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Super Time Force: Solving the Time Travel Paradox

Kenneth Yeung  |  Technical Director, Capy Games

Location: Room 2005, West Hall

Format: Session
Track: Independent Games Summit
Vault Recording: Video

Super Time Force, a seemingly simple 2D shooter, tackles several unusual design challenges that are both familiar and yet paradoxical by nature. From the simple time-bending game mechanics emerge many parallels to the problems and questions of time travel and quantum physics. How is it possible to create self-consistent scenarios when the past can constantly change? Can causality be violated under a many-worlds interpretation of time? If a butterfly flaps its wings in a forest will robots become sentient and destroy humanity? This talk gives a first-hand look into how Super Time Force uses concepts from quantum mechanics to tackle the video game time paradox problem.


Attendees will gain insight into the unusual design concepts that are used in Super Time Force. Attendees will also become familiar with the common design issues of video game time travel, as well as see how counter-intuitive ideas - such as those from quantum mechanics - can offer unexpected solutions.