Pre-production and Production Introduction to BMC.

March 28, 2008

I had already spent alot of time making my IF before these blogs were assigned, but I figured I can still blog about Pre-Production aspects of parts of BMC (Black Mesa Chronicles, my IF) that are still in development as well as introduce everyone to what I’ve done so far.  My basic concept is Half-Life from another point of view, much like the GearBox Software expansions except mine is not a Half-Life mod, it’s coded in Inform 7.  It centers around the player who is a scientist that must escape from part of the Black Mesa Facility not shown in any Half-Life games or expansions.  Half-Life differed from many FPSs at the time by using scripted sequences instead of cut scenes.  The difference is that the player has control during these sequences, allowing for more realism and intensity.  This makes Inform 7 quite a suitable medium for my version, as one of it’s key features is that during it’s scenes the player can still remain in full control.  In fact the player’s choices during these scenes are going to be what determines the overall outcome of the game.  I am also incorporating sound effects, music, and pictures that make the player feel more like he/she is in the classic Half-Life environment.  This will hopefully make players familiar with first person shooters and/or Half-Life feel less alienated by the fact that they have much less control in aspects of first person shooters, along with more control along the lines of Inform capabilities.  I also plan to integrate a help system uniquely tailored to the capabilities of my game for players new to IF.