A collection of doodles, sketches, and scrap-paper designs by game developers around the world!
Game developers love brainstorming: they use notepads, whiteboards, napkins, Photoshop... anything they can dump ideas onto! They make calculations, lay out interfaces, doodle character designs, and collect their thoughts. Unfortunately, these glorious scraps almost always get thrown away, and rarely get looked at again. This is a creative museum where I collect and share the best of these scraps, to both preserve them and let them inspire others.
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“Whilst driving on a long road trip I imagined a game where characters are driving on a road trip to the beach in a station wagon. There is a surfboard on the roof and the passengers are surfer-type/new agey characters to choose from as your player character. The players selects a station (track) on the radio. There is a joint in the ashtray. As the chosen character “zones out” the soul climbs out of the body onto the roof of the car and grabs the soul of the surfboard.
Out of body experiences often describe a silver cord attached to the neck of the physical body. As the cloud surfer jumps from the roof they get carried into the air like a parasailer, tethered to the car by this silver cord. The game then consists of riding the procedurally generated clouds, jumping gaps, and trying not to miss a jump (in which case you plummet back to the top of the car and need to take off again.) The cord can be reeled in and let out and the angle of the board can change.
The very act of surfing the clouds reshapes them and players can even purposefully dip below the top surface or change directions sharply in order to carve into the cloud surfaces and create more complicated landscapes; more important for multiplayer surfing (surfing the wakes that other players leave behind) rather than solo.”
Submitted by Brooke Colquhoun in Richmond, Virginia. The description was so awesome, I couldn’t bring myself to shorten or remove it, so I posted it in full.
“Sketches for a time management game about running a theme park. Players need to operate the facilities with limiting power supply.”
Submitted by Joshua.
“We’re creating a procedurally generated game and we were tossing around level generation ideas. It’s always great to get some visual representation of things down on paper just so you can wrap your head around what everyone is talking about.”
“Beat ‘em up as zombies sounds like a good idea.”
Submitted by Javier Chavez.