Touch interfaces are now commonplace in game dev — but is it possible to build a world players actually feel beneath their fingertips?
That’s exactly what Media Molecule tried to do with Tearaway: build a papercraft adventure game that you can hold in your hands, and interact with, in a uniquely tactile way on Playstation Vita.
At GDC 2013, Tearaway creative lead Rex Crowle described the challenges of designing and building a world that can flex, fold, tear and crumple under the fingertips of players. He also explained in detail how the team designed digital tools to allow the game world to be built so realistically that it can be spooled out of any printer and remade in real paper as players progress on that journey.
It was a great talk that’s still worth watching today, so don’t miss your opportunity to do so now that it’s freely available on the official GDC YouTube channel!
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