During the first part of the week, I was mostly focused on onboarding and familiarizing myself with Monochrome and the project organization in Unity. It was very exciting to be able to see how far the Monochrome team has already come in the development of this game! I also met with my manager Daye and got to learn more about what would be required of me throughout the coming weeks.
I was then able to play the game and learn more about the style and gameplay that the players will experience. Daye explained the dialogue editor as well as the ORK framework, which are vital plug-ins to making the game function as well as it does. These were very fascinating to learn, however, I feel as if I need to spend more time trying to master them. I was also assigned to play through the first portion of the game and note any bugs I found. It was fun to see what weird key and input combinations I could come up with in order to bug test the game. In addition to bug testing, I was also assigned to work on smoothing a cutscene transition in the first level. This is the task that I’m currently working on, and I’m attempting to make sure that the player cannot skip the dialogue too quickly in order to activate a new scene before the cutscene ends. I plan to finish this task by the end of this week in order to add it to a new build of the game.
Plans for Next Week
My plans for next week include continuing to bug test the new build and note down any game-breaking bugs. In addition I plan to watch more tutorials and read more material about the ORK framework and the dialogue editor to ensure that I become more comfortable using these plug-ins.
This Week's Media
The piece of media that I wanted to share for this week was definitely on the scarier side. I seem to have a guilty pleasure for horror, even though I get scared pretty easily. I especially enjoy the genre known as “analog horror” which is based on found-footage from old VHS and television broadcasts. This series, LOCAL 58, dives into a world which is similar to ours, but not everything is what it seems. I’ve added the first video in the series to give you a chance to tune in to this mysterious television channel.