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Independent Games Summit: Unpacking a Narrative Through 1,000 Household Items


Unpacking tells a compelling story of one woman's journey through life through a simple mechanic: taking items out of boxes and finding a place for them to go. With no visible characters, no voice-over and barely any text, this unassuming puzzle game has managed to move many to tears. Through the process of handling every item, players discover a story of passions, heartbreak, friendships, career challenges and more.nnIn this talk, Unpacking creators Wren and Tim will cover how the story developed with the mechanics, the level that nearly didn't exist, how we made everyone hate a guy for having too much wall decoration, and the narrative techniques and tricks we used to tell a story with a little over 1000 different household items.

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