You believe you can fly. Do you want to believe you can touch the sky? Of course you do.

Ever had a dream of getting on the top of the building, flying from roof to roof? Did you ever dream of being a bird, at least for a bit? Your favorite character is Bird Person from Rick and Morty? Then there’s the perfect game for you — BIRD GUY, created by shimage

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Screenshot of Bird Guy (glitter edit made by me)

It will be like living your dream — to fly away from any conversation, use windows as doors — you don’t have to use stairs anymore! Jump and…

Antagonists are bad and creepy. Well, it’s their nature, their role. They serve a critical role — they help the character overcome their fears, challenging him in many ways. They are heavy rocks in the river in the path of the hero. They should be highly respected and loved. Our hero wouldn’t be this strong if not them.

Maybe you remember nurses from Silent Hill, Slenderman, SCP-173, Jack Torrance from The Shining, Pennywise, Ghostface, Leatherface, Samara Morgan — all these guys which made you want to crawl under your bed.

I still remember Pale Man from Pan’s Labyrinth. Please agree…

To evoke in oneself a feeling one has experienced, and…then, by means of movements, lines, colors, sounds or forms expressed in words, so to transmit that feeling — this is the activity of art.

– Leo Tolstoy

Games are not art, they say. Games are entertainment, like advertising in motion picture world. The game developer community puts strict rules on what games are. What a game should be. Otherwise its an digital fine art project, a form of modern art, immersive piece — does not matter what people call it but it sounds truly silly. Today, I made a selection…

Art is incredibly hard to define. The most popular thought on art is something which is made by a creative talented mind, expression of his/her feelings. Something difficult and royal, which is sometimes hard to understand. Art should be educating, enlightening and empowering. It is made to forget about your shallow problems and daily routines.

On contrary, what is a game? Here’s a general description:

“A game is a system in which players engage in an artificial conflict, defined by rules, that results in a quantifiable outcome.” (Salen & Zimmerman, 2004).

Jesse Schell defines games as —

“a problem-solving activity…

For all his movies, Hayao Miyazaki takes inspiration from myths.

He usually doesn’t take a character from a myth as it is, but she merges the figure from the myth with his own ideas, creating a completely new character in the end. That’s why his movies are so interesting to study — you see a shadow of a Japanese mythical figure, but then it vanishes and appears to be a completely unique character.

I’m not an anthropologist, I wrote this post from a character designer perspective. It’s so interesting to see how a new character is made, especially by Hayao…

What the myth?! Part 1: A tiny suggestion for your new game plot.

What makes a good game? Well, there are so many factors, but, first of all, it’s the story.

Curiosity is one of the most important factors which defines a writer. You need to read everything; you need to be open in order to think of a fresh juicy story.

To be able to create something unique, you have to be a good thinker, generate tons of ideas, use your imagination to its maximal capacity. …

Sofi Naydenova

Creator of HappyDoggo Studio, Narrative Game Designer and an amateur Illustrator. Check out my games:

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