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From Experiment Gameplay to the Wonderful World of Goo
From Experiment Gameplay to the Wonderful World of Goo
From Experiment Gameplay to the Wonderful World of Goo
From Experiment Gameplay to the Wonderful World of Goo
From Experiment Gameplay to the Wonderful World of Goo
From Experiment Gameplay to the Wonderful World of Goo
From Experiment Gameplay to the Wonderful World of Goo
From Experiment Gameplay to the Wonderful World of Goo
From Experiment Gameplay to the Wonderful World of Goo
From Experiment Gameplay to the Wonderful World of Goo
From Experiment Gameplay to the Wonderful World of Goo
From Experiment Gameplay to the Wonderful World of Goo
From Experiment Gameplay to the Wonderful World of Goo
From Experiment Gameplay to the Wonderful World of Goo
From Experiment Gameplay to the Wonderful World of Goo
From Experiment Gameplay to the Wonderful World of Goo
From Experiment Gameplay to the Wonderful World of Goo
From Experiment Gameplay to the Wonderful World of Goo
From Experiment Gameplay to the Wonderful World of Goo
From Experiment Gameplay to the Wonderful World of Goo
From Experiment Gameplay to the Wonderful World of Goo
From Experiment Gameplay to the Wonderful World of Goo
From Experiment Gameplay to the Wonderful World of Goo
From Experiment Gameplay to the Wonderful World of Goo
From Experiment Gameplay to the Wonderful World of Goo
From Experiment Gameplay to the Wonderful World of Goo
From Experiment Gameplay to the Wonderful World of Goo
From Experiment Gameplay to the Wonderful World of Goo
From Experiment Gameplay to the Wonderful World of Goo
From Experiment Gameplay to the Wonderful World of Goo
From Experiment Gameplay to the Wonderful World of Goo
From Experiment Gameplay to the Wonderful World of Goo
From Experiment Gameplay to the Wonderful World of Goo
From Experiment Gameplay to the Wonderful World of Goo
From Experiment Gameplay to the Wonderful World of Goo
From Experiment Gameplay to the Wonderful World of Goo
From Experiment Gameplay to the Wonderful World of Goo
From Experiment Gameplay to the Wonderful World of Goo
From Experiment Gameplay to the Wonderful World of Goo
From Experiment Gameplay to the Wonderful World of Goo
From Experiment Gameplay to the Wonderful World of Goo
From Experiment Gameplay to the Wonderful World of Goo
From Experiment Gameplay to the Wonderful World of Goo
From Experiment Gameplay to the Wonderful World of Goo
From Experiment Gameplay to the Wonderful World of Goo
From Experiment Gameplay to the Wonderful World of Goo
From Experiment Gameplay to the Wonderful World of Goo
From Experiment Gameplay to the Wonderful World of Goo
From Experiment Gameplay to the Wonderful World of Goo
From Experiment Gameplay to the Wonderful World of Goo
From Experiment Gameplay to the Wonderful World of Goo
From Experiment Gameplay to the Wonderful World of Goo
From Experiment Gameplay to the Wonderful World of Goo
From Experiment Gameplay to the Wonderful World of Goo
From Experiment Gameplay to the Wonderful World of Goo
From Experiment Gameplay to the Wonderful World of Goo
From Experiment Gameplay to the Wonderful World of Goo
From Experiment Gameplay to the Wonderful World of Goo
From Experiment Gameplay to the Wonderful World of Goo
From Experiment Gameplay to the Wonderful World of Goo
From Experiment Gameplay to the Wonderful World of Goo
From Experiment Gameplay to the Wonderful World of Goo
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From Experiment Gameplay to the Wonderful World of Goo

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With this presentation, I will engage in an in-depth close reading of the game, World of Goo, in order to parse out various meanings I found in the experience of playing the game. I approach the …

With this presentation, I will engage in an in-depth close reading of the game, World of Goo, in order to parse out various meanings I found in the experience of playing the game. I approach the experience from the perspective of how its narrative development and game design help a player learn how to play the game. Sequences in the game will be played and analyzed in detail in order to illustrate and interpret how these various components of the game come together to create a fulfilling playing experience that leads to a literacy and mastery of the gameplay mechanics. I’m currently editing a book with a group of authors performing similar analyses of various videogames. The goal of this book is to help develop and define a literacy of games as well as a sense of their value as an experience. Videogames are a complex medium that merits careful interpretation and insightful analysis.

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  • 1. From Experimental Gameplay to the Wonderful and How Physics is Your Friend
  • 2. Analysis •  Narrative Development & Game Design •  Literacy & Mastery of Gameplay •  Learning Units – Flow •  Themes
  • 3. Narrative
  • 4. Gameplay
  • 5. Analysis •  Cultural Buzz –  Media Attention –  Industry Interest •  Development Process –  Indie –  Beta Testing •  Playing Experience –  Game & Story –  Variations on Gameplay
  • 6. Full Disclosure •  I know Kyle (ETC) •  Participated in Beta Testing (PC) •  Played Tower of Goo (Unlimited) countless times •  Played Chapter 1 Demo about 6 times •  Recorded complete Play Through for Beta Testing •  Completed Gold Candidate •  Played various Levels multiple times •  Honored to receive Special Thanks •  No Major Spoilers
  • 7. Going Up Play
  • 8. Impale Sticky Play
  • 9. Fisty’s Bog Play
  • 10. Buzz •  Media Attention –  Blogs –  News •  Industry Interest –  Conferences –  Articles –  Awards •  Community –  Forums –  Fansites
  • 11. Shirts
  • 12. Tower of Goo
  • 13. Tower of Goo •  Play
  • 14. Experimental Gameplay Project •  Student-Pitched Project at the ETC @ CMU •  4 Grad Students Prototyping Games –  Kyle Gabler, Kyle Gray, Matt Kucic, Shalin Shodhan •  3 rules: Each Game must be... –  Made in less than 7 Days –  Made by exactly 1 Person –  Based around a Common Theme •  Over 50 Games during the Semester
  • 15. experimentalgameplay.com
  • 16. 2D Boy •  Kyle Gabler –  Design, Art, Music and Story •  Ron Carmel –  Programming and Production •  “... making games the old fashioned way – a team of two, no money, and a whole lot of ‘love’...”
  • 17. 2dboy.com
  • 18. World of Goo •  “World of Goo is a physics based puzzle / construction game. The millions of Goo Balls that live in the beautiful World of Goo don't know that they are in a game, or that they are extremely delicious.”
  • 19. The Game •  4 Chapters, an Epilogue and a MetaGame –  + Additional Chapter for European Release •  48 Levels •  @ 25 types of Goo •  @ 10-12 hours •  Metagame Leaderboard •  3 profiles –  # of Goo Balls –  Time Units
  • 20. Beauty School •  Play
  • 21. Whistler •  Play
  • 22. The Red Carpet •  Play
  • 23. Gameplay Mechanic
  • 24. Gameplay Mechanic
  • 25. Gameplay Variations •  Goos •  Levels •  Islands
  • 26. Goos! Common Albino Ivy Water Balloon Fuse Pokey Bone ...and Many More!
  • 27. Levels •  Construction •  Directions •  Navigation
  • 28. Islands •  Chapter 1 – “The Goo Filled Hills” •  Chapter 2 – “Little Miss World of Goo” •  Chapter 3 – “Cog in the Machine” •  Chapter 4 – “Information Superhighway” •  Epilogue – “End of the World” •  World of Goo Corporation •  Tower of Goo Memorial Park and Recreation Center •  * Additional Chapter – “The Moon 2.0” *
  • 29. Burning Man •  Play
  • 30. Misty’s Long Bony Road •  Play
  • 31. You Have to Explode the Head •  Play
  • 32. Playful Story •  Satirically Elliptical •  Ambiguously Ominous •  Constructively Gooey
  • 33. Satirically Elliptical
  • 34. Ambiguously Ominous
  • 35. Constructively Gooey
  • 36. Chapter 4 Super Secret Surprise
  • 37. Information Superhighway •  Show
  • 38. Experiential Themes •  Trickster Humor •  Friendly Physics •  GooPunk World
  • 39. Trickster Humor
  • 40. Physics is Your Friend
  • 41. GooPunk World
  • 42. Infesty the Worm •  Show
  • 43. Weather Vane •  Show
  • 44. Horizontal Transportation Innovation Committee •  Show
  • 45. Literacy & Mastery •  Flow across Learning Units –  Sometimes Interrupted •  Trickster Humor •  Variations on Gameplay •  Physics is Your Friend •  GooPunk World •  Goo is Elliptically Ambiguous and Ominously Constructive as Satire –  Open-Ended
  • 46. Ludic Narrens •  Homo Ludens + •  Homo Narrens = •  Ludic Narrens = •  World of Goo
  • 47. Tower of Goo Memorial Park and Recreation Center •  Play
  • 48. Quality •  Polish across the Board –  Game Design –  Art Direction –  Music & Sound –  Story –  Technical •  Independent Revolution
  • 49. •  World of Goo •  Release on 10/13! •  Wiiware –  1500 Points •  PC –  $20 •  Mac / Linux –  Shortly After
  • 50. And So... •  Interpret & Analyze •  Buzz & Dev •  Narrative & Gameplay, Learning Units •  Meaning & Themes, Literacy & Mastery •  Well Played –  ETC Press •  etc.cmu.edu/etcpress
  • 51. Questions?

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