Creativity in games

Yesterday evening I was over at Hull University giving a talk to the local section of the British Computer Society entitled, Games – the Creative and the Technical. Basically, I looked at how the technology of tools and modern game engines allows developers to unleash their creativity.

One of the great things about the games industry is that we have such a wide variety of excellent games to match all kinds of tastes, from Hotel Dusk on the DS to Bioshock to Peggle to the wondefully artistice delight of Braid released recently on XBox Live Arcade.

But what I think epitomises the whole notion of creativity in games is something I discovered this morning (and now wish I’d seen yesterday to include it in the talk). Crayon Physics Deluxe is a delight, judging by the short video on the website. What a great idea and so brilliantly executed.

The art style perfectly matches what it is meant to represent and complements the game’s design wonderfully well. I can’t wait to try it out for myself.