GDC Conference 2001: “Oddfellows: Character Design the Oddworld Way”

Panel held by Chris Ulm, Farzad Varahramyan and Paul O'Connor at GDC 2001.

Date: 23/03/2001

Official Description: Abe, his sadistic Slig tormenters, and the slick Glukkon businessmen of the Oddworld game series have become worldwide game icons, appearing on dozens of magazine covers, in a music video, and in a short theatrical film. Abe and the other inhabitants weren't created by accident; they resulted from a painstaking process that defined every aspect of their look, behavior, and in-game function. This panel examines the Oddworld character design process, from initial conception to finished creation. What does it take to elevate a game character from simple player avatar to a multidimensional, empathic individual inspiring a fan following transcending the game itself? This presentation shows examples from past games and provides a glimpse at what Oddworld is creating for their next game: Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee.

Sources: http://web.archive.org/web/20010412164141/http://cmp.bluedot.com/re/attendee/sessionViewer/gdcEventViewer.esp?presentationIds=36539839&searchResults=true&lastChoice=search http://oddworldlibrary.net/wiki/Oddfellows

Description: The PowerPoint slides from the panel.

Source: http://oddworldlibrary.net/archives/scriptures/miscellaneous/Oddfellows%20-%20Character%20design%20the%20Oddworld%20way.ppt

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