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Show, Don't Tell? Play, Don't Show! | Stanislav Costiuc

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Delivered at Casual Connect Kyiv 2017. Each medium has their own unique traits that allow for creating really strong emotional bonds between the consumer and the work of art. In games that’s interactivity – controls and mechanics. In this session we’ll talk about the unique traits games can use to elicit feelings, emotions, and create strong bonds with players.

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Show, Don't Tell? Play, Don't Show! | Stanislav Costiuc

  1. 1. Show, Don’t Tell? Play, Don’t Show! Stanislav Costiuc, Game Designer, Ubisoft
  2. 2. Video Game Maturity Infancy 1958-1985 Childhood 1985-2005 Teenage Years 2005-Present
  3. 3. WHAT MAKES US UNIQUE?
  4. 4. INTERACTIVITY!!! (duh)
  5. 5. Aspirations Someday I want to be just like you!
  6. 6. Deep Emotional Connections
  7. 7. Learning From Other Mediums is Good…
  8. 8. …But How to Harness the Power of Interactivity? UNLIMITED POWEEEE EEEEEEEE ER!!!
  9. 9. INTERACTIVITY ALLOWS TO BUILD EMOTIONAL CONNECTIONS IN A WAY ONLY VIDEO GAMES CAN
  10. 10. Show, Don’t Tell “Don’t tell me the moon is shining, show me the glint of light on broken glass.” – Anton Chekhov
  11. 11. Empathy
  12. 12. Projection
  13. 13. Play, Don’t Show “Don’t just show me sadness in somebody’s eyes, make me endure through it myself.” – Stanislav Costiuc
  14. 14.  ADD VIDEO HERE
  15. 15.  ADD VIDEO HERE
  16. 16. Projection Cutscene – Empathy Interaction - Projection  I decided that Lee should kill Duck so Kenny, as the father, wouldn’t have to.  I am Lee and I have to go through the decision by targeting the child’s head and pulling the trigger.
  17. 17. Applicable to All Genres and Inputs
  18. 18.  How to follow play don’t show principle?WHAT DO I WANT TO SAY?
  19. 19.  How to follow play don’t show principle?TRUST
  20. 20.  How to follow play don’t show principle?PLAYER AGENCY
  21. 21.  How to follow play don’t show principle?HOPE
  22. 22.  Was Alone example
  23. 23. Thank You! Questions?  E-mail: stas@stanislavcostiuc.c om  Website: www.stanislavcostiuc.co m  YouTube Channel: youtube.com/c/Farlands

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