Spore Study: Wadrin (2)

27 10 2008

With the Wadrin species sprouting legs it was only a matter of time before they frolicked to land. The creature were still very much in they’re simple cell-like form with the old appendages attached and fresh pair of legs the time to become land conquerors drew near.

A pack of your fiercest survivors make the journey to land. they create a sort of nests where they begin to sing and dance and procreate to further the existence of the Wadrin. So they give you the task of the explorer.Adventuring across the lands of Gaia in search for food and other species that inhabit the planet. At first I began walking straight up a large hill. On the other side of the hill was another pack of simple creatures with at least one leg and a mosquito-like features. At first they strayed from me and backed off in fear of the new creature they have discovered. But when I approached them they began to do simple steps almost like a rhythmic dance that I could copy. After imitating them I ha gained they’re trust. They now allowed me to roost in they’re nest if necessary and would even follow me in search of other creatures on the island.

So it was me and my mosquito-like companion will call me Mcfly for short. We were wondering around the planet which stopping to much on vegetation and various fruit spread throughout the landscape. Also found scattered about were bones and fossils which could be broken down to release new abilities and “parts” for my ultimate vegetarian alien. After some wondering I stumbled upon a giant geyser omitting this gas which belched from the earth. Mcfly was eager to show his courage, being that he was the alpha of his pack so he chose to step on that geyser. With comical action Mcfly was jetted up to at least 30 feet in the air. He landed unharmed but a llittle confused. I was too curious and decided to feel the feeling of flight which thrilled me so much I went and evolved and gained wings.

Now me I glided lightly hoping from hill to hill with a small pair of wings. I also had sprouted a bit of a bird-like beak which helped in cracking fossils and eating the various fruits in the area. After some more travels Mcfly and I stumbled across a pack of four-legged trunk nosed vermin. Who in first response to are arrival began to spit and spew at us. Mcfly was injured and couldn’t traverse much farther. I happened to glide away towards a more “friendlier” nest when to my surprise Mcfly had followed me diligently instead of returning home. But behind him lay the rat-like creatures on his trail following and spitting still obviously angry at us for no apparent reason. But hey folks this is survival.
So when the Atts stumbled upon the new nest they began to attack and spew they’re venomous bile from they’re lips on my new found allies who resembled a bit of large outstretched dogs, which at least two different mouths. A great battled ensued between the Cerberus like pooches and the venomous vermin. Let’s just say me and Mcfly did not stick around for the spoils of war. We withdrew to another crevice where we were bombarded with hunger. We had to find food fast because we were both fading fast. I did not want to eat my poor friend but if it came down to it…

Finally we came across another pair of fruit trees very relatively close to Mcfly’s own nest. So I bid my ally farewell for now since it was time to return to my own mate. We parted ways with a little sadness. As he left I stumbled upon a small pack of almost complete fuzzed creatures and saw a miraculous light in the sky. On of the creatures was being sucked into what looked like a giant-disc-shaped spaceship by a tractor beam. Which made me question what the future holds for  my wadrins ?
I arrived at the nest to find it abandoned. Some large predator ,no doubt, had sent them fleeing to find another reliable nest. Damn them to leave me with nothing in my absence but they did leave a bit of a trail to follow. Now in search of my wadrin I follow the trail of their own despair. My mate I pray for her passage in this rough world. May the new found wings we sprouted bring some hope to my species.


Spore Study: Wadrin(1)

24 10 2008

Recently I have purchased Will Wright’s revolutionary computer game Spore. But rather then break it down or review it in the traditional sense, instead of discussing things such as sound or gameplay, I will develop a story creating two very different species in this remarkable game.Will Wright of Simcity and Sim’s fame is no stranger to putting the player in control of every detail in the sense that the player is also the creator and perhaps even the writer. For the stories that emerge from the creation of an endless array of species is remarkable in itself.

You simply start by clicking on a planet, there is a wide variety of settings and landscapes from a traditional Earth to dark recesses that can only bear a resemblance to classic Startrek planets such as Vulcan or Starwars’ Tatooine for that matter. So after selecting a planet you name the planet. I named mine simply Gaia(Greek for earth) which is appropriate because they’re is lush vegetation and plenty of water on Gaia. After that you pick an evolutionary stage to start.I want to start at the begging and further stages will be explained as I progress through them. So I chose to start from the beginning at the Cell stage. After that you are prompted if you would rather be a herbivore or a carnivore. This is where you choices will significantly alter you abilities and the way you play the game. So these journals will be of the race of creatures I have created called the Wadrin( an anagram of Darwin)who are strictly on a plant diet. The race of species will be covered latter for their story is very different because they will be galactic warlords and meat eaters. The Wadrin are in fact very different but they’re evolution now rests in the hand of me.   So without further ado; a story of life, a story of creation, the story of the Wadrin evolution.

Floating spilling into the primordial liquid of life the first of the species known as the Wadrin is alive. With a quick shreek the Wadrin goes about swimming and looking in its vast primal ocean. The creature is but a simple amoeba-like specimen. The prim is flowing with life of all kinds. Some very large creatures floating and collecting krill and other vegetation in their large jaws sucking and gasping to extinguish life. Other creatures float to other large branches which contain fragments of plant life budding with algae and plankton. Being a consumer of plant-life I swim over to these patches but I must hurry, other specimen understand the importance of food and they’re existence. After eating my fill I witness the death of a unique creature which leaves behind a glowing token of some sort for a boost in the evolution. It’s time to start climbing the ladder. It’s time to collect more plant life.

After a few narrow misses I am finally killed when a pack of ravenous creatures attack a group of my own species I interfere and soon become fish food to they’re gaping jaws. But not to worry, I am quickly respawned and the evolution can commence, but now it’s time to mate! After finding a special mate, I am given opportunities to help my species by evolving and “growing” new parts. I arrange my own vertebrae and make a squid-like creature with writhing flagella to trap plant life in my mouth. I have tentacles on my back used for gripping and propulsion’s through the aquatic abyss. Cilia on the side of my head which act as rudders which help to steer this vassal of a creature. Also on my ass I have to latest in jet-propulsion to jettison me through the water to avoid the numerous predators. Let’s not forget my two button eyes. Now unleashed on this world with more to match up with the predators who are left in my trail of bubbles. But the occasional giant monstrosity can always attack and follow me for long period of time less I avert they’re attention on a pack of other helpless sea brine. With the new tools equipped and evolution in my sights.

More plankton and algae is consumed and I’m on my journey to collect more “parts” to evolve through broken masses of meteorite that crash into the pools. Sacrificing protection and an offensive attack for speed and evasiveness I kept coming back to the basic animal instinct to fight or take flight. I choose the latter when it comes to these denizen of the deep. After a period of at least 600 million years(time flies) the Wadrin can finally sprout legs and race for the surface/ But what horrors await the simply minded Wadrin on land? IS the future simply ready for the Wadrin, or is land a whole new adventure in itself. Tune in for more entries as this evolution continues and check back for the next line of galactic marauders in my Spore stories.

A study in”Good Writing” for Games

1 10 2008

Writing for video games is diverse for the interactive nature of video games is not JUST something that informs the player of the story;it’s the proposed foundation of the process.It must enhance and compliment the gameplay. I want it to alter the story depending on my actions.The players actions must define the story, amplyfying the game mechanics and giving purpose to the player. I want control over the fate of the character in a non-linear fashion, as I am the active participant of the story. I believe a strong narrative is very important to a game, the players must interact with the narrative. Both the dialogue and cutscenes are used to help convey the story more now then ever in video games. Cutscenes and dialogue which break the game into segments coincide to shape the outcome. A video game writer must maintain strong narrative them while making changes necessary to compliment gamplay. Move away from long CG movies and cut to the freedom of conversations. Dramatic storytelling serves the need of the gamplay.