Roll Your Own Braid

Posted by Jeff (3486 posts) -
Evie never runs out of that time-rewinding potion.
Ohmanohmanohman
. OK, so the PC version of Braid was released not too long ago to somewhat mixed reactions due to some technical issues. It sounds like Braid creator Jonathan Blow is on the case and at work on a new version of the game. But as I saw on Destructoid earlier tonight, it sounds like there's more to the PC version of Braid than meets the eye. This bit comes from Blow himself via the game's forum on Steam:
Yeah, after I get a new version out in a few days that fixes the problems some people are having, and when more people have played/finished the game, I am going to post some documentation for the editor. The way it works is you can make levels with the editor (up to a full game, potentially) and run that with -universe later... also a tool will be released that lets you take Photoshop files and import them into the game, if you want to put new graphics in your levels.
In later posts, he goes on to say that the editor will be capable of things that weren't found in the original game. So I'm sold... well, maybe I'll hold off and see what people create once the tools have been documented. Off the top of my head, here are some things I would like to see people create for use with Braid.
  • Back to the Future: A side-scrolling Marty McFly adventure in which you can rewind time and eliminate Biff is, like, obvious.
  • Out of this World: I'm not talking about the old rotoscoped game here. I'm talking about the TV show. Here, you'd obviously play as Evie and stop time at will to cause/cure various hijinks. And Burt Reynolds plays the voice of your alien father.
  • Soulja Boy: Well, certainly you saw this one coming from a mile away...

OK, there are three of the greatest ideas in the history of the world to get you started. So get your graph paper out and start thinking about how you will design levels based around these concepts, then get cracking, people! I want to play new levels, but I have zero ambition when it comes to designing and implementing levels myself!
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#1 Posted by Jeff (3486 posts) -
Evie never runs out of that time-rewinding potion.
Ohmanohmanohman
. OK, so the PC version of Braid was released not too long ago to somewhat mixed reactions due to some technical issues. It sounds like Braid creator Jonathan Blow is on the case and at work on a new version of the game. But as I saw on Destructoid earlier tonight, it sounds like there's more to the PC version of Braid than meets the eye. This bit comes from Blow himself via the game's forum on Steam:
Yeah, after I get a new version out in a few days that fixes the problems some people are having, and when more people have played/finished the game, I am going to post some documentation for the editor. The way it works is you can make levels with the editor (up to a full game, potentially) and run that with -universe later... also a tool will be released that lets you take Photoshop files and import them into the game, if you want to put new graphics in your levels.
In later posts, he goes on to say that the editor will be capable of things that weren't found in the original game. So I'm sold... well, maybe I'll hold off and see what people create once the tools have been documented. Off the top of my head, here are some things I would like to see people create for use with Braid.
  • Back to the Future: A side-scrolling Marty McFly adventure in which you can rewind time and eliminate Biff is, like, obvious.
  • Out of this World: I'm not talking about the old rotoscoped game here. I'm talking about the TV show. Here, you'd obviously play as Evie and stop time at will to cause/cure various hijinks. And Burt Reynolds plays the voice of your alien father.
  • Soulja Boy: Well, certainly you saw this one coming from a mile away...

OK, there are three of the greatest ideas in the history of the world to get you started. So get your graph paper out and start thinking about how you will design levels based around these concepts, then get cracking, people! I want to play new levels, but I have zero ambition when it comes to designing and implementing levels myself!
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#2 Posted by Crono (2655 posts) -

PC gamers usually complain that games come out later than the other platforms, well, this is why that rocks.

#3 Posted by LiquidPrince (15912 posts) -

So Braid is evolving into a smaller version of LBP?

#4 Posted by Delta_Ass (3276 posts) -

Now, I was always confused... was that really Evie's father inside the glowy alien crystal thingy, or was it just a communication device? And if so, where the hell was Alien Burt Reynolds? Goddamn deadbeat...

#5 Posted by Crono11 (1645 posts) -

Back to the Future HAS to be created, but don't forget to put Doc Brown getting shot up by some libyans in a Volkswagen bus, that part is key. 

#6 Posted by LeoMinor (261 posts) -

I own this for Xbox Live Arcade and will totally buy it again for PC if the editor works the way J. Blo says.

#7 Posted by CoolDrMoney (1978 posts) -

Wow, I might have to re-buy this game

#8 Posted by MeatSim (10834 posts) -

I can get even more time-rewinding potion that never runs out!

#9 Edited by Linkyshinks (9880 posts) -

So, it is good, and possibly worth buying even if you have played the original, I know I am tempted too.

This revelation of it being like a sort of, Little Braid Planet, sounds pretty neat, I would love messing around with that thing.

#10 Edited by Hamst3r (4481 posts) -
LiquidPrince So Braid is evolving into a smaller version of LBP?

No no, you have it all wrong. What you mean is; Braid is doing what pretty much all PC games do, which is come with level editors or at least an easy method to modify the game files.  This isn't anything new on the PC platform.
#11 Posted by Slunks (329 posts) -

I am actually really, really shocked that he has included a level editor; It seemed like it wasn't his bag. What a huge potential this just opened up!

#13 Posted by Diamond (8634 posts) -

I hear the editor is insanely complicated though.  I guess we'll see if anything comes of it down the road.

#14 Posted by Geno (6477 posts) -

Awesome.

#15 Posted by theMcNasty (741 posts) -

Your Back to the Future idea is so brilliant!  I'd play that in a heartbeat.

#16 Posted by FlipperDesert (2083 posts) -

Okay, this has sold me on PC Braid.

Soulja Boy, you ain't never gonna run outta that time-rewinding potion!

#17 Edited by SpaceInsomniac (3662 posts) -
"Out of this World: I'm not talking about the old rotoscoped game here. I'm talking about the TV show. Here, you'd obviously play as Evie and stop time at will to cause/cure various hijinks. And Burt Reynolds plays the voice of your alien father."

Oh, holy crap, I completely forgot that this existed!  I used to love this show when I was a kid.  I just now got back from you tube where I viewed the intro with my mouth agape.  It's like you just reminded me of a lost memory that I had suppressed for reasons unknown.  Uh, thanks for that, I guess.  Wow.

Again, wow: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VafQtxQgtOo
#18 Posted by Nettacki (1317 posts) -

Wonder how long it'll take for someone to make a Prince of Persia: Sands of Time level?

wink, wink

#19 Posted by Jensonb (1742 posts) -

I'd buy the PC Braid JUST for the Back to the Future Mod.

#20 Posted by Vigorousjammer (2494 posts) -

DUDE! it's like LittleBigPlanet for the PC!!!

#21 Posted by PenguinDust (12493 posts) -

After reading the above article, I think I've become more obsessed with "Out of this World".  I don't remember that show at all, and I saw every episode of Herman's Head, Parker Lewis Can't Lose and My Two Dads, so I was open to crap TV in the '90s...

#22 Posted by ArbitraryWater (11630 posts) -

Maybe I can make a level of Braid that I can actually finish without being super frustrated.

#23 Posted by John (828 posts) -

Photoshop powers are GO!

#24 Posted by chililili (1328 posts) -

Braid is very overrated, just played it (I managed to never read spoilers), and the ending was cool buw WAY too overrated

#25 Posted by Livlig (16 posts) -

Well, this settles it. I'll buy Braid again.

#26 Posted by TwoOneFive (9459 posts) -

hmm well all i know is Media Molecule is hard at work on a sick sequel to LBP, its goin to be awesome. 

#27 Posted by Tw1sted (48 posts) -

I tried the level editor. 
What I managed to do was create a huge black canvas with nothing on it. 

I tried creating a cloud, but the graphic wouldn't show up and there was nothing there to click.

I'm really into creating my own levels. I loved Warcraft III's World Editor. I made a bunch of LPB maps, but this editor was so user-unfriendly that it just scared me. I tried for like 10 seconds before I gave up.

Loved the game though. Played through it twice in a day! 
#28 Posted by dsplayer1010 (2227 posts) -

Looks like I'm buying this version instead.

#29 Posted by Media_Master (3283 posts) -

still haven't bought Braid yet

#30 Edited by Jimbo (9800 posts) -

Imagine a mod where you can run out of Going Back In Time Potion! Oh man I would drink and get drunker and smoke weed and get higher! Woooooooooooooooop! Ohhhhh!

Woooooooop!

#31 Posted by mracoon (4967 posts) -

I wouldn't want to make any levels myself but I'd love to see what other people can do and we're bound to have some good levels.

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#32 Posted by Al3xand3r (7574 posts) -

You can also buy Aquaria and make your own levels there too.

#33 Posted by SJSchmidt93 (4894 posts) -

Yea.... so, I checked it out, and the editor is OMG complicated. It's not like LBP.... at all.

#34 Posted by gam3r3OOO (64 posts) -

"DUDE! it's like LittleBigPlanet for the PC!!!"
Seriously, this is fucking awesome. : )
Strange new time manipulation levels await....

#35 Posted by TheGreatGuero (9130 posts) -

Wouldn't we actually tie our own braid? Maybe that wouldn't make any more sense. Braiding your own braid just doesn't sound hip. Whatever. Point is: save your rolling for the katamaris. Or is it katamarii? Or just the katamari? I'm as stumped here as I was when I played that game. TELL "EM!

#36 Posted by Dan_CiTi (3261 posts) -
LiquidPrince said:
"So Braid is evolving into a smaller version of LBP?"
I don't think comparing the games is fair. LBP is primarily a platformer with a robust level editing set that really teaches you how things work and blah blah blah Stephen Fry.

Braid is a puzzle game that uses the mechanics of platforming for solving puzzles. This level editor is more basic, and definitely not as easy to use.
#37 Posted by PercyChuggs (1087 posts) -

All this Braid talk makes me want to go listen to Age of Octeen.

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