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Session Name: Super Time Force: Solving the Time Travel Paradox
Speaker(s): Kenneth Yeung
Company Name(s): Capy Games
Track / Format: Independent Games Summit

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Overview: Super Time Force, a seemingly simple 2D shooter, tackles several unusual design challenges that are both familiar and yet paradoxical by nature. From the simple time-bending game mechanics emerge many parallels to the problems and questions of time travel and quantum physics. How is it possible to create self-consistent scenarios when the past can constantly change? Can causality be violated under a many-worlds interpretation of time? If a butterfly flaps its wings in a forest will robots become sentient and destroy humanity? This talk gives a first-hand look into how Super Time Force uses concepts from quantum mechanics to tackle the video game time paradox problem.

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Kenneth Yeung

Capy Games

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