Game started as a Ludum Dare #33 entry, and now will become a full-featured Puzzle Comedy Game!



Dude, Stop is a puzzle game, where the main goal is to make everyone hate you.


And I mean it! If someone would watch you play, they could slap you upside the head and call you The Most Evil Person alive! And we are not even sorry about that! Because we know that deep down in your soul… you really like it! You like ruining our puzzles, solving them badly, and looking for that one solution that could make your evil-self happy! …or, you know, you can be a boring chap and solve all the puzzles as a normal, casual, average human being. But let’s face it – we know what it’s gonna be in the end, right? …you monster!


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Time for our inconsistent and accidental weekly blog post! Today we are going to tackle audio-related problems with sound and voice integration. The twist is that there will be no examples, not even one second of audio. Yeah, we know we should show you SOMETHING, but… next time. Or the time after that. See you in 2018, folks! (okay, that joke is not funny anymore)

No more stupid jokes or stretched smiles, it’s time for this text to roll! But first, here's a little reminder: the game is on the Steam Store and you can add it to your wishlist if you so desire!

Remind me - why do we need the Voice?


The initial demo was short, sweet and cute. Simple music, a few sounds and absolutely no narration. But then SOMEONE (not pointing any fingers) decided to make a trailer with a Voice Actor! “It’s gonna be funny!” he said, “Everybody’s gonna love it” he said. And now players are demanding the same Narration in the game even though actual implementation of this feature is going to take months of work. Just listen to our old trailer once again, and then we’ll explain why it’s so hard to implement:

We should write a blog about it


All of the problems and their solutions would take a lot of time to write about, that’s why right now we will start with a brief explanation and expand on it afterwards in some other blog post. That’s assuming we make it right…

What’s the fuss all about? The trailer is about a person getting angry on the player because of his/her actions. Now imagine the same person telling some important information regarding the plot of the game: “Hello, player, the answer to life, the universe and everything is…” – and then the player does something that should interrupt the voiceover. What should be the reaction?

  • If the narrator ignores the player and continues to talk, we are ultimately failing the idea of “player pissing off the Voice”
  • If the narrator ends his line and reacts after that, there delay between action and reaction is enormous and completely ruins the experience – the player might not even remember what he did ten seconds ago that made the Voice so angry. That is completely unresponsive and will eventually fail, too
  • If the narrator stops his current line to react with “I have a particular set of skills…”, etc. – how he should continue his line after that? Start it from the beginning or keep talking as if nothing happened? The former can get annoying really fast, the latter will be confusing

Our current choice is to combine all of these tricks, depending on the level, phrase length, player actions, how important the line is, and so on. It’s a complex system, but so far it’s working. -ish.

Dude, Stop - Sutitles


FMOD


For audio related stuff our composer suggested that we use FMOD and after weeks and weeks of denial, anger, bargaining and depression, the Stockholm syndrome eventually kicked in and we finally accepted it. Turns out, it’s quite a good tool, especially for setting and controlling voice lines with all the interrupts, transitions, additional sound effects and all the other things we can imagine. Here’s how it looks for one level:

Dude, Stop - FMOD


Dude, Stop - FMOD 2


Two tracks on the bottom contain Voice Lines and Sounds (blue regions) while all the messy marks and triggers on the top are for us to manage narrator reaction to player actions depending on the line or on what was done. Now you can imagine why it takes so long to add.

Taking the job away from the Voice Actor


Look, we have a microphone!

Dude, Stop - Mic Photo


We decided it would be faster to record all the lines ourself, just so we have something for testing reasons. That's’ why the game is currently filled with screams with a weird accent and echo. That is also the reason we don’t have any voice samples for you. We know you’re eager to finally hear someone blabbering and cursing and screaming, etc., but we assure you – this temporary stuff is nothing to write home about. Just wait a little bit until the script is finished/approved and a Real Voice Actor starts doing his magic. B)

That’s all for now!


That’ll be all for this week. We’ll go back to work – screaming gibberish in the microphone, writing and rewriting the script five times a day, making weird noises with our armpits, crying ourselves to sleep every night, and promising that the game is actually Coming Soon…

Dude, Stop – We are on Steam Store!

Dude, Stop – We are on Steam Store!

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We finally managed to make a Steam Store page of our own, and now we are going to tell you why it’s such a big deal and show you exactly one gif.

Dude, Stop – Testing. Testing. Lawyers. Testing

Dude, Stop – Testing. Testing. Lawyers. Testing

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Playtesting the game, talking to lawyers, fixing bugs. Rinse and repeat. Fun times.

Dude, Stop – Feature Complete!

Dude, Stop – Feature Complete!

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The puzzles are done, and now it’s time for the infinite loop of play-fix-polish-play-fix-polish…

Dude, Stop – Font, localization and more!

Dude, Stop – Font, localization and more!

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We have finally created ourselves a font that supports multiple languages, so now we can move on to localization! Yaay! Also, level packs.

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Dude, Stop - Greenlight Demo

Dude, Stop - Greenlight Demo

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Demo is a improved version of the Ludum Dare entry. We added more puzzle, improved old ones and worked more on the UI.

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I really didn't know what to expect from this game. It initially looked whimsical so I though I would try it out. The fact that the object of the game is to be the biggest butt possible to an OCD AI is oddly satisfying. It really helps in releasing any pent up frustration lol so thanks for that. It did seem a little short though but I do realize that it is still under development. I will be looking for any more additions you make to the game. If you want to check out my gameplay video, you can do so here:

I'm 40% Rebel, Dude Stop: Youtu.be

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Thank you for your feedback, we really appreciate it! We're also glad you liked the demo version, because the full game will contain a lot more OCD nightmares and much more of "being a butt"!

And thank you for your video, Not-even-a-half-rebel.

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Looking forward to the release :)

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