Thursday, March 15, 2007
posted 9:11pm
"The Ides of March"
Well, today it's the Ides of March. The fifteenth, and it seems to be going better for me than for Caesar back in 44 BC. I've completed all the major plot points for Across The Stars and have been spending my time reading Character Development and Storytelling for Games. It's written by the scriptwriter Lee Sheldon and really focuses on storytelling, something I'm beginning to realize I know too little about. So I'm trying to use this time to learn how to tell a story. There clearly are mechanics that are used in the process and I just need to learn what they are. It will directly impact my scriptwriting and produce better movies. But, like anything, it takes time for me to read through all this material. I wish I paid more attention growing up, but that's another story.

I also ran across this article by the New York Times about the "most important video games of all time".

It lists them as:

  • Spacewar! (1962)

  • Star Raiders (1979)

  • Zork (1980)

  • Tetris (1985)

  • SimCity (1989)

  • Super Mario Bros. 3 (1990)

  • Civilization I/II (1991)

  • Doom (1993)

  • Warcraft series (beginning 1994)

  • Sensible World of Soccer (1994)

  • Woot for adventure games!!! Zork is on the list, and Zork started it all. Without Zork, Infocom would not exists, nor Across The Stars.

    Well, as I learn more about story development and creating characters that are alive, I'll hopefully be able to create something that people will come to remember. I can at least try. Look for Across The Stars - Part I in fall, and hopefully I can crank out another video before then. It's always fun to do one of those, and it's a good way to get away from all of the books :)

    - D