<![CDATA[Jim Dodge, Game Designer - Blog]]>Sat, 17 Feb 2018 09:21:52 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Promotional Media for thistlebea.com]]>Sat, 27 Jan 2018 17:04:12 GMThttp://dodgethis.com/blog/promotional-media-for-thistlebeacom
Copy editing and graphic design for a set of postcards advertising my wife's wedding planning business.
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<![CDATA[Tomb Raider (2013) Camera Analysis 24 Chasm Ziggurat]]>Sat, 02 Dec 2017 20:49:43 GMThttp://dodgethis.com/blog/tomb-raider-2013-camera-analysis-24-chasm-zigguratA camera beat chart and additional analysis for the Summit Forest mission.
See the whole series of articles on the Camera page. "Read More" for details.

Camera Beat Chart
Each minute of the Chasm Ziggurat mission, broken down into the camera types found within it (see analysis below for details)
A satisfying ending to a phenomenal game - and the crystallization point for what the Crystal Dynamics team saw as the definitive Tomb Raider experience. The whole game is about the birth of an icon, so it appropriately feels like everything has been leading up to this moment when "A Survivor Is Born."

Lara Croft dual weilds pistols for the first time while fighting the final boss in a quick but satisfying conclusion to the action. This is presented as a custom gameplay sequence where the player controls the reticle with the right stick and can shoot with both triggers.

Then 4 minutes of cinematics wrap up the loose ends in the character arcs and overall story. This is not a lot of time, given the total cinematic length and the amount of cinematics in the introductory missions. The ending may be intentionally light on expensive cinematic content, as common standards from 2001 indicate that less than 20% of players for any game actually finish, according to John Lee, interviewed by Blake Snow (CNN 2011); and that number has moved closer to 10% in the last decade.

Tomb Raider's second to last boss is an large undead Samurai whom Lara must battle at close range, and that is the climax in gameplay intensity as far as combat goes. Notably, the developers succeed at bringing all aspects of the game into the last mission, including puzzles, climbing, and ranged combat. The level of challenge is not necessary the hardest in the game, but the completing each test is rewarding and let's the players show their mastery of the games' major systems.

Add the fan service of seeing Lara's iconic silhouette with two pistols after the cult leader falls to his death, and it's enough to give you chills of excitement for the future of this franchise.
Camera Time by CategoryChart skewed by 4 minutes of NIS at end of game
Exotic cameras refer to the zipline and balance cameras as well as custom or rarely used cameras
Static-facing cameras are better versions of the industry standard static cameras. Includes camera pulls and shots with movement/rotation on one axis
NIS include transitions and any unresponsive shots
Follow cameras are driven by mouse or stick input
Climbing cameras support the climbing features


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<![CDATA[Tomb Raider (2013) Camera Analysis 23 Chasm Shrine]]>Mon, 13 Nov 2017 01:16:16 GMThttp://dodgethis.com/blog/tomb-raider-2013-camera-analysis-23-chasm-shrineA camera beat chart and additional analysis for the Chasm Shrine mission.
See the whole series of articles on the Camera page. "Read More" for details.

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Each minute of the Chasm Shrine mission, broken down into the camera types found within it (see analysis below for details)
Camera Time by CategoryMore menus, exclusively from collectables
Exotic cameras refer to the zipline and balance cameras as well as custom or rarely used cameras
Static-facing cameras are better versions of the industry standard static cameras. Includes camera pulls and shots with movement/rotation on one axis
NIS include transitions and any unresponsive shots
Follow cameras are driven by mouse or stick input
Climbing cameras support the climbing features


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<![CDATA[Tomb Raider (2013) Camera Analysis 22 Chasm Stronghold]]>Sat, 28 Oct 2017 22:11:25 GMThttp://dodgethis.com/blog/tomb-raider-2013-camera-analysis-22-chasm-strongholdA camera beat chart and additional analysis for the Chasm Stronghold mission.
See the whole series of articles on the Camera page. "Read More" for details.


Camera Beat Chart
Each minute of the Chasm Stronghold mission, broken down into the camera types found within it (see analysis below for details)
Camera Time by Category Primarily follow even considering major setpieces
Exotic cameras refer to the zipline and balance cameras as well as custom or rarely used cameras
Static-facing cameras are better versions of the industry standard static cameras. Includes camera pulls and shots with movement/rotation on one axis
NIS include transitions and any unresponsive shots
Follow cameras are driven by mouse or stick input
Climbing cameras support the climbing features

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<![CDATA[Tomb Raider (2013) Camera Analysis 21 Research Base]]>Sun, 15 Oct 2017 02:25:03 GMThttp://dodgethis.com/blog/tomb-raider-2013-camera-analysis-21-research-baseA camera beat chart and additional analysis for the Research Base mission.
See the whole series of articles on the Camera page. "Read More" for details.

Camera Beat Chart
Each minute of the Research Base mission, broken down into the camera types found within it (see analysis below for details)
Camera Time by CategoryInitially light on cinematics, achieves parity by end
Exotic cameras refer to the zipline and balance cameras as well as custom or rarely used cameras
Static-facing cameras are  better versions of the industry standard static cameras. Includes camera pulls and shots with movement/rotation on one axis
NIS include transitions and any unresponsive shots
Follow cameras are driven by mouse or stick input
Climbing cameras support the climbing features


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<![CDATA[Tomb Raider (2013) Camera Analysis 20 Cliffside Bunker]]>Sat, 16 Sep 2017 23:17:48 GMThttp://dodgethis.com/blog/tomb-raider-2013-camera-analysis-20-cliffside-bunkerA camera beat chart and additional analysis for the Cliffside Bunker mission.
See the whole series of articles on the Camera page. "Read More" for details.

Camera Beat Chart
Each minute of the Cliffside Bunker mission, broken down into the camera types found within it (see analysis below for details)
Note: Once all the charts are complete, I will go back through the data and add mission specific analysis here.
Camera Time By Category Increased distribution to less common cameras
Exotic cameras refer to the zipline and balance cameras as well as custom or rarely used cameras
Static-facing cameras are  better versions of the industry standard static cameras. Includes camera pulls and shots with movement/rotation on one axis
NIS include transitions and any unresponsive shots
Follow cameras are driven by mouse or stick input
Climbing cameras support the climbing features

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<![CDATA[Tomb Raider (2013) Camera Analysis 19 Shipwreck Beach]]>Sat, 16 Sep 2017 18:22:08 GMThttp://dodgethis.com/blog/tomb-raider-2013-camera-analysis-19-shipwreck-beachA camera beat chart and additional analysis for the Shipwreck Beach mission.
See the whole series of articles on the Camera page. "Read More" for details.

Camera Beat Chart
Each minute of the Shipwreck Beach mission, broken down into the camera types found within it (see analysis below for details)
Camera Time By Category Increased distribution to less common cameras
Exotic cameras refer to the zipline and balance cameras as well as custom or rarely used cameras
Static-facing cameras are  better versions of the industry standard static cameras. Includes camera pulls and shots with movement/rotation on one axis
NIS include transitions and any unresponsive shots
Follow cameras are driven by mouse or stick input
Climbing cameras support the climbing features


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<![CDATA[Tomb Raider (2013) Camera Analysis 18 Summit Forest]]>Sun, 27 Aug 2017 00:03:13 GMThttp://dodgethis.com/blog/tomb-raider-2013-camera-analysis-18-summit-forestA camera beat chart and additional analysis for the Summit Forest mission.
See the whole series of articles on the Camera page. "Read More" for details.

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Each minute of the Summit Forest mission, broken down into the camera types found within it (see analysis below for details)
Camera Time by Category Predominantly follow camera accentuated by rail
Exotic cameras refer to the zipline and balance cameras as well as custom or rarely used cameras
Static-facing cameras are  better versions of the industry standard static cameras. Includes camera pulls and shots with movement/rotation on one axis
NIS include transitions and any unresponsive shots
Follow cameras are driven by mouse or stick input
Climbing cameras support the climbing features


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<![CDATA[Tomb Raider (2013) Camera Analysis 17 Solarii Fortress]]>Sat, 12 Aug 2017 22:38:20 GMThttp://dodgethis.com/blog/tomb-raider-2013-camera-analysis-17-solarii-fortressA camera beat chart and additional analysis for the Solarii Fortress mission.
See the whole series of articles on the Camera page. "Read More" for details.

Camera Beat Chart
Each minute of the Solarii Fortress mission, broken down into the camera types found within it (see analysis below for details)
Camera Time by Category The end of Act 2 has a heavier cinematic cost
Exotic cameras refer to the zipline and balance cameras as well as custom or rarely used cameras
Static-facing cameras are  better versions of the industry standard static cameras. Includes camera pulls and shots with movement/rotation on one axis
NIS include transitions and any unresponsive shots
Follow cameras are driven by mouse or stick input
Climbing cameras support the climbing features


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<![CDATA[Tomb Raider (2013) Camera Analysis 16 Geothermal Caverns]]>Sun, 06 Aug 2017 19:58:50 GMThttp://dodgethis.com/blog/tomb-raider-2013-camera-analysis-16-geothermal-cavernsA camera beat chart and additional analysis for the Geothermal Caverns mission.
See the whole series of articles on the Camera page. "Read More" for details.

Camera Beat Chart
Each minute of the Geothermal Caverns mission, broken down into the camera types found within it (see analysis below for details)
Camera Time by CategoryLedge (Climbing) cameras seen above average
Exotic cameras refer to the zipline and balance cameras as well as custom or rarely used cameras
Static-facing cameras are  better versions of the industry standard static cameras. Includes camera pulls and shots with movement/rotation on one axis
NIS include transitions and any unresponsive shots
Follow cameras are driven by mouse or stick input
Climbing cameras support the climbing features

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