That was a question that I'd never been asked before, until three weeks ago when I ran into a friend of mine at church. I knew that he was a game designer and had actually played a few games his group had made before (if you've never played Kick Bot, do yourself a favor, slack off a little this afternoon and try it out) but I'd never considered game design before.
Well, not since I used to draw screenshots of video games when I was in seventh grade, anyway. I actually had a great idea for a "grab anything in the environment and hit people with it" game (WAAAAY before Smash Brothers). I wonder if it's too late to file for copyright infringement....
Anyway, the last thing I programmed was a VCR. "What's a VCR?", asked half of my readership. What could I have to contribute to a game design contest?
So I said, "Sure!"
We met in this amazing place called "LVL 1", which is nothing less than a grown-up nerd's dreamland. It's more or less a gathering space for nerds of all stripes to gather and work on various projects. Power tools, laser cutters, 3D printers, and streamed episodes of Futurama abound. This place had everything.
- Business Shark: A shark in a business suit just trying to go about his daily business while the struggles of being a shark keep getting in the way. That lead to...
- Mister Shark Hands: A regular guy who just happens to have sharks for hands. Reaching for a report at work CHOMP CHOMP CHOMP Oh no! The boss is going to be steamed! I really want to use this idea for a short film.
- Waiter Simulator: It's a dating sim where you take the role of the waiter- you determine if a date goes well or not by spilling drinks, getting orders right/wrong, etc.
I was working on character design!