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Video: Capy Games' Super Time Force and the paradox of time travel

December 14, 2017 | By Emma Kidwell

Super Time Force features a central mechanic where players can manipulate time and create iterations of themselves in order to complete challenges. But what does it have to say about quantum entanglement? 

In this 2014 GDC session Capy Games' technical director Kenneth Yeung discusses the game design difficulties of time manipulation in Super Time Force, and how the team tackled the issue using science.

Yeung delves into the challenges of making a complicated, paradox-filled mess feel simple and fun, while providing the cons of time travel as a mechanic. How do designers avoid nullifying any challenge if players know what happens in the future?

Developers interested in learning about how the time travel paradox was solved (in games) can now go back and watch the talk completely free via the official GDC Vault YouTube channel!

About the GDC Vault

In addition to this presentation, the GDC Vault and YouTube channel offers numerous other free videos, audio recordings, and slides from many of the recent Game Developers Conference events, and the service offers even more members-only content for GDC Vault subscribers.

Those who purchased All Access passes to recent events like GDC, GDC Europe, and GDC Next already have full access to GDC Vault, and interested parties can apply for the individual subscription via a GDC Vault subscription page. Group subscriptions are also available: game-related schools and development studios who sign up for GDC Vault Studio Subscriptions can receive access for their entire office or company by contacting staff via the GDC Vault group subscription page. Finally, current subscribers with access issues can contact GDC Vault technical support.

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