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Contrast is Out Today on PS4, Free for PlayStation Plus Members

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36w ago - Compulsion Games Producer Derek Elliott announced that Contrast is out today on PS4, and is free for PlayStation Plus Members.

To quote: Contrast, our PS4 launch title, is out today. If you were born in the '70s (as I was), or have watched "Arrested Development," you'll know the song "The Final Countdown." It is cornily (Is that a word?) appropriate when your game is close to launch status.

It can pump you up and can also bring you back to all the good and bad that was the '80s. Much simpler times when two programmers would make all of the design, art, animation, sound, and code for a game. And back then, game design counted for something. Be damned you kids these days and your fancy save games and discs you don't have to blow on to play.

Games like Paperboy, Dig Dug, and - one of my personal favorites - Racing Destruction Set were profoundly fun because they were simple. But simple didn't mean easy. These games somehow got made because of a genuine fire to develop something new and have fun in a brand new industry.

The early Godfathers of video games were passionate because they accomplished something special, were published, and people responded to their creations.





Just as I suspect...
 

Compulsion Games: The Dark Inspirations of Contrast on PS4

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39w ago - Compulsion Games Community and PR Manager Sam Abbott shared details today on the dark inspirations of Contrast on PS4.

To quote: Why hello there, Playstation.Blog readers. We hope you're sitting comfortably. If you're not, please do - grab yourself a tumbler, take a load off.

Tonight, we're taking you way back to the 1920′s, to a time where jazz was king and the world was getting back on its feet after a devastating war. It was a world of class, depression, and the working stiff. A time where suits weren't just what you wore to a job interview, and evening dresses fit women like gloves.

Welcome, to Contrast. I want to ask you a quick question before we start: when you were a kid, did you ever wish you could become your shadow?





Contrast is... unique. Set in a film noir inspired "dreamscape," the world of Contrast is centered around a little girl named Didi. Didi lives alone with her mother, Kat - a cabaret singer at the biggest show in town. Her father abandoned the family a little while back, which left them in real trouble.

In Contrast, you play an imaginary friend, Dawn. We were inspired by Pan's Labyrinth, where the main character is a little girl who invents an imaginary friend...
 

Video: Contrast on PS4 / PlayStation 4: Is There Truth In the Shadows?

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59w ago - Compulsion Games developer Guillaume Provost shared a video today spotlighting Contrast on PS4 / PlayStation 4 dubbed Is There Truth In the Shadows below.

To quote: I can attest that some of what you're about to read is actually true, but how can a developer who has spent so much time hiding in the shadows be trusted to write a traditional blog post?

Indeed. He can't. But I digress. You want to know more about Contrast, and I want to shed light on a few topics of my own. Did you know that Contrast, in its initial concept, was set in a cyberpunk virtual world?

We thought that related well with the Film Noir and Burlesque eras, too. Have you heard tell of the international slumber party work week before Compulsion found an office? When we started working on the game, the team was spread out across four continents!

Being an indie game developer is no easy ride, but all those tuna-salad days have helped fuel something amazing - as we all clung to that early magical love affair with an idea so fascinating that it just HAD to become something special.

You see, at Compulsion, we have the benefit of a small but capable team. I'd call them talented, but they let the smallest compliments go to their heads. Have I told you about the overt and subtle themes found...
 
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