Find out how you helped developer The Bearded Ladies Consulting create a brand new PlayStation Store minis title via Gamocracy.
The PlayStation Community teams and Swedish developer The Bearded Ladies Consulting challenged you to help them create a game - and you delivered in stunning style. Gamocracy was an eight week call out to budding game creators all over Europe, including Australia and New Zealand, where your ideas helped shape a new minis title. The resulting game was developed by The Bearded Ladies, to be sold on PlayStation Store in June 2011.
Hundreds of creative gamers flooded the official PlayStation Forums each week with their text and graphic based concepts for narrative, characters and level design. The top submissions were then put to a public vote on The Bearded Ladies Facebook page, with the winning entries included in the game.
The result of all this hard work? Gamocracy One: Legend of Robot, a fantastic looking platform adventure featuring H-7 - a plucky android ready to save humanity with the help of its detachable head and trusty magnet.
How did all your ideas come together to create Legend of Robot? Take a look through our round-up of the game's creation.
Week one: A hero arises
The first challenge was to craft a main character, story and setting appropriate to a platform game. PlayStation Network community member TheSpartaGhost was the winner with H-7 Adventure, introducing the character of H-7, an android who rebels against its alien masters during an invasion of Earth.
The Bearded Ladies loved the idea of an android which used its head as a platform, along with the ability to replace H-7's hands with special weapons.
Week two: Love your environment
Challenge two was all about picking a set of environments for H-7's adventures. The Bearded Ladies demanded diversity and anything which worked well with the story created by previous winner TheSpartaGhost.
PSN community member tifil emerged victorious with a series of locations ranging from the skyscrapers of Los Angeles to a high-speed train in Japan - as well as a potential method for how H-7 defeats the alien threat...
Week three: A robot gets its mechanics
With the hero, story and environment all set, great gameplay was next on the list. This challenge tasked players to create the tools of destruction under H-7's command. In the end, Echelon_Z's upgradeable magnet hand idea won the vote. Useful for defeating enemies, crossing platforms and puzzle solving, the magnet hand was the perfect addition to our hero's arsenal.
Kalle Söderberg, character animator for The Bearded Ladies, was especially impressed with how H-7 had developed from all of these ideas over several short weeks: "H-7 was really fun to work on and it was great to see how the community developed its abilities and the world around it."
Week four: Know your enemy
A good hero is defined by its villains and H-7 was soon given a gallery of baddies to test its mettle. User mushroom177 took the plaudits for a wonderful range of enemies and deadly assaults. One particular favourite of The Bearded Ladies was an attack which glues H-7's head to its body, preventing our hero from using one of its main abilities. Very inventive.
Week five: Like a boss
For the second week running mushroom177 was the star of the show with an idea which was voted the most popular boss baddie for the game. A superb multiphase design wowed The Bearded Ladies, as mushroom177's boss featured a tail magnet and super gun as obstacles for H-7 to overcome.
Week six: All in the name
The gameplay was set, so a name was needed to bring it all together. While many suggestions were offered, Gamocracy One: Legend of Robot was the winning contribution by Daemondd1234. And so a new and unique gaming star was born...
Week seven: Leaving your mark
Legend of Robot was entering its final stages of development, leaving The Bearded Ladies to make tweaks, such as adding an arm cannon to H-7's arsenal and increasing the game's range of enemies. With that all confirmed, the challenge for week seven consisted of designing artwork to fill the various backdrops around the game's levels. Lots of winning entries were chosen, so you'll have to play Legend of Robot to discover them all...
Week eight: The pitch
With Legend of Robot nearly ready, The Bearded Ladies offered one last challenge to the PlayStation Community - to write a PlayStation Store description of the game for when it goes on sale. Lots of game footage was unleashed to show how far Legend of Robot had come during this incredible journey.
Challenging and entertaining, Gamocracy proved to be a hit with both the PlayStation Community and The Bearded Ladies. "Even after 10 weeks of excruciating crunch Gamocracy is still the most fun project I have been part of," says David Skarin, co-founder and programmer. "The contributions have been well above our expectations and the final game is much better than we would ever have dreamed of. Thanks to all the great people who got involved!"
"It has been an amazing project and I am very proud of the work from all parties," agrees Marque Pierre Søndergaard, European development account manager at Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. "It makes you marvel at what an amazing community of players we are fortunate to serve."
Gamocracy One: Legend of Robot doesn't end here. Expect plenty more inside information on the game you helped create, right here at playstation.co.nz. And don't forget to check out H-7's adventures when the minis title launches in June 2011 on PlayStation Store.
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