Architecture is perhaps the epitome of human creativity. For thousands of years, it has been one of the most (if not the most) powerful ways of human expression. You can read about Egyptian culture in countless history books, but their culture only comes alive in all its imposing grandiosity when you see those testaments in stone they built. You may have read a thing or two about the power of religion in the Middle Ages, but you only truly experience the meaning of those words inside a cathedral. Even a despicable man as Hitler understood the potency of architecture, making architect Albert Speer one of the most important men in his Reich. (more…)

As of this writing, it’s been just a few weeks since I finished a project that took me more than a year and a half to complete — Adventure: All in the Game. Whenever I’m asked what this game is about by someone not familiar with adventure games, it’s always a challenge for me to explain it thoroughly. It’s a combination of so many different things clumped together that it’s hard to break it down into its essential parts. (more…)

Once again, it’s time to look back on the games of yesteryear and give the best ones shiny digital trophies. The annual AGS Awards are coming up shortly and the nominees were recently announced, so let’s take a look at the contenders for Best Game Created With AGS in 2010. Hopefully, you’ll be more informed about the contenders.

Still, as LeVar Burton said, don’t take my word for it. I highly encourage you to play all the nominees for yourself, as they’re all excellent. This article promises to have 20% more spunk than last year’s.


A new pickle for Agent Blackwood of the Temporal Protectorate?


Everything wrong.

Don’t like what you see? Good! Let me explain why. (more…)

I’m sure that most of you are both gleefully and painfully aware of all the different techniques for creating an adventure game world. Apart from simply showing the world through sprites and background images; there are characters that tell players about the world, hot-spots with rollover text that tell them what they’re looking at, cut scenes that can show a wider view of the world, expository narration that tells players about the setting of the story… the list goes on.

For this particular article, I’d like to put aside these other techniques and focus on what it takes to create the game world visually. (more…)

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