Archive for February, 2011

Rebound Update

As the deadline of February 27 approaches, I have been scrambling to change, fix and add things making sure everything is working as it should. I got a music man on-board which is a huge relief. His name is LeChatDeMaison and he graciously accepted my last minute request for music. He has done music for me in the past (he did the Eco-Chrome soundtrack) and I have great confidence in his work. Anyway I just spend today adding a whole new mode and squashing bugs and just adding stuff. Anyway I should be able to make the deadline which is an exciting thing for me because I don’t release many games. That’s all for today.

Ugly Baby Syndrome

Today I was browsing the forums and came across a thread about the ugly baby syndrome. For those of you who don’t know what that is it refers to when parents can’t accept the fact that they have an ugly baby because they are so attached to it and they are blinded by their love for it. In terms of game development this is when yu have spent so much time crafting this game that you immediately throw away any constructive critisism. As I was reading this I find that I am almost the opposite. I find that I am so attached to a project that I just get lost it all the technical details and any fun that could have been had is lost. I also tend to think that my games are bad once I am finished with them. Another problem I have had with every game I have gotten close to or actually finished, is that nearing the end of development I get so sick of working on the same idea and coding tedious thigs like menus that I just lose all motivation. I was playing my contest entry with someone from the irc and they told me that the game was too slow paced. So I changed it and now I think it is better as a game and I think that playing your game with someone and talking to them about certain aspects is a really good exercise and I wish I had done it on previous games. That can be hard though after you’ve slaved for months on something and someone comes along and says this is bad and this should be changed but in the end they are just trying to help.

Hello World

This is going to be my blog where I post news about stuff that I am doing. It will be mostly related to my hobby; designing video games. At this time I am working on finishing my TIGSource Versus Competition entry called Rebound.a screenshot of Rebound

It’s kind of like chess with lasers but not really. It’s my first entry into a TIGSource Competition and also my first foray into online programming. I am making the game in Game Maker using the Faucet Networking Extension by the guys that made Gang Garrison. It has been wonderful to use and has been really fun. As we get closer to the deadline I am trying to balance working on the game and working on school work. I have a little bit less than a week left and I just have to tweak a couple things programming wise and create music and sound effects and add that. The whole competition has been a really good experience and has given me the motivation that I need to complete a game. I have two other games released my first one being Eco-Chrome which took me a lot longer than it should have but it was released on April fools day in 2009 I think. My next game, Contrast, was made in a week for GameJolt’s minimal competition and didn’t win. Those are the only two games that I have completed and Rebound will be the third. Usually what ends up happening is I have a great idea and never find the perseverance to see it through. I am quite close to finishing a roguelike that originally started for Yoyogames PSP contest but I didn’t finish it in time. There are a few more things I need to do and then add sound and music and it will be finished as well. Well thats the history of me as a game designer. I started this blog not really for other people but I kind of like having a journal type thing to document progress and other stuff. Posts will be probably be fairly short and often. I also started this blog to improve my writing which is easily on of my weakest characteristics. Good day.