Meet Prometheus! He just joined Game-U’s Accelerate program and works with Andrew, one of our instructors. Ever think that it would be cool to build your own fantasy world? To have tools that give you the power to customize everything until the world looks just like you imagined? Yeah, Prometheus agrees! He used Microsoft’s game design program, Project Spark, to create his own game in his own world. He and Andrew started out slowly. They refreshed their memories on the Project Spark tools. Then they built a classic “Simple Quest,” game. Usually, a simple quest in Project Spark means that the designer – in this case, Prometheus – creates a world, creates his player, and creates a mountain topped by a flag. The player’s goal is to then successfully navigate the world and reach the flag. But Prometheus likes to shake things up! Instead of topping his mountain with a flag, he and Andrew added a shop instead. What does every serious quester need before he heads out to face evil, deadly goblins and retrieve his prize? Why, he needs a sword, of course! Prometheus added the non-player character (we call them NPCs) of a shop proprietor that sells the player a sword for the fair price of five coins. This piece of the game required problem-solving skills and great attention to detail. Prometheus has both! He loved working out the transaction logic and he invested a lot of effort into making sure everything functioned properly. Check out the video of his game! Prometheus’ also got plans to branch into learning RPG Maker, another game design program, in the near future. Keep us informed, Prometheus!
| Written by: Rebecca Lilley |
Tags: Accelerate, Project Spark