Series: How to Make a Dating Sim in a Month

Game Diary: How to Make a Dating Sim in a Month

All through the month of June, my partner and I are creating a dating sim for the International Love Ultimatum Gamejam (#ilujam on Twitter and Tumblr). Want to know what goes into making a video game? I’ll be posting weekly updates in a structured development blog here. This week: Why are games so hard?—the role of a game producer. Games are hard to make. Writing, art, styling, and coding have to come together as a unified whole, often with a development timeline that forces passionate game developers to work ceaselessly for months on end. This is called “crunch,” and...

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Game Diary: Dating Sims, Branching Narratives, and Cuties!

All through the month of June, my partner and I are creating a dating sim for the International Love Ultimatum Gamejam (#ilujam on Twitter and Tumblr). Want to know what goes into making a video game? I’ll be posting weekly updates in a structured development blog here. This week: dating sim basics and writing branching narratives, with special guest Kasey Van Hise. Dating sims feature one of my favorite aspects of game writing: branching narratives. According to my pal Rym of the Geeknights podcast, the Choose Your Own Adventure series of books are games: users are given an interface,...

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Game Diary: Putting the Visuals in Visual Novels

All through the month of June, my partner and I are creating a dating sim for the International Love Ultimatum Gamejam (#ilujam on Twitter and Tumblr). Want to know what goes into making a video game? I’ll be posting weekly updates in a structured development blog here. This week: making players connect emotionally with character sprites via expressions and movements: the art of the dating sim. We have a lot of fun here in the games department of Women Write About Comics, but quite frankly, the art of video games and the art of comic books have to be...

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Game Diary: Technical Difficulties

All through the month of June, my partner and I are creating a dating sim for the International Love Ultimatum Gamejam (#ilujam on Twitter and Tumblr). Want to know what goes into making a video game? I’ll be posting weekly updates in a structured development blog here. This week: bringing it all together for Beach Island, and a tiny rumination on why women don’t enter the tumultuous world of game development Yeah, you can hand-code a game. Or you can manipulate some tools in an innovative way to create a beautiful game: here’s a choose your own adventure game...

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