Warning: 2D Shooters Approaching

It’s a weird Friday. I somehow didn’t manage to prepare a proper post. So I thought I share with you this wonderful collection of videos. Let’s start with this amazing 30 minute French documentary about 2D shooters.

Recently, I was teaching a class of students at AIB in Bonn again. One of the students group made an excellent presentation on 2D shooters. It’s good to see how many important points are reflected in this documentary.

On the other hand, the Documentary manages to expose deeper layers of the topic by going into the companies, interviewing developers and connoisseurs of the genre. It’s rare to be able to get a peek into such a very specific niche.

By the way, this made me think of Ikaruga and it’s awesomeness. I recently noticed a game called Outland. It’s bascially the black/white mechanic of Ikaruga combined with a platformer. Looks like something up my alley.

But the game I’m REALLY looking forward to is the 2D Shooter Jamestown. I met some of the developers at GDC (I think) and they have a wonderfully informative and insightful blog. I found their articles quite useful in class. As for the game – they had me at “Mars:.

Krystian Majewski

Krystian Majewski was born in Warsaw and studied design at Köln International School of Design. Before, he was working on a mid-size console project for NEON Studios in Frankfurt. He helped establish a Master course in Game Design and Research at the Cologne Game Lab. Today he teaches Game Design at various institutions and develops independent games.

One response to “Warning: 2D Shooters Approaching”

  1. sirleto

    cool crap! thanks for posting ;)


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