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Monday, February 11, 2002

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IMG Feature: The Making of Otto Matic
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Ever wonder how games are created? Brian Greenstone of Pangea Software has written an article for IMG on the making of Otto Matic, the company's latest game, which shipped late last year.

Here's a clip from the feature:

For as long as I can remember, I have always been a huge fan of the old 1930s / 1950s sci-fi movies. Watching those old shows on TV every Saturday morning while growing up made an impression on me, and it really helped to spark the creative side of my brain. In recent years the genre and style of those movies has made a reappearance in such movies as "Mars Attacks" and the TV show "Futurama."

The original game design for Otto Matic was called "They Came From Planet X," and it was much more of a direct homage to classic sci-fi than how the final game came out. Originally, the plan was to base each level on some classic sci-fi theme such as The Blob, Night of the Living Dead, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Attack of the 50 ft. Woman, etc. We were even going to make it look like the planets in the intro screens were being hung by a string!

If you're curious what goes into designing and creating games, be sure to check out the making of Otto Matic.

IMG: The Making of Otto Matic
IMG Preview: Otto Matic
Otto Matic
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MGF: Otto Matic Demo 1.0.2 (24.8 MB)

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