AGS Tutorial, Confessions of a Crap GameDev

How to quickly make a 1st person FMV game in Adventure Game Studio

AdventureJam 2017 starts tomorrow. As promised, here is my second Adventure Game Studio tutorial.

Today, we’re going to learn how to make FMV games — yes, Full Motion Video games. The kind that were really popular in the mid-90s and, some would say, reduced adventure games to interactive PowerPoint presentation with laughable acting.

Only few companies got FMV right (the best of which were the Tex Murphy games like Under A Killing Moon, The Pandora Directive, and Overseer), and most of them were just overblown and ridiculous (like Take 2’s Ripper).

The acting in Ripper was “un-fuckin’-believable.”

Will you fare any better? Here’s hoping, because I’m about to teach you how.

As promised in the video, you can find the source code for the game I made here. It should be enough to get you started.

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SQH Reviews, Written reviews

“The nostalgia is starting to pixelate.” – Review of Thimbleweed Park

Well, of course I played Thimbleweed Park. It’s probably the most anticipated adventure game to come out since Double Fine’s Broken Age. It made a lot of promises, none of which seemed unreasonable, while managing to keep the actual story and mystery a secret right up until its launch.

With a name like Ron Gilbert at the helm — even most gamers who don’t give a shit about adventure games know what Monkey Island is — expectations were, unsurprisingly, high. Here are my thoughts on whether these expectations were warranted, and if the game lives up to them.

Whether or not I liked the game, though, is only a small part of this review. There is a deeper discussion about the game’s design (particularly the multi-protagonist design) and the story itself that I think warrants some exploration.

Therefore, a stern warning: The following review contains spoilers. It is a review written for people who have already played the game. If you have not played Thimbleweed Park and just want to know whether you should or should not, then my answer is: Yes. If you like classic adventure games, and I do mean classic, then absolutely. Go play it.

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