23 Aug 2017

LittleBigPlanet Community Corner - scarybiscuit

Welcome to the very first edition of Community Corner, a new series of articles where we sit down for a chat with  community members to talk about all things LittleBigPlanet, Sackboy, level creation, favourite levels and just about anything else that pops up during the conversation!

We are joined today by scarybiscuit to talk about his journey as a creator both inside and outside of LittleBigPlanet...

Hello scarybiscuit! We know you by name but please feel free to introduce yourself to everyone!

Hi, I’m scarybiscuit but known to my LBP friends as Scary. I have played video games for all my life right from the original Sega Mega Drive days and owning the original PS One from its launch day, I have always liked the idea of been able to visit creative worlds built by creative people.

Thanks scary! So let’s begin by diving deeper into LittleBigPlanet…
How long have you been playing LittleBigPlanet?

I played LBP 1 and 2 but never entered Create Mode, it wasn’t until the PS Vita version that I started messing around in Create Mode.

Creating really basic platformers, but overtime meeting other creators, picking up tips from them and playing their levels to eventually realise you could build new worlds and tell stories.

Then I got my first Team Pick which changed everything about the way I create.

I started spending more time in Create Mode and more time on each level, pushing how far I could push the PS Vita’s graphics.

Gadgets and gizmos aplenty can often be found in scary's near-future themed levels.

Wow… That genuinely surprises us! It feels like you were around long before LBP PS Vita!
What are your favourite things about creating in LittleBigPlanet?

The whole idea you can create a story, piece of art “iCandy”, music or evena game which can look like a standalone game and not like something created in LittleBigPlanet.

The real thing that I love about creating is to create something which can inspire others to use their imagination.

However on a personal level, I love creating rich graphic-style worlds which can take the player on a journey. I’m often told I lack gameplay or even complex logic, but I believe that LittleBigPlanet is about your own choice and your own creations.

You have to enjoy the create experience and do what you like or it becomes a real pointless task.

Very well said, Scary. We’ve no doubt that some of your creations have definitely inspired others to create.

Meet Blip! The friendly robot!

So you told us that you first jumped into Create Mode on LittleBigPlanet PS Vita…
Can you tell us a little about this first level that you created?

It was a long time ago now but I think it was called something like “The Vault”.

It was a basic walking from left to right and jump to avoid spikes effort, it also had lots of space that you could fall out of the map or got stuck.

From what I can remember it didn’t even have any Score Bubbles since I couldn’t find them in the Popit but for some reason it got a load of plays and ended up on the LittleBigPlanet PS Vita Cool Levels, this got me drawn into creating and addicted to the whole Create Mode.

Do you have any favourite levels amongst your creations? What is it about them that you like?

I never really like my levels and once I publish I fall out of love with them.
It’s never really about how many Plays or Team Picks or even Hearts.
Once I have published a level, I very rarely play them but sometimes after a few months, I will have a quick play through but all I can see is the bits which I could have done better.

If I had to pick a level which I still look back on with a smile, it would be Paradox.
It’s a big Adventure map with a story, this level was the one which put me close to quitting LittleBigPlanet because it just came too big.

Looking back now though, it’s the one which has everything I try to do - A rich story with complex graphics, lighting, and many worlds to visit.

Well, it goes without saying that we’re happy to see that you pushed through with completing Paradox and continue to create… We would miss seeing your new levels!

Storytelling comes to life in Fantastical Fables!

Let’s take a moment to chat about other creators and levels in LittleBigPlanet…
Do you have a favourite type of level that you like to play in LittleBigPlanet?

I like short levels, which have creativity and personality.
I’m not keen on levels which are remakes, even though I respect the detail and passion that go into them.

Do you draw many inspirations from outside LittleBigPlanet when creating your own levels?

I would say that most of my inspiration comes from the outside rather than from LittleBigPlanet itself. Movies play a large part in my creative process, plus generally looking at the real world often helps me find inspiration for gameplay and graphic effects.

I sometimes look at real world objects and think how would Sackboy interact with it?
Would he climb it? Would he move it?
For example, I look at a cup and I think straight away that he would climb up the handle and then jump across the top, but then I think why would he do that?

And that’s just how the story starts and before I know it…
The cup has become a cooking pot for some evil chef that likes the taste of Sackboy!

I never did like tea…
And I’ve no doubt that Sackboy would agree with me there now…

Take aim with a crossbow in first-person shooter - The Ruins.

Are there any creators or levels that have inspired you create that you would like to talk about?

They have been many creators over the years that have built inspiring levels, but two levels creators that I really can say are the ones that made my jaw drop and made me start creating are TheNotorious-187 and ZedCOcoZza.

They really make me wish that I could create like they do.

Another close friend who no longer plays LittleBigPlanet much but I would like to mention is smartysloan, in the early days they really encouraged my creativity and storytelling.

Often players that inspire me,  if not always through their levels but through their videos and the community spirit that they build are:

That’s a great selection of LittleBigPlanet players that we know very well too!
Hopefully we can speak to some of them in future LittleBigPlanet Community Corner interviews! ;)

What can we say..? This level looks 'shockingly' good!

Are you a creative person outside of LittleBigPlanet?
What do you create outside of the game?

My real world job is a Graphic Designer, so I spend a large amount of my time being creative but its most often just creativity for the sake of business.

Which is why LittleBigPlanet is so important to me, it gives me a chance to share my own imagination and ideas.

I also have a separate Twitter account @digihull, where I publish my art that I create on my iPad that I sell online. Using my imagination has always been a major part of my life, and I believe it’s great for your mental wellbeing and helps improve your problem solving.

Do you have any upcoming levels or projects that wish to share with us now?

I have a few levels that I’m working on right now and often share my thoughts and ideas on my Twitter @scarybiscuitlbp.

I do have a big idea which I have kept quiet about for now and keep revisiting to test parts out, but I have never shown. I have rebuilt the logic many times over, but I’m  still not happy with it.

I have never shown it before as its one of those projects which has to be just right before I do. It’s based on a very old LittleBigPlanet 3 level that I created which was based on my LittleBigPlanet 3 GameJam creation.

I created it twice before but I never really did it any justice, but now with 3D cameras working better within the community, I think it’s about time to finish it, so keep your eyes open for FROSTY THE SNOWMAN returning soon!

One of scarybiscuit's upcoming levels takes inspiration from a very famous blue hedgehog friend of ours.

scarybiscuit's Creator Spotlight Video

Last but by no means least... (And this is something we kept secret from scarybiscuit too!)
Our good friend Sackinima has put together this wonderful showcase reel of some of scarybiscuit's levels that he has created in LittleBigplanet.

Consider it your very own "Best Of" video of your time on LittleBigPlanet so far!
Hope you enjoy the video, scary!

Do you have any LittleBigPlanet community members that you would like us to chat to in a future Community Corner interview or have any questions that you have always wanted to ask your favourite creators? Just let us know on Twitter @LittleBigPlanet or message us on Facebook!