ICO HD

Post arrived on Friday and out popped ICO HD from a parcel. I love this game and it looks even better now. I’m not sure its a good thing but I can’t help seeing useful educational metaphors and ideas in games – I don’t think it spoils the gameplay! I had forgotten that I had written some of my lecture slides on AI based around notions from ICO. I love the subtle hints that the game provides to the player in order to guide him/her through the game – the motion of the player character’s head (looking at where he should go) and the speech and motion of the companion character (providing guidance assistance). AI could be used with techniques like this to tailor experiences to individual players in a way that is thoroughly integral to the game.