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Let me introduce myself…

Hi, I’m Aiden and I love gaming. I am 22 and have had a passion for it for as long as I can remember. From watching my parents play Little Big Adventure and Halo when I was young; to solo playing game series from Assassin’s Creed to The Sims; then to sessions online with my friends and family on CS:GO, Diablo or Ark; and now I am making beautiful and exciting games myself.

I have a higher second class BA (Hons) Degree in Game Design and am currently studying my Masters Degree, specialising in UI Design.

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Industry Research

May28
For a recent essay, I was required to interview industry professionals to get some insights into the gaming industry. By contacting professional game designers, it allowed me to get an

Fantasy Sword HUD

May13
With an MA deadline approaching, I was going through my work and found a couple of HUD designs that I had forgotten to post. I decided to go online and

Dark Souls Inspired HUD

May13
With an MA deadline approaching, I was going through my work and found a couple of HUD designs that I had forgotten to post. I decided to go online and

Customisable Layouts Visualisation

May10
In my previous post, I came up with a concept in which players would have the ability to enter the options menu in their game and drag and drop interface

Customisable Layouts Concept

May10
After working on the Valheim UI, I realised that I made many creative decisions that were very different from the original design. Be these subjective or objective changes, there were

Valheim UI Redesign Summary

Apr08
I have finally finished my Valheim UI redesign! I really like how this one has turned out. As somebody who played this game a lot, I feel I have a

Silver Linings

This cartoon style game is a 2.5D platform game. To create the extra dimension, there is be a background, mid-ground and foreground along with a 3D character in order to give visual depth.

Story

The game about a dog called Smudge. Smudge wakes up in a cave, lost and unsure how she got there. Scared and alone, she must face her own fears and her inner demons to find her owner again. As she begins to explore the cave, she meets a spirit, Astra, who takes pity on her and vows to guide her home safely. Astra teaches Smudge to hone her senses in order to see beyond the physical world and help her to explore the environment around her. After focusing her sight and smell abilities, Smudge finds clues that lead her to the edge of the forest where she is reunited with her owner.

Idea Origins

I originally had the idea for my game after losing my dog, Smudge, to cancer back in March 2019. She was a part of my family since I was a child so to suddenly lose her felt awful, and anyone who has loved a pet understands the difficulty and grief in putting them down. I wanted to make a game that reflects this unconditional love between humans and dogs.

My first idea was to make a game where the player character was a dog who had just died. The dog would be between worlds and could not pass on to the afterlife without their owner. The player would have to explore the veil, completing puzzles and fighting enemies, until they were reunited with their owner who had eventually died of old age.

With only a year and only myself to complete this project, I decided I would need to simplify the idea far more in order to meet my deadline. Instead, I settled on a game that very literally shows a lost dog trying to find their owner again, this can also be a metaphor for death and potentially being reunited again one day but does not require the storytelling and scale of the previous idea.