• Working on Battlefield V Firestorm

    I’m currently working on the battle royale mode for Battlefield V: Firestorm. The mode will be available in march, but I can’t say much for now! However, you can watch a sneak peak at a “cool vehicle” we made, at the end of this trailer.

  • A Mario Level like Nintendo(es)

    This is my level for Super Mario World, made using the level editor Lunar Magic. My intention was to make a Mario level using the Nintendo level design philosophy. I’ve also wanted to have fun by making an fun and hard level for myself! This video got a commentary track that explains it all. It took around […]

  • How I ended up on stage at the EADC to talk about rapid prototyping

    Back in April 2014, I went to the EA Developper Conferences in Redwood shores and did a talk about how rapid prototpying using my horrible romantic french accent. The thing is that it mostly happened by accident! A few weeks before going there, we received an email asking if we wanted to share quickly an idea or opinion for […]

  • Be creative to test your ideas

    Being creative is about being wrong: how many times you had a great idea and it didn’t work out? This is just part of the creative process – a big mess that you just need to embrace. The problem is that is is tiring and expensive. Designers shouldn’t just throw ideas – everyone can do […]

The Crew

You should play bad games and try to understand what is wrong with them and what could be improve. Just like The Crew because there are some great takeways :

always choose quality rather than quantity; The Crew has 200 ideas but most of them have not been iterated and it’s too bad because there are some interesting ideas (the simple challenges in the open world, the map, the customization…);

make sure your world team is working with your handling team; the world of the Crew just isn’t fun to drive, and you can see that the team did try to recreate the US but without the handling in mind (90 degrees turn is just too hard for a racing game).

– create a light fiction rather than a simple story;  I’d rather play a racing game where I must become the champion than revenge my brother; think more Forza Horizon than the terrible Need For Speed movie;

let the game creates multiplayer events to play together rather than letting them sending invitations for multiplayer constantly; The Crew allows you to send invitations for every event but you end up playing alone most of the time; think Destiny’s public events;

 

Introducing “what we can learn from”

Over the past few years, I’ve learnt that playing games and having opinion about them is key: you should understand what it is good and bad about every game you can play.

So I decided to start writing “what we can learn from”: the goal is to share what I’ve learnt from the games I’ve been playing. It is not about telling you which game you should play because I generally believe you should play anything, good or bad.

Video editing

It’s important to be creative outside of what you do. That’s why, in my free time, I like to make simple montage : I take some videos (filming it or on youtube), then take them in a video editing software and try to make a video of it. I’ve added this section to show you some of those videos.

I believe that training your creativity outside of what you do is very important, especially if you work in games : by encountering new problems and seeing different things, it will give you more inspiration and make you more creative.

Iran

In 2013, my wife is Iranian so we took two weeks to visit her country. She made me discovered a country that is far less dangerous than what most people imagine. I had no problems visiting different cities from Iran, from Tehran to Isfahan, and learnt a lot from the Persian culture.

It was very interesting to talk to people there as they were explaining how it is difficult to live there with all the sanctions, laws and censorship. Most young people use big studies as a way to leave the country : I talked to some future doctors, architects, artists… and even some indie games developers !

I was shocked by how the censorship simply doesn’t work :
– it is illegal to buy and drink alcohol there, yet it is very easy to get some and people drink way more than in Europe
– most websites like facebook or Google are blocked, but yet everyone got a VPN access at home (even public administrations got their own facebook pages)

What I mostly take from this trip is that there is a big difference between what this country is and what people imagine by simply watching some random news about the middle east (most people confuse Iran and Iraq). And that is why travelling is so important : it is a great way to be more open minded.