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Independent Games Summit: Exploring The Unique Narrative Delivery of 'Observation'

Jon McKellan (Creative Director & Founder, No Code)

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Core+Summits Pass, Summits Pass, Independent Games Summit Pass - Get your pass now!

Topic: Independent Games

Format: Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: All

Writer/director Jon McKellan dives into how No Code made it possible to have a human player feel like an AI on board a space station in 2019's acclaimed Observation. Focusing on the game's narrative delivery, this talk dives into 'method UI' - interface elements that never break character - and how breaking user interface rules helped No Code tell an immersive relatable story in an unrelatable situation.


Attendees will see some experimental and rule-breaking examples on how to use the interface to emphasize your narrative, to contribute to the world you are building, and to pull the player deeper into character by engaging them in ways that defy traditional interface development.

Intended Audience

This talk is intended for anyone with an interest in narrative delivery methods, user interface design, and world building outside of the 3D environment itself. No prerequisite knowledge is necessary for this session.