88888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888 8888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888 88888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888 88888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888

Galactic-Cafe

Menu
 

Introducing: The Stanley Parable Helpful Development Showcase!



The Stanley Parable Helpful Development Showcase is our way of connecting you to the development of The Stanley Parable by giving you a small look at what’s been going on behind the scenes. Each week we’ll give you a tiny peek into what it takes to make a game like The Stanley Parable, the creative challenges we come up against in the course of development, and how to not judge yourself as a person for the quality of choices you’ve made in your own life. These are just a few of the topics we’ll cover in this incredibly useful blog series.

This week: Creating doors that don’t kill the player

Though doors are generally recognized as being the cornerstone that holds modern society together, what many people don’t realize is that the same principle holds true in video games. The Stanley Parable employs over a thousand doors (one thousand and two, specifically) and if a single one is not functioning properly it threatens the integrity of the entire game. That’s why we’re making sure to go through and test each door thoroughly before shipping it in the final game.

Today I’d like to walk you through the process of inspecting doors to make sure they don’t murder the player for sport.

Here’s an example of a door from The Stanley Parable, as seen in the Hammer level editor, which is being used to create the game:

At first it looks just like any door in any game ever.

Oh!

you say,

everything appears to be perfectly in order! A 100% functional door! No need to do any sort of testing or inspection or further investigation of this door in any capacity, however small!

Oh little fox, how ignorant you are of the world. Let’s run this game and find out what would actually happen if someone were to play it.

Here’s the player just walking along. Doot da doo, just gonna go right through this door, that’s what I’m doing…

Just gonna go right onto the other side of – BAM!!

You see? Now do you see how wrong you were? About the door?

Oh my god, I didn’t know –

Shh. I don’t need your excuses. I need solutions. Let’s look at how we can fix this horrible problem that you would have ushered unto the world if you were in charge.

First we’ll open up the level editor. There’s the door! Hello!

Great, so far so good. Now we’ll double click on it to open up its parameters.

Aha! Here’s the problem!

You see? Its morality is set to “fuck humans.” With a setting like that you can expect a relatively low likelihood of this door treating humans like the clean, civilized, respectable creatures that they are. Why don’t we adjust this setting to something less unnecessarily hostile?

Much better! Crisis averted. Now comes the task of going through and adjusting this setting individually for each of the thousands of doors (4,258 specifically) throughout The Stanley Parable. It’s grueling work, but if we’re not careful it’s easy to overlook some game-breaking gaffs, like the setting on this door that almost passed under our radar earlier this week:

This door is a door. It is not a frog. Fool me once, as they say.

In the end, game design is about the details. If you’re not applying that razor-sharp attention you run the risk of your game being rude, demoralizing, or racist toward your players. That’s not the kind of game we make, that’s a very different kind of game, made by very different kinds of people. I don’t want to talk about them. You weren’t implying we’re like them, were you?

No, honestly, I never –

Save it. You had your chance and you blew it. That ship has sailed.

Oh my god, please let me out of –

Shhhhhh.

February 6, 2013 by Davey 36 comments

36 comments. Add yours!

  1. Harry 2 years ago Reply

    I wonder how a door would define its morality. Probably through some chair-based system.

  2. Alphadin 2 years ago Reply

    I know this is not how it works but gives me a great laugh nonetheless!

  3. Kirby 2 years ago Reply

    I dunno. That door looks an awful lot like a frog to me.

  4. Sergiovan 2 years ago Reply

    What I CAN see is that both those doors are unhealthy…

  5. Code Monkey 2 years ago Reply

    I’m really looking forwards to the next one, this was great!

  6. DrTouchUrSon 2 years ago Reply

    Ahaha, i love your guys’ humor, you guys are great keep up the good work

  7. Yurtex 2 years ago Reply

    I wonder what problems you run into, when you do the lighting. Is your cubemaps are cubes?

  8. This post was linked to from

    Links for February 8, 2013 | Andrzej's Links

  9. Andrew 2 years ago Reply

    This was very funny.
    I too look forward to future installments.
    It’s much better than knowing nothing and waiting (Valve style!).

  10. Jack Parsons 2 years ago Reply

    HI ITS HIYOUGAMI WITH BASIC EVERYTHING BAAAAASIC EVERRYTHING

  11. Yelnats 2 years ago Reply

    So are there 1002 or 4258 doors in the game?
    Or did this discrepancy originate from rounding the number?

  12. BeneathaSteelSky 2 years ago Reply

    It’s a gay door, it gave me it’s key and number when I went through ;>)

  13. In order to work 50 weeks a year, you’re going to have to work
    30 weeks; in order to work 30 weeks, you’ll likely have to work 10.

    It is an industry norm that you offer a hotel room for the comedian at the same time.

    He hosted Comedy Central’s’The Man Show’ as well as the ubiquitous pseudo-porn for the sexually crippled, ‘Girls Gone Wild’, both
    solely and shamelessly for financial gain.

  14. robin dimiceli 2 months ago Reply

    I am so happy to read this. This is the kind of manual that needs to be given and not the random misinformation thats at the other blogs. Appreciate your sharing this.

  15. peter anjos 1 month ago Reply

    Homes today have all sorts of electronic devices requiring internet access such as smart-phones, tablets, computers, printers, security systems, smart-TVs, and even smart-refrigerators!

  16. This is very interesting, Youre a very skilled blogger. I have joined your feed and look forward to seeking more of your magnificent post. Also, I have shared your website in my social networks!

  17. the talaton group 1 month ago Reply

    Hello there, just became aware of your blog through Google, and found that its truly informative. I am going to watch out for brussels. Ill appreciate if you continue this in future. Lots of people will be benefited from your writing. Cheers!

  18. I precisely desired to appreciate you again. I am not sure the things that I wouldve made to happen in the absence of the type of ideas documented by you over such a field. It truly was a real scary condition for me, but coming across a professional fashion you processed it made me to leap for contentment. I am just happier for the support and then wish you really know what a powerful job you happen to be undertaking instructing the others by way of your websites. Probably you havent got to know any of us.

  19. Ive been exploring for a little bit for any high-quality articles or weblog posts in this kind of area . Exploring in Yahoo I finally stumbled upon this site. Studying this info So i am happy to express that Ive a very excellent uncanny feeling I found out exactly what I needed. I such a lot no doubt will make certain to do not disregard this site and provides it a glance on a relentless basis.

  20. We dont just take a back seat we help you all the way through the process of either getting your internet business off the ground or helping you expand an existing one and we do so at an affordable price.

  21. peter taulli 4 weeks ago Reply

    Hello there, just became aware of your blog through Google, and found that its truly informative. I am going to watch out for brussels. Ill appreciate if you continue this in future. Lots of people will be benefited from your writing. Cheers!

  22. imperial advance 4 weeks ago Reply

    I like this web blog very much, Its a rattling nice office to read and receive information. Practice, the master of all things. by Augustus Octavius.

  23. This is very interesting, Youre a very skilled blogger. I have joined your feed and look forward to seeking more of your magnificent post. Also, I have shared your website in my social networks!

  24. Hello there, just became aware of your blog through Google, and found that its truly informative. I am going to watch out for brussels. Ill appreciate if you continue this in future. Lots of people will be benefited from your writing. Cheers!

  25. victor spano 3 weeks ago Reply

    Ive been exploring for a little bit for any high-quality articles or weblog posts in this kind of area . Exploring in Yahoo I finally stumbled upon this site. Studying this info So i am happy to express that Ive a very excellent uncanny feeling I found out exactly what I needed. I such a lot no doubt will make certain to do not disregard this site and provides it a glance on a relentless basis.

  26. lloyd segal 3 weeks ago Reply

    Hi! I simply wish to give you a big thumbs up for your excellent info youve got right here on this post. I am returning to your blog for more soon.

  27. robin dimiceli 3 weeks ago Reply

    We have 20+ years experience in the IT industry especially eCommerce. We believe in building long-term relationships and making certain that our clients succeed in all their goals because their success is our success.

  28. Scott Leiken 3 weeks ago Reply

    Ive been exploring for a little bit for any high-quality articles or weblog posts in this kind of area . Exploring in Yahoo I finally stumbled upon this site. Studying this info So i am happy to express that Ive a very excellent uncanny feeling I found out exactly what I needed. I such a lot no doubt will make certain to do not disregard this site and provides it a glance on a relentless basis.

  29. herb trotter 2 weeks ago Reply

    We have 20+ years experience in the IT industry especially eCommerce. We believe in building long-term relationships and making certain that our clients succeed in all their goals because their success is our success.

  30. With havin so much content do you ever run into any problems of plagorism or copyright infringement?
    My blog has a lot of exclusive content I’ve either written myself or outsourced but it seems
    a lot of it is popping it up all over the web without my authorization. Do you know any ways to help protect against
    content from being stolen? I’d truly appreciate it.

  31. Lloyd Segal 2 weeks ago Reply

    Hello there, just became aware of your blog through Google, and found that its truly informative. I am going to watch out for brussels. Ill appreciate if you continue this in future. Lots of people will be benefited from your writing. Cheers!

  32. This is very interesting, Youre a very skilled blogger. I have joined your feed and look forward to seeking more of your magnificent post. Also, I have shared your website in my social networks!

  33. Jarone Ashkenazi 2 weeks ago Reply

    I like this web blog very much, Its a rattling nice office to read and receive information. Practice, the master of all things. by Augustus Octavius.

  34. Im definitely enjoying the information. Im book-marking and will be tweeting this to my followers! Outstanding blog and fantastic design.

  35. We have 20+ years experience in the IT industry especially eCommerce. We believe in building long-term relationships and making certain that our clients succeed in all their goals because their success is our success.

  36. Jarone Ashkenazi 2 days ago Reply

    Im definitely enjoying the information. Im book-marking and will be tweeting this to my followers! Outstanding blog and fantastic design.

Leave a Reply