Games Design @ Hull School of Art and Design



Final Major Project – Theme Ideas

Below is a list of themes that I want to explore before choosing a final design idea for my diorama. Beneath each theme, there are scenarios that are suitable for that scene as well as a list of games/films/books that I could look at for inspiration.



  • Crime scene.
  • Night Time.
  • Early Morning.
  • Car Crash.
  • City in the sky. (Other cities in the background floating).
  • Super Hero Battle.

Game/Film/Books/Environments Inspirations

  • Bioshock Infinite (Game)
  • Grand Theft Auto (Game)
  • Life is Strange (Game)
  • Fallout (Game)
  • WatchDogs (Game)
  • Payday (Game)
  • Batman: Arkham (Game Series)
  • Murdered Soul Suspect (Game)
  • Prototype (Game)
  • I.P.D (Film)
  • The Avengers (Film)
  • Captain America (Film)
  • Iron Man (Film)
  • Gotham (TV Series)
  • The Walking Dead (TV Series)



  • Vehicle parts everywhere but no vehicle.
  • A vehicle with bullet holes.
  • A vehicle being built/re-built.
  • Vehicle buried underneath belongings.
  • Old race vehicle dusty, trophies and posters covered in dust.
  • Garage used as a social area.

Game/Film/Book/Environments Inspirations

  • Life is Strange (Game)
  • Grand Theft Auto (Game)
  • Need for Speed (Game)
  • Fallout (Game)
  • Looney Tunes: Back in Action (Films)

Theme Park


  • Isolated and abandoned.
  • Working theme park.
  • Video Game inspired theme park.
  • Futuristic theme park.

Game/Film/Book/Environments Inspirations

  • Sam and Max Hit the Road (Game)
  • Medievil (Game)
  • Left 4 Dead 2 (Game)
  • Bioshock infinite (Game)
  • The park (Game)
  • Carnival Games (Game)
  • Batman Arkham Knight DLC (Game)
  • Grand Theft Auto (Game)
  • Zombieland (Film)



  • (Showing signs of people living there).
  • (Showing signs of damage from a wild animal).
  • Secret government base hidden within the snow.
  • Lonely cabin.

Game/Film/Book/Environments Inspirations

  • The Thing (Film)
  • The X Files (TV Series and Film)
  • Tomb Raider: Legend (Game)
  • Uncharted 2 (Game)
  • Crash Bandicoot (Game)
  • Star Wars Battlefront (Game)
  • Star Wars (Film)
  • Skyrim (Game)
  • Harry Potter (Books)
  • The Polar Express (Book and Film)
  • Elf (Film)
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas (Film)



  • Equipment left from stranded people, skeleton remains on the floor.
  • Broken down campervan.
  • Animal living space.
  • Secret area 51 base.

Game/Film/Book/Environments Inspiration

  • 127 Hours (Film and True Story)
  • Bear Grylls: Man VS Wild, Extreme Desert (TV Documentary)
  • The Hills Have Eyes (Film)
  • The Mummy (Film)
  • Mad Max (Film)
  • Fallout: New Vegas (Game)
  • Jak 3 (Game)



  • The aftermath of a festival.
  • Festival setting up.
  • Car/bench on a hill with a festival in the distance.
  • Carnival at the festival, festival tents, stages etc.

Game/Film/Book/Environments Inspiration

  • Download Festival. (Environment)
  • Isle of Wight Festival. (Environment)
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  • O2 Arena. (Environment)
  • Sheffield Arena (Environment)
  • Leeds First Direct Arena (Environment)
  • Hellfest (Environment)
  • Monsters of Rock (Environment)
  • MetalFest (Environment)
  • Rock Hard Festival (Environment)



  • Packing/unpacking a room. Boxes everywhere, messy space, assets placed randomly around the room.
  • Messy teenager room.
  • Themed room. Superhero bedroom, princess bedroom, office-like bedroom etc.
  • Decorating the bedroom. Paint cans, covered furniture, items covered in paint.

Game/Film/Book/Environments Inspiration

  • The Sims (Game)
  • Animal Crossing (Game)
  • Grand Theft Auto (Game)
  • Crash Bandicoot: Mind Over Mutant (Game)
  • Life is Strange (Game)
  • Gone Home (Game)
  • Watchdogs (Game)
  • Prey (Game)
  • Tomb Raider: Legend (Game)
  • Atypical (TV Series)
  • Stranger Things (TV Series)
  • Black Mirror (TV Series)
  • Video Game High School (TV Series)
  • Ready Player One (Book)

Interactive Environments and level Design – Ideas List

Heritage Project


  • Action
  • Text Based
  • Shooter
  • Educational
  • Action Adventure
  • Adventure
  • Driving
  • Role Playing
  • Multiplayer
  • Fantasy
  • Strategy
  • Puzzle
  • War Game

People (Sterotypes/job roles)

  • Elderly
  • Office Worker
  • Shop Keeper
  • Performer
  • Thief
  • Tourist
  • Mayor
  • Fisherman
  • Reporter
  • Artist
  • Doctor
  • Trader
  • Drunk
  • Privileged Class
  • Gate Keeper
  • Tram Workers
  • Fortune Teller
  • Children
  • Beggar
  • Police
  • Firemen


  • Maritime Museum
  • Princes Quay
  • Jewelers
  • Punch Hotel
  • Hull City Hall
  • Prudential Tower
  • Banks?
  • Empty Building
  • Cafe Nero


Games Design – Video

The Brief

The brief requires me to create a 3 minute film to be filmed by me and edited using the skills I have learnt in my video lessons. The brief is open meaning I have the choice to create a film based on anything, however, if I cannot think of any ideas I have the option to pick out an idea from the hat. The marking criteria states that I will be marked on my attendance to lessons as well as my attitude to learning, also I will be marked on how well I absorbed the skills within lessons and the theme/creativity of my final product. I intend to also fill out all forms of paperwork that prepare me for when I need to create a real video for a client.

Idea 1 – My first thoughts related to the use of advertisements. One of my main interests is Disney so I thought about creating a Disneybound advertisement. Disneybound is a type of casual dress as well as cosplay, using subtle hints with clothing items to represent something or someone Disney. Currently only the main Disney fans use Disneybound, however, I think creating an advertisement towards Disneybound would inform more Disney fans on inspirational outfits as well as making the cost for outfits cheaper and more creative for parents looking to dress their Disney obsessed children; rather than having to buy a really expensive cosplay dress/costume.

I would use a green screen for a Disney background so it would look like I’m advertising in the actual park at Walt Disney World. Using lots of different camera angles to show off all of the types of clothing I would focus on making the product look affordable and fun for all. The problems I would come across would be providing the clothing and finding a model. Camera angles and green screen would be no problem but finding the right clothes to fit people would be quite difficult.

Examples of Disneybound:

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Idea 2 – Moving on from the idea of Disneybound I thought I could maybe challenge myself a bit more by advertising Disney itself. Again using the green screen I would want to show people how amazing Disney World is. It would be good to advertise Disney and I was going to do this by bringing my little 8 year old cousin into University so that I could place her near the green screen and have different Disney backgrounds behind her. She would act happy, excited, mainly all the emotions a child would have at a magical place such as Walt Disney World.

The problems that may occur whilst filming this would include not being able to get my little cousin to come into University and act. However it is still a possibility that I can create this video just with an adult instead.disney

Idea 3 – I really like the idea of filming myself painting/drawing from different angles. Including music in the background and speeding up the video or slowing it down you can create a really nice video to evidence your artwork.

Here is where I got my inspiration from:

I think that you have the ability to use many camera angles during this video and a wide variety of music you can choose from which would fit the video.

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Idea 4 – Swaying away from the Disney ideas I decided to go to my next interest which is DC Universe. I really like DC comics and I have two friends that would be perfect actors in my video. One of my friends has a Batman costume and one has a Joker costume; using these costumes I would create a fight against the duo as Batman and Joker are always fighting. Problems may occur such as finding a time both friends can film, also if I used green screen I might only have a limited space for a fight scene so I might need to take the film outside as well using all of the popular architecture around Hull.

Batman vs Joker

Idea 5 – One idea that I would really like to try is re-creating videogames using my classmates as the characters. I think that it would be fun to do and I can use different methods of filming as well as camera angles. My only worry with this idea is copyright; providing the videos for the green screen and also music and sound effects may be copyright depending on where I get them from. I really like this idea as I have a wide range of games to choose from. So far I am thinking about using Fallout 4, The Sims, Epic Mickey and more.

Fallout 4 the simsepic mickey2

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