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MAKING THE ULTIMATE VIDEO GAME! Kim of the blog Later Levels has decided to change up Question of The Month for 2019. This month we would have to describe the setting and themes. Just one thing I should say; expect a LOT of references to JRPG's here. So, let's begin!
A video game's setting pretty much dictates the story, since the character are mostly likely going to be rooted from that place. For me, I like dealing with younger characters(around 14-19), since I think there is a lot of development that can take with them rather than adult characters. Games such as Kingdom Hearts and Persona 5 show this. Because of this, I think a high school as the main setting would work well, it's where the character and themes would be most prevalent.
I would my dream game to show off a whole variety of characters and relationship, and a high school setting seems like the best place for that. However, characters are not the focus of this blog post.
This is a bit more of a head-sracher, as themes to exporle with teenagers are a bit more controversial than anything, and as someone who wants to makes things for people just enjoy, it's a bit hard with certain themes. A theme I would want to explore is love, because of the fact that at a young age, it's so...interesting! Speaking from experience, love a young age is very mindboggeling, since you don't understand those feelings. I would want explore young relationships(both romantic and friendships), just to give teens something to relate to.
Another theme that COULD be explored is the media's influence on people, and how that transfers into how people view certain demographics. Teens here in London, United Kingdom are kinda of viewed as people who always carry knifes and are involved in gangs. I'll go more into this when I get to the story part of this, but I want to show the effects that these labels may have on people. I say could, because this idea is not in a design doc I am taking these ideas from.
Anyways those are my ideas for the setting and themes in my ultimate game! Really like this new Question of the Month format, I'm going to try and do one for everyone month! No promises though...
Anyways, that's it for now! Thanks for reading, have a great day/night, share if you enjoyed it and take care.
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