Hey there, hi there, ho there Shakers!
Some of you might recall early last year my writing about a new adventure game titled Life Flashes By, by indie game developer Deirdra Kiai. The really cool thing about how Deirdra approaches her games is her refusal to conform to "dudebro" game development.
In her first posted comment on Shakesville, Deirdra wrote:
I find myself writing the games I want to write in whatever spare time I have -- games with strong characters, personally meaningful themes, accessible interfaces, and an all-around focus on good storytelling
While there may be times and places where I find myself simply wanting to veg with a mindless action game, I have always loved and appreciated games that can draw me in with a great story. I suppose my love of the sci-fi/fantasy genre has contributed. If I can truly immerse myself within a game's story line and character development the same way I can with a favorite book, then in my mind the game has succeeded. When Deirdra was gracious enough to let me voice a couple of characters in LFB, I really appreciated the depth of the script while going through my parts, and even more so when playing through the finished product.
The industry needs more games like these.
And that is what brings us to Dominique Pamplemousse (if you don't love that name, I don't want to know you). Deirdra has already started development on her new game, Dominique Pamplemousse in "It’s All Over Once the Fat Lady Sings!" Not content to rest on her previous animation laurels, Deirdra is taking on stop-motion animation and musicals! However, Deirdra won't be able to realize this vision without some help in the funding department.
So, I ask my fellow Shakers to please consider helping out Deirdra by visiting her project page and throwing some copper in the till, as it were.
Sometimes, Melissa posts a question asking if Shakesville was a movie, which actor would portray you. Well, I feel that if Shakesville was a game, Deirdra would be the developer.