LEGO SHIELD Helicarrier

Philip HarrisChatter, ToysLeave a Comment

I’ve been considering buying a LEGO kit for a long time now. I don’t really know why, probably just a desire to get back to my childhood. LEGO kits are very different now of course. When I was a kid, the LEGO train my dad bought me looked more like this: than this: Whatever the reason, I’ve been eyeing up various LEGO kits over the last few months. The old Star Destroyer would be perfect but it’s no longer available: The Simpsons house is very tempting but the characters faces are a bit weird. The Ghostbusters car was very high on my list for a long time (and I may get this as a “starter” kit anyway). Yesterday, I spotted the Batman Tumbler and there’s a good chance I’ll be getting that. But LEGO also announced this…   THAT is the kit I want. Oh, and by the way, you play with LEGO or LEGO bricks, not LEGOs. Thanks. [LEGO SHIELD Helicarrier by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 31st January 2015]

Outlining – Simpsons Style

Philip HarrisChatter, WritingLeave a Comment

A long time ago, I forget where, I saw Matt Groening talking about the script writing process for The Simpsons – specifically how they make sure each episode is funny. Given that everyone appreciates different types of humour and the same gag can have one person rolling around on the floor while the person next to them yawns and suggests they switch over to Two and a Half Men they need to pack as many jokes into each episode as possible. They do that by iterating over the script multiple times. Each time they add another layer of jokes, one liners and visual gags until the episode is full of funny (or they run out of time). We apply the same idea in video game development and call it polish. It’s an essential part of the creative process, in my opinion. It’s the only way to get to that secret something, that special sauce, that separates a great game or show or movie or book from the merely good. That’s what I’m doing with my Ghost Smuggler outline this week. I’ve built my outline based on a mixture of the first draft and my latest ideas and now I’m running through the … Read More