Wonderful Life is a short and experimental art game designed by Thomas Papa, currently graduating from the Utrecht School of Arts (the Netherlands). It is a game about the goal oriented society we live in, a society that only wants more and more, and forgets to stop and smell the roses. A society that doesn't recognize, understand or appreciate what we have right now; that what surrounds us. You play a character that weightlessly floats through a system of tubes. You look at the world down below, the present. You look ahead into the distance, the future, and navigate your way forward. Like a work of art, it's about the emotions and associations of the player. The game is more about the entire experience rather than a set game goal. It experiments with narrative, aesthetics and symbolism. It will feature hand drawn game objects and generative music. Wonderful Life is a Total Conversion Mod (TC MOD) using the Unreal 3 Engine.
This is the first time people had the chance to spend some time hands on with Wonderful Life. Besides a test audience used for play-testing purposes (consisting of 15 people of different ages and backgrounds) the game wasn't showcased to an audience before. Now, after having worked on it for quite some months, it was time for this new type of game; an Art game, to be experienced by the public. Since the Mod isn't released online yet (ETA November 2009) it proved to be an exciting day of getting response from a completely unknown and fresh audience.
I set up a booth with two Dell XPS's running the Mod (not in Editor, but a TC Mod) and hooked up a beamer to one of them to provide a clear image for a bigger group of people. Since I have developed an "Audio Tour" option for the game, in order to provide the player with in-depth information, I had borrowed lots of mp3 players and iPod's in order to let the audience listen to the Audio Commentary while others were playing.
It was a great day full of new faces, overall the visitors responded very positively to the project! As the game is of experimental kind, short, and not in a well known genre (Art Games) it triggered many people to start discussing it and evaluating it. Some called it Art, others an interactive experience and others said it was a step into the direction where video games should be heading.
The feedback I got from players of all ages and backgrounds proved that it was a success, I'm therefore very eager to get the Mod out on the web. Currently I'm laying the last hand on the visual side and fixing some bugs along with my team. We plan on releasing it here on Moddb.com in November of this year.
I would like to thank everyone at the exposition and here online for their sympathetic and amiable words, its an instigator to develop more projects of this kind.
Thomas J. Papa
This news update is about the progress of Wonderful Life so far. Covering the development plans for this month (July) and some information on the recently...
In this first news post I'd like to take the opportunity give some more info about the project, its features and the team.
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