World of Goo design tour

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November 30th, 2008

Whenever I play a game, I look for design lessons that I can learn and apply to my own games. Recently, I decided to show these lessons in the form of a video tour of games that make interesting design decisions. The first one is about World of Goo by 2Dboy. Please forgive the stiff narration; I am still getting used to talking to myself :)

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Just got a response from Kyle Gabler from 2Dboy!

"Wow thanks David! I laughed out loud at some of the very small, and embarrassingly correct, details you managed to pick up on. I remember the day we got the balls stretching and squishing along the velocity vector - an entirely cosmetic feature - but it instantly made the game more fun and tactile. Also, you noticed we used blurred foreground and background textures as a sneaky way to have higher image compression ratios. That's completely right, which is funny, since that was a case of a technical limitation that actually caused the game to look better with more depth.

Very perceptive, thumbs up!"

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