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The Case of the Missing Finger!

posted Nov 12, 2016, 2:38 PM by Mitchel Tatafu   [ updated Nov 12, 2016, 5:01 PM ]
Hello fellow Space Orangutans. It has been a while since our last update because I really wanted to hold off until we had some substantial screenshots of Gun Slave before we updated you all. However, there have been some interesting developments that I'd like to share before then.

First thing that you've missed is that I have partnered with an old friend of mine for the project. Eric Martin has been a programmer for something like twenty years. I probably should have asked him exactly how long its been before posting this but i'm feeling lazy right now. He is somewhat of a genius and extremely overqualified for the project in my opinion but i'm very thrilled that he wanted to join the team.

Team Sporangu Is
Artist: Solo Soda
Programmer: Ninjeric
Musician: Paul Composer

So last week I was trying to come up with an idea that would help to set our Gun Slave character apart from other FPS games characters. Because the thing you see most of your character is his/her hands, I decided I needed to do something a little different with the hands. I realized that the best way to do that would be to give the hands some kind of defect, or sentient parasitic growth. While talking it over with my wife she said something that changed the course of this game forever. When I told her that it could be something as simple as a missing finger she asked if it could be a fresh wound and with that one question my imagination exploded.

Now the player character will have a missing finger that is a fresh wound. The wound is corrupted by something that emits a red glow and the blood from the wound is slowly corrupting even the armor on the characters hand and forearm. The story that unfolds, the protagonist's motivations, the enemies the player faces and even the players abilities that they unlock are all centered around this strange injury.

And now we get to the reason that there is no concept art of this new wonderful idea. Just three days after my wife and I originally came up with this idea and only minutes after imagining what special abilities would come from this mysterious missing finger injury, I experienced a freak accident that severed part of my right middle finger. Halfway down the top section of the finger had been crushed against a 90 degree metal surface, severing most of the skin, completely ripping out the fingernail, and braking through the bone. The top half of that section of the finger was only hanging on by a small piece of skin. My injury seems small when compared to the almost entirely missing finger of the protagonist but the parallels between the concept and my injury and the timing between them are compelling to say the least. It is easy for me to get caught up in trying to figure out what that might mean and how unlikely the odds of that happening are. Once or twice, I've even wondered if I subconsciously made it happen in some twisted attempt to understand what the protagonist might be going through. These thoughts plague my mind almost nightly but I do actually relish in the fact that I can partially relate to such an injury. I am extremely excited to draw out the concepts but my finger is covered in a bulky splint that makes it nearly impossible to draw out the concepts, so new concept art of the protagonist's hands will have to wait a few weeks. That fact is more painful to me than the injury ever was.

(A less gruesome image of the injury as the fingernail is being put back in place over the majority of the laceration.)