The last week has been crazy. I don't think I have ever been busier, but it has been really amazing. Let's get into it.
As you can see from the image above, DEEP now has some cool art in the game. I was far too afraid to show actual screen shots before now but from here on out you will be seeing a lot of them. I absolutely LOVE what Niki is doing with the art. When I imported everything and slipped on the googles last week I almost wept. I was there. I was in my weird Tronlike dreams. It felt so good.
Last week DEEP was brought to the amazing conference CineKid and there, me and Niki finially got to meet face to face. It was wonderful to be able to talk about the future of the project, our hopes and dreams and fears, right up close. It was Pauline from CineKid that connected me and Niki back at Playful Arts, so it felt very right. We did a roundtable talk about the project and had some people try it out for themselves.
It went great!
This was the very first time that the game really worked for people other than myself. Everyone that tried it was able to connect with the game straight out of the gate. We recorded the talk and I will try and get it up online ASAP.
Right after CineKid we had a second, more public showing, at Prototype in the Project Arts Centre. This was DEEPs second visit to the venue, and I am happy to report that this one went very well. About 20 different people tried the game and it worked very well for about 75% of them. Many spent far longer in the game world than I would have expected, wanting to explore every nook and cranny of the environment. The feedback was hugely positive and I feel more confident than ever about the project.
GameCity will mark the 3rd event in the 3rd country in the last 3 weeks for DEEP. Woah. You can come say hi and try it out for yourself at the OpenArcade from noon on Sunday and Monday. All going well, we should have the first our our undersea creatures in the game by there :) I just cannot wait to meet the fractal cyber whale!