into their bag of tricks. However, with the possibility of Valve's unveiling of Half-Life 2: Episode 3 a tantalizing prospect, a few people have been going back and playing the previous entries.
Matthew Gallant of Quixotic Engineer posted a write-up describing how Gabe & Co. used various elements to subtly grab the attention of the player. Things like startling birds into the air.
As the birds take off, they fly toward a rooftop where the player can catch a glimpse of a Hunter robot stalking them. This neatly foreshadows the upcoming encounter.
Along with other blog linked in the quote, this post continues adds to another old posting from Big Apple, 3AM (if you didn't read that with the Turtles in Time voice, you're doing it wrong!). Instead of relying on button prompts (a la Gears of War) or quick cutscenes that cut up the flow of a player's experience, games should strive for more organic solutions.
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