Game Design: Using PowerPoint with TFS to do storyboards, Part 2

If you are reading this blog, good, if you aren’t, then how did you get to this part of the sentence?  Ok, haha.

The is a problem here, games have randomness right?  Sort of like that annoying opening sentence.  In a movie for example, it is unlikely you would really do a stream of consciousness thing, you might do a scene that makes the viewer thinks that they are see a stream of consciousness.  With a game, outside of cut scenes you are usually dealing with stream of consciousness inside of the game player, and they are not interested in your stream of consciousness.  A game is not a book or a movie, it requires the attention of the user and works inside of their consciousness.  

Also, before I came up with that boring paragraph, I was going to write that storyboarding doesn’t require that you have any graphic art capabilities.  It is better to hire or partner with a good graphical artist, it is hard enough to figure out how to make things work.  And there are a large number of graphic artists that are looking to improve their portfolio.

But to get your idea into the game you need to express your ideas in a number of ways:

Storyboard the action, menus, cut scenes, maps, etc. but you can use office clip art or similar.  And if you want to see a good short demo of storyboarding for a movie take a look at the Disk 2 of the Moulin Rouge DVD set.  And yes I guess I will have to turn in my “Man” card for watching it, but I thought it was a pretty good movie.  And one that would be a pretty good game if you could afford the artwork.

Let’s take a look at the storyboarding:













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