Bringing the RTS to Console: One Button to Rule them All – The Narrative Design Exploratorium™

Bringing the RTS to Console: One Button to Rule them All

One button to rule them all indeed, although Louis Castle’s GDC 2006 talk on
bringing the RTS genre to the console was at the end of the day on
Friday, the last day of the conference, it was packed.

proposition has me very excited. My first exposure to the RTS genre was
a console experience, playing Dune II on the Sega Genesis. Bringing it
back would be very powerful, but as Louis was apt to point out, it has
yet to be done right.

You cannot just port the PC experience
to a console, as Mr. Castle pointed out most simply, a mouse and
keyboard control schema just doesn’t translate to a console controller.
In order to be successful in reviving this genre on the console you
need to rethink the experience.

Having played the Pre-Alpha
build briefly, when Louis was so kind as to share it with our RTS class
@ USC, I have to say the controls work wonderfully, and the world feels
more rich then it ever did on a typical PC.

Although this was
the second time I sat through this presentation, I found it
invigorating, and I believe the rest of the audience did as well.

0 TrackBacks

Listed below are links to blogs that reference this entry: Bringing the RTS to Console: One Button to Rule them All.

TrackBack URL for this entry:

Leave a comment

The Narrative Design Exploratorium

↑ Grab this Headline Animator


The Narrative Design Exploratorium proudly serves readers in more than 70 countries!

Recent Works

A brief demo reel.

About this NDE Article

This page contains a single article by Stephen E. Dinehart published on March 27, 2006 10:57 AM.

Next-gen storytellers was the previous entry in this blog.

RTS as Database Narrative is the next entry in this blog.

Welcome to the Narrative Design Exploratorium. Please feel free to browse and comment.

Author Stephen E. Dinehart is a producer, designer, writer, and artist. You can find out more about him on his self-titled website.

Find recent articles on the main index or look in the archives to find all articles.

Copyright Conditions


Technorati search

» Blogs that link here

Add to Technorati Favorites
View Technorati “blog authority”