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Don't Juice It or Lose It


Indies have to wear many hats, including artist and art director. The past few years, these hats have been painted with a brush dipped in what is now known as "juice," or polish. But hats aren't just ornamental, they have a function. Gradients on limited palettes, dust clouds kicked up in places where there is no dust, bouncy tweens on hard rocks -- through the idea that adding polish makes a game feel more alive, we're actually losing a level of immersion. There has been such a tremendous focus on putting eye candy in our games that the context doesn't get considered.

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