You can never have enough story

Dr. Alexander al-Farabi speaking...I have good news that are also bad.

Phenomenon 32 is getting close to being finished. All that’s missing is the “endgame” areas – that and the new voice acting I recently decided upon. Yes, I’ve decided to add a few more characters (and actors to voice them). It’s an important decision, because it means I have to write more text and spend time recording it, but once the choice was made it seemed so essential that I can’t imagine the game without it anymore. So this is likely to add a few more days to the release date, but it’s going to elevate the quality of the storytelling to a whole new level.

Storytelling, you see, was one thing I was worried about. The game relied too heavily on telling its story through visuals and music – through atmosphere. But this isn’t a game about the ruins of Earth; it’s a game about humanity, and humanity needed a stronger voice (literally, in this case). I’ve written several pages of text now, and for the first time I feel like I really get the game. Before this, I was happy but nervous – now I feel like I know what I’m doing. Now the game has a soul.

And, you know, I think it’ll be awesome to have a full voice cast.

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16 Comments

  1. Sebastian

     /  November 15, 2009

    I’m looking forward to it.

  2. Evil Roda

     /  November 15, 2009

    YES! YES! YES!
    As soon as this comes out, I’m locking my pets and my mother out of this house and not coming out or letting them in until I’ve finished this game! It’s going to be THAT cool! :DDD
    I love you, Jonas! I’m sure that this game will be even more awesome now. After all, the best thing about all your other games was the story, and this one, I see, is not about to make an exception to that rule. Not that the other games weren’t fun. It’s just that you are so good at telling stories. And I’m sure the voices will only add to the awesomeness of the story.

  3. Please include a fake russian, indian or cantonese accent, like in a Hollywood movie. That would rock my socks.

  4. Please include a fake russian, indian or cantonese accent, like in a Hollywood movie. That would rock my socks.

    I don’t entirely know what you mean, honestly.

  5. They do it in US movies.

    That’s an absurd and useless generalisation. Sometimes Hollywood movies have people with badly done accents. Sometimes they have people with real accents, or with excellently executed imitations, which amounts to the same. (The same goes for movies from the rest of the world, by the way.) But the real question is how these things are presented – as real as an accent may be, if the characters are presented in a stereotypical light, it’s useless.

  6. Oh come on, my comment wasn’t an insult to the US film industry. And even if it was, why should you care. I just find those fake accents funny, and would like to listen to one of them in your games.

  7. Sebastian

     /  November 16, 2009

    Apart from the first guy they don’t seem to be faking accents.

  8. Apparently, that why I added “done by someone who fakes it”.

  9. Oh come on, my comment wasn’t an insult to the US film industry. And even if it was, why should you care. I just find those fake accents funny, and would like to listen to one of them in your games.

    If you do, you should really watch the first episode of Fringe, for a tremendously bad German accent.

    Apparently, that why I added “done by someone who fakes it”.

    I think the confusion is due to the fact that you added that at the end, when it’s the first link that’s actually someone faking an accent.

  10. Sebastian

     /  November 16, 2009

    You see, adding that to three links 66% of which show someone who’s not faking an accent, is a bit misleading. At least in my book.

  11. Ah, now I get your confusion. I just wanted to showcase the accents I like, not necessarily examples of faked ones. The part “done by someone who fakes it” doesn’t refer to the links, but to how I would like it implemented.

    In what part of the episode does this German appear? I will check it out. Btw. do you watch The Big Bang Theory? Probably, but I was just reminded of it because of the indian nerd guy, whose actor actually doesn’t fake the accent, but exaggerates.

  12. In what part of the episode does this German appear?

    Right in the beginning, on a flight from Frankfurt. It’s painful. Later in the series we’re treated to such wonderful Frankfurt locations as the “Wissenschaft Prison.”

    Btw. do you watch The Big Bang Theory? Probably, but I was just reminded of it because of the indian nerd guy, whose actor actually doesn’t fake the accent, but exaggerates.

    No, not yet. It sounds interesting, but we haven’t had the time.

    Accents are an odd thing. I know people with French and Indian accents, for example, where if you heard them on the TV you’d swear the actor is overdoing it, but they’re absolutely real.

  13. Wait, wait, wait. You’re putting in even MORE awesomeness?

    SWEET!

  14. I’m sure you’d like it. Basically every aspect of nerd culture is included. You should send me a hard drive anyway, there are so many movies and TV series on our server that you can last a couple of years.

  15. Gonna watch this episode when I return from shopping.