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The Problem with Color

So I uploaded my game bounce to the Android Play Store not too long ago and everything has been good for the most part.

The main complaint I had was about the controls so I have added and options screen where the user can choose which control scheme they like best.

The other thing that I added I really did not expect to be as big a problem as it is...

Almost immediately after posting on reddit I had a person message me saying that they were not able to play the game since they were colorblind and were not able to see the difference between a few of the colors. I didn't realize how big of a problem this was but it affects quite a few people and so with the help of /r/ColorBlind I have come up with a basic option for people who have trouble seeing between some colors.

The best way to solve this problem is to not rely on colors at all. Your game should never really just be only about colors. You need to have shapes and other patterns mixed in.

Cheers!

lask1

lask1

 

Quick update

Just a quick update since I'm on my phone. Going to try and get momentum with writing these things. Anyone have suggestions for marketing apps? I just released my game bounce
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.moderncave.bounce
And I have been getting good feedback and I am keeping a majority of my users but I want to find some ways to help push my app for relatively low cost.

Playing around with some rpg code I wrote but not 100% where I am going to go next. I would love to write some SFML tutorials!

lask1

lask1

 

Starting my Journal

I'm restarting my journal...not like I had anything before restarting,

I have released a game, I am continuing to work on a few other projects and I am searching for a job. Other than that I think the newest things are I am done my finals and life has been pretty plain haha.

The game I released I have named "Bounce". It's a simple game idea I have been sitting on and did not get to it until now cause of my other projects getting in the way. Now, I have had the time to develop and release it on Android. You can find the game here. Under my account I also have my other app "3D Cubpix Live Wallpaper". Another app that I was involved in the past year was Quicklinkt. Back to Bounce though, I came up with the idea while thinking of a single player pong game. Making pong single player would just be boring but I believe I have put enough of a skew on it to make it amusing .

One of the other projects I am working on is a 3D fighting game. It is just me working on it at the moment but I would love to get an artist and another programmer on board. I have always been a huge fan of Soul Calibur but there was bits and pieces of the game that felt really off to me. I decided that I wanted to make a game kind of like Blazblue where characters are giving off a really unique feel. I have a lot of the game's core built, all in C++, SFML and OpenGL. I am planning on working on the combat systems next with a large portion of it revolving around online gameplay.

Finally, I am looking for a job! I am starting an automotive service tech program in my city but it does not start until september. In the meantime I would like to make some money. I worked for over a year at Display Systems International in Canada. I was hired when I was 18 as a C++, OpenGL and web services developer. I had to quit because of time conflicts with University and I am sure they would take me back but I have a "been there, done that" feeling and I would rather work in the automotive industry where I am starting to move in to.

Just trying to get better with my writing skills! Something I have never been fantastic with. If any of you have suggestions for books or websites to work on my marketing skills, I need help on that too! Also follow my on twitter! I am trying to post more and more of my up to date development info @John_GameDev.

lask1

lask1

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