Here’s how Crowfall is rewriting its hunger and food system to be more fun

    
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Hi my name is Bree, and I like to cook in video games and not in real life. The most recent Crowfall dev blog is right up my alley, then, as it focuses on food – and specifically, how hunger works in the game and how it’s being updated. Not The Hunger. That’s different. This is just normal ol’ hunger.

Every character essentially gets a UI tracker – ArtCraft calls it the chicken ticker – that charts how much food you’ve eaten and how much room you’ve still got for stuffing your face. It’s literally chicken legs. It’s pretty typical for survival games and even some MMOs. Up until now, one of the player’s many tasks was to make sure that drumstick bar never drops too low so that you’re starving or famished, but the devs apparently found that not particularly fun, so it’s getting a do-over.

“The goal of this system is to employ some survival elements and make the act of finding, creating and eating food meaningful – the closer you get to winter the harder it is to find food. Characters need to eat regularly and thus take a break from whatever activity they are currently doing, effectively breaking up gameplay to keep it engaging. We still like the survival element, but we want the challenge level to be fun rather than arduous. Although players should need to deal with hunger time-to-time, it doesn’t need to be something that is a constant drag on the play experience. […] So, say goodbye to the Famished and Starving states. Now, we just have one state, Hungry, and the chicken ticker is also more forgiving overall. You won’t feel the pangs of hunger until ⅔ of your chicken ticker is consumed, allowing you to stay out and fight or craft even longer without needing to stop to chow down. Food will still play a key role in your character’s ability to survive and thrive, and the inclusion of buffs in cooking recipes will remain an important resource.”

Anybody suddenly hungry for some tendies?

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Dean Greenhoe

When are game studios gonna catch up with the science. If you got meat on the bone you got food. It is liquid water that is needed to keep the life systems running. We need drink meters and then an occasional food warning popup for sustaining energy level. Just watch naked and afraid if you do not believe me.

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McGuffn

One of life’s mysteries is designing inherently unfun systems and then wondering why they aren’t fun.

Has anyone had fun from going hungry?

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lostkoss

Anyone ever have fun sitting and recovering mana?
Anyone ever have fun applying bandages over and over?
Anyone ever have fun just sitting in the back healing?
Anyone ever have fun applying poison to their blades over and over?
Anyone ever have fun wiping on the same Boss for 2 weeks?
Anyone ever have fun paying rent in a fictional digital city?

Games have systems. Systems are important. Crowfall is just trying to make all of the crafting equally important to game play.

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deekay_000

did they copy paste the hunger meter from minecraft?

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Кристалл Величия

( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) everything is Minecraft, my boi ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

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deekay_000

eh i feel like they vaguely updated the literal art assets from mc to 16 bit from 8bit so to say lol.

like that was my literal first thought there, is this a minecraft article? :D

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lostkoss

They stole much, much more from EVE than they did from Minecraft.

Didn’t everyone always say they wanted EVE in a fantasy setting?
Well, let Crowfall do it their way. If you don’t like it when it’s done, that is fine.

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deekay_000

i mean it’s a meme game. there’s literally nothing original about it. they basically did the design doc for backers on reddit as “x meme meats y pop culture/mmo thing”

but i wasn’t commenting on that at all. i was commenting on the fact that the art asset for the hunger meter looks literally like minecraft’s.

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lostkoss

Yeah, I’m not surprised. That’s all I meant. They stole a lot of ideas, but it’s an original blend.

They are trying to take the best parts of MMO’s and not end up with WOW. Kinda like Blizzard did when they did end up with WOW.

I wouldn’t be shocked to find out that that is just Alpha placeholder graphics anyway.