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Exhibit L: LICHT joining the Games Science Center

It is entirely possible that my mother had drawings I made in kindergarten on the fridge, but other than that no work of mine ever got exhibited. Now my very first game will be, in the Games Science Center in Berlin in 2013/2014.

It’s the fifth confirmed exhibit alongside other projects showcasing new and futuristic technologies about to enter our daily lives, like the Oculus Rift, the Leap Motion controller or the Myo. So certainly a place worth visiting to experience where we are heading in a world where change is accelerating and interaction with computers is about to evolve to the next level.

You can find information about the Games Science Center here:

Homepage: www.gamesciencecenter.de
Facebook: www.facebook.com/GameScienceCenter
Twitter: www.twitter.com/GSC_Berlin

LICHT v1.08 submitted to Airspace

The most important thing first – the Oculus Rift is activated in the new release. All you need to do is push ALT + O (that is not a number!) and you enter the game instead of just looking at it … provided you have an Oculus Rift connected of course.
To center the camera you can press CTRL at any time.

Then there has been more feedback, especially the menu needed some help because it was not intuitive enough.

Slow paced challenging game
by drwiley — August 3

Puzzles are challenging, but not too challenging. The designers also did a good job with the light sources to very subtly let you know the relationship between your controller, the ball, and the environment. The menus could use work. To exit the game you must touch “exit” “the” “game” in 3-D space. This is hard to someone new to the game and not obvious. Also I got stuck at “reopen the gates”. I didn’t know I was going into nested menus so I didn’t know to return twice to get back to the game.

Stoned or Bored
by jwohrman — August 2

You must be seriously stoned, bored to ennui, or have the patience of a buddha to enjoy or even understand this game. Is it pretty? Yes. Is it glacially slow? Tectonic plates are impressed. Does it provide even rudimentary instructions? Not even a little bit. Worst of all. The exit button wouldn’t respond no matter how much I begged.

Thank you both, there clearly are issues with the menu – so I changed things a bit.

Around the “EXIT” “THE” “GAME” objects I put a “hit all 3” sign to make it easier to understand how the exit mechanism works. And to make it easier to see how to navigate the menus I changed the color of the return fields to red, that way no matter where, you always see them directly and know where you can go back.
And while DrWiley nailed my approach to the game, I feel that jwohrmann had wrong expectations.
So for that reason I changed the description and made clear that it is not an action title, but a game focused on exploration and experimentation. Sorry jwohrmann
…but I have to complain with a part of your rating … no instructions?

The game starts with a full tutorial!
You might want to get instructions on how to solve the riddles, but as the game designer I feel that is not how riddles should work. That is the part where you have to figure out the stuff on your own.

Currently the new version is in evaluation at Leap Motion – so I hope it will be available some time next week. Or there might be an issue. We will see.

Now it becomes time to slowly switch to VR game making for the VR Jam.

LICHT version 1.08 is coming UPDATED #1

First thank you for all the positive reviews I have gotten for LICHT little adventure, it really is very motivating to read that so many like it that much.

There also has been some criticism that I will try to address in the next update, so I write here in case somebody has something to add.

“The introduction of orbiting orbs that you cannot control results in you spending a huge amount of time doing nothing more than fighting the game design.”
by Walt — July 25

I can only guess that you did not use the stop function to make the orb pause … that makes handling the smaller energy orbs much easier. They are part of the game design – on your way down you are still supposed to learn how to handle your big orb, but on your way up I wanted to add a challenge, that are the smaller orbs. I am sorry you did not like it, but it is as it is supposed to be.
I also got the opposite feedback where someone asks why I have not repeated that game mechanism more to make the game a bit harder.

But there is one part of the ascent that has repeatedly frustrated players – the colored blocks get the orb stuck. So I changed that part a bit.

Now they are all round and placed so that you should just go smoothly through on your way back without little or big orbs getting stuck.

And there were complaints that one ramp in the Gravity Zone was far too hard. Again – use the stop function to position the big orb. But I made a bit more space, so now you can go up the ramp with a bit more speed making it easier. Also the ramp is a tiny bit wider.

You still have problems? Please let me know, the better you describe your problem, the easier it will be for me to fix. But I will always try:

made me hate
“then made me hate more”
by nickmarks — July 25

Dear nickmarks, I feel with you. In one of the next updates I will add a companion sphere, it will help you deal with your hate and spread love. Still working on the empathy module at the moment.

Here a first prototype picture that I hope will help you cope with the situation.
If you want to specify your problems, please feel free to contact me.

That is all I got for Update #1 since we are out of beta, all changes are in the game so far. Just waiting to see if there are other problems I can address. I do not want to have the good folks at Leap Motion have to check an update from me every two days, they already have their hands full!


My favorite app yet
At first I found the controls a bit frustrating, but really they’re perfect for the game, and show how well the Leap handles depth. The mechanics can be frustrating as the orbs you collect can tend orbit too widely and not register when opening a checkpoint. But honestly, once Indienerds add on to this it’ll be a de facto app for the Leap, even more so than it already is. Definitely worth the money, pick this up now if you have a Leap.
by Dalto11 — July 27

Now this is something I am not sure I want to change or even should change, even though I see the problem. Sometimes your orbs go crazy … I have had them do some really big orbits that I found awesome.
Now there are solutions to getting your orbs under control … and here I spoil a bit so be warned.
First stop your orb and see what orbits the smaller ones take. Now just fly to a wall that will make then loose their energy because they fly against it and stop your orb at that wall … they will all come to papa and be much closer.
An alternative, and much more fun in my opinion, is to have a look at the orbits and figure out a good position where the smaller obs collide with the orb collector. That really is all part of the game and fun, so making that easier will not only shorten the game a bit more, it will also remove a game element that I really care for.

BUT … if I am the only one caring for it and there are many that would rather have a much bigger radius for the orb catcher … please let me know in the comments.

Ohhh … and thank you for the kind review Dalto11!!

LICHT little adventure is now available on Airspace


From now on you can buy LICHT on the Leap Motion app store Airspace right here.
Or you can find it in the shop in the “Top Picks”  area as well as by just browsing.

While I currently have switched development to the next game “Angler”, which will be a fishing game of sorts, I would love to go back and add more worlds to LICHT if it sells well enough to allow it and if there is enough interest.
That is why I am very interested in which parts of LICHT have you enjoyed most – was it the physics gameplay in the mine? guiding the orb when it was pulled to the ground by gravity? or was it using the searchlight and finding objects in the dark?
And don’t spare me the negative constructive critic – please leave a comment of what you did not like …

Comment here or leave me a rating on Airspace, I will read it all.

Leap Motion Controller PC Launch Games Review Roundup


Very soon the Leap Motion Controller and Airspace, the app store for it, will launch. So it is a good time to have a look at the games that wait for the eager gamer.
I have used the Leap Motion almost daily for the past few months, so to be honest I am no longer that easily impressed. I noticed that my reviews sometimes are much harsher than the reactions some titles get from fresh users. So please consider this and if you think a game looks interesting, ignore my ramblings and just go for it. Most games are very cheap anyway and you want to play with your new toy right?

If you want to save some time at the end you find a short list of the games I personally deem absolutely must play titles. But at least read the categories I use to group the games, that might be of interest for your decisions.

3D control games, these really use the ability of the Leap to sense your position in 3D space. This group is rather small.

2.5D control games, this group adds some controls that would not be possible with a touchscreen.

2D control games – or the touchscreen conversion group. These games are actually touchscreen games or at least limit interaction to touchscreen mechanics that work with the Leap. Not really a bad thing, titles like Fruit Ninja really get a kick from the Leaps precision and reaction time without the need to obscure the view! This is currently the main group, and since it allows developers to target many platforms, will stay the biggest group I guess.
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