In this post I’ll discuss the creation of the Winter Volleyball prototype.
As I mentioned earlier the base mechanic was inspired by the old DOS game Arcade Volleyball. Back in the mid 90′s I played it a lot with my brother and friends so I wanted to make it a two player game. I had also just added a few features to the Razer Hydra integration which needed testing therefore I chose to base the controls on that input device.
The season lent itself as a visual theme and I started using snowmen as main characters. At first they were just sliding back and forth but hitting the ball with the narrow top of the hat was somewhat difficult. Before going with a different avatar I linked up tilting to see if it’s fun. While it needed some tweaking, at the end this additional degree of freedom turned out to be both intuitive and useful.