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'Moss': Design Before Sound


When Polyarc started showing the VR 'Moss' demo at trade shows and playtests something fascinating started happening: people fell in love with the game's protagonist, Quill. Some even cried with joy. This player experience emerged from the accumulation of subtle design choices aimed at reinforcing the player's bond with their tiny virtual reality companion. In this session, attendees will learn why compelling sound design starts with design and ends with sound. Using 'Moss' as a case study for this method, learn how player comfort, immersion, scale and mixed perspective, fluid character design, nostalgic narration, and emotional sound all supported the formation of an emotional bond with Quill.

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  • GDC 2019
  • Stephen Hodde
  • Polyarc
  • free content
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