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Dissecting Design -- The (In) Accessible Nature of Celeste

by Josh Bycer on 02/06/18 10:10:00 am

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For this week's Dissecting Design, we're focusing on the indie platformer Celeste. While many people will talk about how the assist mode makes Celeste more accessible, I think the game's design is more inaccessible to new players than one would realize, no matter how great the platforming is.

  • 0:00 -- Intro
  • 1:12 -- Basic Gameplay
  • 8:18 -- Assist Mode's Feature
  • 17:06 -- B-Side Changes
  • 20:17 -- Level Design Problems
  • 34:47 -- Subjective Difficulty Explanation
  • 44:50 -- Final Thoughts

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