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11 SEPTEMBER 2013

Shelter: a video game about a mother badger struggling to survive

"In Shelter you experience the wild as a mother badger sheltering her cubs from harm. On their journey they get stalked by a bird of prey, encounter perils of the night, river rapids crossings, big forest fires and the looming threat of death by starvation."

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2013adventure game • badger • badger cub • bird of prey • creaturesdangerous environmentsenvironment as antagonistfire • force of nature • forestforest fireharmindie gameindie gamesjourneyliving creature • Might and Delight (video game studio) • mothernatural environmentnature • papery style • peril • Retro Family (musicians) • rivershelter • Shelter (game) • sheltering • single-player • starvation • Steamsurvivalsurvival storySweden • The Circle (picture book) • third-personthreatUnity (game engine)video gamevideo game artvisual stylewildworld of the story

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Simon Perkins
22 FEBRUARY 2011

Antlion Soccer: first-person gaming platforms for experimental narrative projects

"In early 2007, we were awarded a speculative research grant to investigate the use of first–person gaming platforms for experimental narrative projects. A small development studio has been established and has produced a completed single–user experience, based upon the Source engine. A second experimental single–player experience is at beta stage, and a third is planned. The completed mod embeds extensive, randomised narrative fragments in audio triggers throughout a bespoke environment. supplemented by abstract visual and audio media assets. [...] The second mod subverts traditional squad–based play by using custom fixed–state AI expansion of existing Half Life 2 agents to create an experience where the player becomaes leader of a helpless squad with discernible individual characteristics in a hostile environment. Although it is not envisaged that this will be completed at the time of presentation, a proof–of–concept demo will be on display. Finally, footage and information of an additional, multiplayer game developed to test mod concepts and already in the public domain will be displayed"

(Videogame Visionary)

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2007AHRC • Antlion Soccer • applied researchconceptualisation • Dan Pinchbeck • demoDiGRAdiscoveryenquiryexperience • experimental narrative • experimentationfirst-personfootballFPSgame designgamesgames research • gaming platforms • Half-Life (video game) • mod • multiplayer game • narrativeposter presentationresearchsingle-player • single-user experience • speculative researchtheory building • vgvisionary • Videogame Visionary • virtual environments

CONTRIBUTOR

Simon Perkins
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