Instead of writing two different blog post, I’m just going to combine the feedback in one to save some hassle.
The overall feedback was good but more positive on visual literacy than dynamic communications.
For dynamic communications the humour was evident in the flash story but the visual consistency fell out once or twice, introduction could’ve been smoother and clearer and it could’ve been better thought through and the visual styles couldve been pushed even more.Overall, it did its job and included the requirement of being interactive in a simple way.
I made it out to be an image based interactive story rather than actual animation so maybe thats why it wasnt as smooth as it couldve been.
For visual literacy, it was overall really good feeback and the only criticism was to make the idea clearer. The added music really helped and so did the textures. lighting was appropriate for the scene as everything was well-lit and could be seen clearly.
Life is Strange is an interactive game which also changes the story throughout the whole game based on your choices (consequence base). Its 5 episodes long but takes more than 12 hours to complete as I have actually played it (totally recommend it) and found it quite immersive. Whatever happens to the character is totally up to you but doing one thing wrong can cause a chain of events in the game. The main character is also allowed to rewind to change their answer but its quite limited as it affects them.
Gone home is a short narrative interactive game following the story of younger one of the two sisters which deals with gender issues and young adulthood.
I have personally played it myself and the atmosphere the game gives is quite unnerving at some point for me because no one is home in the game and your character just goes around rooms finding clues as to where your family is and finding about your younger sisters issues.
This game is a narrative interactive game kind of based on the TV series but in someone else’s point of view. It goes through the zombie apocalypse from the beginning and you go through the journey as the main characters which may make you feel emotionally attach to them. (no spoilers here… maybe)
These are my completed scenes which are mainly used in the interactive narrative. I’ve used effects on some areas to achieve a more textured look.
For this, I first sketched the style that was in my mind which is similar to this image/style, which I would classify as a more realistic take on anime style.
My second choice was a kind of chibi-style? which is similar to anime but in a much smaller scale and cuter. However, I wanted it to look creepy and so different styles were mixed for experimentation purposes.
I also thought about doing something that is Tim Burton inspired so I also search for that style.
So, since my main and only setting takes place in a bathroom, I searched for pictures of public bathrooms as reference which isn’t actually that interesting believe it or not.
They all pretty much just look alike, you know generic public bathroom type. Anyway , it was fun searching for public bathrooms to look at for the background of my interactive digital story.