Posts Tagged ‘tom jubert’

Logic Noir: Ir/rational Investigator

By John Walker on April 3rd, 2013.

Tom Jubert, game writer on projects like FTL, Penumbra, Driver: San Francisco and many others, has previously impressed us with his self-developed Ir/rational games. Formed from his love of philosophy, and a desire to spread the concepts of clear thinking, the logical deduction game mixes straight thinking with smart writing, and just enough humour. The good news is there’s to be a sequel, Ir/rational Investigator, heading to PC if only it can be rescued from the needless wasteland of the awful Greenlight.

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Techno-Logic: ir/rational Redux

By Adam Smith on July 9th, 2012.

From the writer of Penumbra

A man is trapped in a room with a machine playing a browser game about a man trapped in a room with a machine. The first man, the one who actually exists, then notices that another man wrote about the same game, ir/rational, nearly three years ago. He continues to write about it anyway because it contains nifty logic puzzles, darkly amusing writing from Penumbra scribe Tom Jubert and has been reduxed so hard it looks and sounds brand new. Go try it.

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Telling Tales: The Art Of Game Stories In 2011

By Lewis Denby on October 5th, 2011.


Videogame storytelling is evolving, and the past few years have seen some fresh approaches to spinning the interactive yarn. Lewis Denby, on a mission to find out a little more about what stories mean to modern games, spoke to Splash Damage’s Ed Stern, who created the huge backstory for Brink, and script writer Tom Jubert, most famous for his work on Penumbra, to find out how we’re telling tales in this modern gaming age.
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Tom Jubert Talks Projects, Plots, Penumbra

By Lewis Denby on July 22nd, 2010.


At the Develop Conference in Brighton last week, I had the opportunity to sit down for a beer and a chat with Tom Jubert, perhaps most famous for writing the excellent horror adventure series Penumbra. They’re dark and sinister games whose writing, and the structure of their storytelling, were often their strongest asset. Read on for Tom’s thoughts on the writing process, tales of game design tribulations, and his involvement in a major new title.
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ir/rational: Are You Human?

By Alec Meer on December 15th, 2009.

Alternate post title: Conumdra. For this is a short semi-text adventure from Tom Jubert, who’s best known for writing the Penumbra series of heavily bephysicsed action-puzzlers. Apparently ir/rational began life as minigame for inclusion in one of the Penumbras, but now find itself standalone.

It is a free videogame.
Therefore you will play it.
It tests your logic and deductive reasoning.
Therefore you may be too lazy to play it.

But you should.
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RPS Interview: Penumbra’s Tom Jubert

By John Walker on July 21st, 2008.

It's still fun to bang the lamp back and forth and watch the shadows change.

Tom Jubert is the lead writer on the Penumbra series of games. After Frictional released the tech demo of their remarkable 3D engine, it became clear that creating a fully-fleshed game was the smart move. To do this well, they’d need to plug a weakness: the narrative. So London-based Jubert was brought on board to work alongside the Swedish developers, and the result was Penumbra: Overture. This was originally intended to be the first of a trilogy, which was then shrunk to a two-parter after difficulties discussed below, with the narrative completed in Penumbra: Black Plague. Now, somewhat confusingly, there is to be a third part – Penumbra Requiem – although we’re told it’s not a sequel, but rather an expansion of Black Plague.

In our chat with Tom Jubert, he explains the collaborative process of taking an amateur tech demo into the professional market, the role of fear in games, which publishers we should be slapping, and some juicy tid-bits about the nature of Penumbra: Requiem’s unique design, further taking advantage of the engine’s stand-out implementation of physics.

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