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Largely inspired by the Sailor V arcade game in the show Sailor Moon, C’est La V allows
players to step into the role of Sailor V in her quest to save Tokyo. Battle trope-loved
monsters in this retro-inspired brawler and see if you can reach the end! Play it here!
Fitting in with the retro aesthetic, the game was developed using the Pico-8 virtual
console and was programmed using Lua.
Designed and developed as a part of a platform studies class with Professor Josh McCoy,
I led a group of 5 others through scrum-like development cycles during the process of
creating this game. It was my responsibility to develop the physics system, collision
detection system, and the player controller. As a part of our feedback loop, we conducted
play testing sessions with games researchers and peers alike--altering the game based on the
feedback received. I insured my team consistently met all deadlines, which allowed us to exhibit
the game at the UC Davis end of the year Cinema & Digital Media ceremony.
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RE:Search - A Campus Story is a 2D RPG, with a twist. Instead of fighting
monsters and saving princesses, you travel through time doing quests for historically
significant researchers. As the player travels through time, they learn more about the
significance of research and how it has shaped academia over the centuries. With
interesting cameos ranging from Alexander Pushkin to Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi,
the players experience a range of research topics outside of the preconceived lab-based
This game was created as a collaboration between the UC Davis Game Development & Arts
club and UC Davis faculty to help transform a professor's Introduction to Research class
into something more engaging and interactive.
Working on a small team, I've been able to have a hand in everything from programming to
design. My greatest involvements include a significant contribution to the overall design of
the game and it’s story, where I designed gameplay and quests around weekly learning objectives
by putting the player in unique situations to help reinforce topics beyond rote memorization.
Additionally, I created over 100 unique XML files containing over a thousand lines of NPC
dialogue, quest prompts, and scripted events. These XML files were written to implement the
functionality of the game’s dialogue systems. In order to make the world feel more alive, I
created a waypoint-based NPC movement functionality.
Using Unity to transform my designs into fun and playable levels, I spent a bulk of my time
designing quests, the story, and creating scripted gameplay events. The total gameplay amounts
to 4-5 hours of gameplay time. This game was released to all UC campuses in Spring 2018 and has
shown to have has a positive effect on student interest in the course.
The Yum Yum Project was designed as a collaborative effort between the UC Davis
department of Food Sciences and the department of Communication to develop a series
of minigames aimed toward 8-10 year old children. Comprised on 14 minigames in total,
each minigame strives to help the researchers involved better understand the influence
of digital media on a child's desire to eat vegetables. Through positive reinforcement
and image association, each minigame presents a unique situation in which players are
exposed to different methods of veggie-centric, food-positive influences.
My contributions to this project were largely in the design and prototyping phase for
each of the 14 minigames. Keeping the project’s young audience in mind, I ensured a
consistent and accessible design across all minigames by streamlining the number of
interactions the player could have at any given moment. As a fair approach was needed when
considering the varying proficiency of the users, I developed a difficulty level ranking
system to respond to the player’s win/loss record which ensured players experienced
challenging levels according to their skill level. Working closely with the project lead,
Dr. Narine Yegiyan, I helped develop the framework for using this project as a means of
collecting data to be used for future researchers.
Through hours of playtesting and a series of redesigns, the project creates a coherent
story that is enjoyable as well as being a valid tool for conducting research. Made with
Unity, launched mid 2018 for research uses.