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My game development habits - an overview

Posted by , 16 May 2014 - - - - - - · 870 views

So I'm a very weird, out of the norm game developer. I have been making games since age 11. So technically, I have about 14 years experience, and maybe 6-7 of those years active experience.

At the same time, when it comes to programming languages, I am a beginner. I think I can make Pong in most languages without much trouble. But that doesn't make me good. However, I am a novice at "programming" in Game Maker and Scirra Construct 2.

I label myself a beginner in many areas still. However, I do not like to be labeled by others as a beginner, at least not seriously. They don't know my whole story, but I do.

Okay, now that we got that out of the way...

The reason why I bother with Scirra Construct 2 and Game Maker, so far, is because I prefer speed over control. I have little patience and like to see my results.

Sorry if this offends anyone, but I'll also have you know... it took me years before I started installing compilers/compiler based dev environments. Your average one is just a little harder to install than a computer game. And I kind of had a "can't install it easily, not worth it" attitude which was bad for me.

I also have other idiosyncrasies I'm trying to get past. I have a hard time working about 1+ years on a game because my longest game took 11 months and it turned out to be garbage.

I still can't believe I failed my Game Art class but hey, it happens.

Well, see you next time...


Back to Journal Land...

Posted by , 13 May 2014 - - - - - - · 936 views

I'm back to Journal Land. Please ignore my previous entries as they are old and outdated.

I've decided I will be expanding further on a game I made, called Agent Light.

Screenshot:

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Download: http://www.mediafire.com/download/dt33nhrvc6azl4j/AL_game.zip

Controls:
Arrow keys
A key

Please don't use Gamepad for playing at this time, because I noticed a bug I have to fix in the game concerning the Gamepad.


2D Butterfly Art Image

Posted by , 17 October 2013 - - - - - - · 565 views

Here is a piece of art I made for college:

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I did a 2D Photoshop image using black and white and the shape tool and if I'm not mistaken, needed something that repeats.


Game I made

Posted by , 09 October 2013 - - - - - - · 1,269 views

I think it's about time I show you a game I made using Scirra Construct 2: http://games.softpedia.com/get/Freeware-Games/Block-Critter.shtml

I encourage you to download and give it a play.

Postmortem: I meant to get this game on iPad but lost focus due to technical difficulties and potentially, money. The artist I had do the work on the game used some artwork he didn't make himself without telling me. I don't think I'll get in trouble for having this game for free, but I might have had I sold it. I could probably sue but it's just not worth it. I created an indiegogo campaign to try to fund getting this game on iPad, but even my closest associations would not donate. Really the game is fun but it isn't very professional. This game was made before I was in college and also I tend not to associate myself with it, even though it is fun, because I know I can do better.


Surprises and Plot Twists

Posted by , 08 October 2013 - - - - - - · 952 views

Luke was in love with Martini. She had beautiful hair dyed pink and bright blue eyes. He had dreams of marrying her.

"Can I have you for dinner?" asked Martini.

Luke had never been on a date before. He said, "Sure."

Luke spent all day preparing for dinner with Martini. He wanted to look his best. He wore a nice suit and rented a limousine. He rang the doorbell. Martini's house was wonderful and expensive.

"Come in," said a voice.

The two sat down at the dinner table. Martini picked up her fork and knife. Then, suddenly she jumped across the table at Luke.

"What are you doing?" hollered Luke.

"I told you, I was going to have you for dinner!" said Martini.

...

-How often should surprises and plot twists occur in a game story? Is there ever a limit?

I have played Kid Icarus: Uprising and pretty much everything in the story is a twist. I loved it but they could have cut down on the twists and the element of surprise would have been better.


Today's theory

Posted by , 08 October 2013 - - - - - - · 868 views

Something which I noticed was that at least for 2D games, smaller resolutions are in theory smoother. At 320x240, you can move the same speed moving 4 pixels a frame as if you moved 8 pixels a frame with 640x480. With 640x480, you would "skip" 8 pixels, while at 320x240 you would "skip" 4. This is just an example. Thoughts?


I love ATI, but ATI doesn't love me

Posted by , 07 October 2013 - - - - - - · 705 views

There was something on my mind, and that is whether my next system should have ATI or NVIDIA graphics.

By the way, I am a technophile. The college I'm attending even has the word "technology" in its name.

Okay so I consider ATI's picture quality better than NVIDIA's, although it's close. I compared the two in the HD 48xx days. I have ran two NVIDIA cards with at least 20% overclocks and for years. However I once overclocked an ATI card, a HD 4870, by a small amount and it artifacted when playing intensive games even after I backed down, and a year later broke. I firmly believe that I fryed my card. The other thing is that the ATI cards I have tried have caused electronic interference with my onboard sound that I can hear through speakers or headphones. I have had one NVIDIA card, my GTX 570, do the same, but not nearly as bad.


Art

Posted by , 07 October 2013 - - - - - - · 995 views

I will be starting the Major portion of my college, art, soon. I have made drawings before but they aren't very good, because of the low amount of time spent on them and my lack of knowing how to texture 2D art well, so I would be embarrassed to show them. However, I might make something good for one of my assignments, that I can proudly display. We'll see.


PC Laptops

Posted by , 06 October 2013 - - - - - - · 819 views

Make sure you read all my journey entries if you got the time. I post a new one every 12-48 hours.

So today we will be talking about laptops for gaming and game development, and here is a real beauty for the price:

http://www.walmart.com/ip/HP-Silver-17.3-Pavilion-17-e049wm-Laptop-PC-with-AMD-Elite-Quad-Core-A10-5750M-Accelerated-Processor-and-Windows-8-Operating-System/25139245

It features the most power AMD APU you can buy in a laptop, featuring 384 Shader cores. In other words, it can probably game at medium to high resolution at medium settings.

Or if you need something with a bit more horsepower, there is this:
http://www.amazon.com/Acer-Aspire-V3-772G-9829-17-3-Inch-Sophisticated/dp/B00D4AX0Q4/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1381061883&sr=1-1&keywords=v3-772g-9829

In other news, I'm still waiting on Nintendo to get back to me.


The PS4

Posted by , 05 October 2013 - - - - - - · 787 views

So in a little under a month and a half, I will be the owner of a PS4. I actually wanted a XBox One, even before they said retail XBox Ones will double as dev kits. However, the whole dev kit thing has made me want it even more. The problem was, everything went wrong possible so that I could not preorder a XBox One, due to availibility or other problems. However, I was able to preorder a PS4.

I will still appreciate the PS4 though. It is $100 cheaper. And if someone is on a budget and wants some good gaming, I might still recommend it. Their developer policy isn't terrible - from what I've heard, they will loan many developers a dev kit for a year and then expect them to pay about $2500 when the year is up. I have my reasons that if I was to pay that much, I would develop for the Wii U instead. The PS4 has much better performance than the Wii U on paper, but it will be limited by Unity's use of a single core for a lot of tasks and 32-bit which allows for only 4GB memory.






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