This week I want to discuss something a bit more specific and mechanical: the clothing in Pokémon X/Y, and how it ultimately relates to engaging the player. Picking out a character’s clothing is the kind of thing which shows up in various games, but it’s not as simple as putting in extra art assets and telling the player to have at it. Here’s why clothes don’t just make the (wo)man, they can make the game too.
My mind defines me and if you like that interaction, then welcome to my narrative. Continue reading
This week we are going for F-Zero GX. Dylan has some awesome memories with this game so he thought it could use some Aesthetics analysis! We started with some games with fairly broad Aesthetic nets, but for us, this is the first (of likely many) that really displays a more focused, less widely cast look at the Aesthetics. Tell us what you think!
It’s been a while since I wrote WIHILA Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn, and those articles are not a prerequisite for this one (but you’re welcome to go have a read anyways if you haven’t yet). Now that I’ve spent some time (understatement) playing the final release , I’d like to draw some lessons about basic mechanical system design from what has easily been the most engaging part of this game: the crafting.
Next up, your favorite Final Fantasy. That’s right, pick your favorite and vote according to that. There are some differences game-to-game but it seemed tedious to separate them all out for the smaller variances. Instead we thought it would be more interesting to see the aggregate of what made favorite Final Fantasy games stand out. Tell us what you think! Continue reading
Frameworks have two main purposes: To help understand ourselves and to help communicate who we are to others. So let’s understand and communicate! Continue reading
In honour of our new series, Playing with Aesthetics, and with a new Pokémon game approaching, I’d like to take this opportunity to dredge up the topic of Core Aesthetics again, and use it as a lens on the design of Pokémon games (and the upcoming Pokemon X/Y). I believe that a lot can be learned about the broad appeal of Pokémon games by examining how it covers many different core aesthetics. Through iteration and improvement over its history, the Pokémon games have kept many core game elements constant. Instead of constantly changing or over-developing, the game has steadily spread to reach many more aesthetics than the average game can.