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Video: connecting emotionally in PlayStation's Doki-Doki Universe

"I think characters actually touching each other, hugging, lifting, slapping, [and] poking is important for emotional impact," Greg Johnson explains in designing for emotional connectivity in Doki-Doki Universe.
"We wanted to touch on some sweeter emotions, the kind that make you tear up and smile at the same time, not what you usually find in the games biz."
In this free GDC Vault video from GDC Next 2013, HumaNature Studios' Greg Johnson (Starflight, ToeJam & Earl) discusses how this PS3, PS4, and PS Vita game's interactive story and world were crafted for emotional connectivity, in the talk "Doki-Doki Universe: Sweet, Simple and Genuine." Other GDC Next 10 talks already available for free include The Odd Gentlemen's Matt Korba on 'using Lego and literary genius to prototype Wayward Manor', Double Fine 'rethinking the adventure genre' for Broken Age, Team Dakota on Microsoft multiplatform MMO Project Spark and 'turning players into creators', Capy's Nathan Vella on Super Time Force and "turning game jam games into 'full' games", and SWERY on D4 and 'taking control of the Xbox One's Kinect.'

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In addition to this presentation, the GDC Vault offers numerous other free videos, audio recordings, and slides from many of the recent Game Developers Conference events, and the service offers even more members-only content for GDC Vault subscribers. Those who purchased All Access passes to recent events like GDC, GDC Europe, and GDC Next already have full access to GDC Vault, and interested parties can apply for the individual subscription via a GDC Vault subscription page. Group subscriptions are also available: game-related schools and development studios who sign up for GDC Vault Studio Subscriptions can receive access for their entire office or company by contacting staff via the GDC Vault group subscription page. Finally, current subscribers with access issues can contact GDC Vault technical support. Gamasutra and GDC are sibling organizations under parent UBM Tech

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