Sometimes I make games. Sometimes I make websites. This is my blog.
I’m taking a few hours tonight to go through the archives and put up some of my finished/unreleased/unfinished game jam projects onto github. Ludum Dare 26 is next weekend and I want to have a simple URL to send people to to try out my stuff.
Here’s an image.
Now onto actually designing the level and making the game.
The theme of this game jam is Growth.
We’re still trying to figure out how that will be implemented in our idea for a Rogue-like, but our first few ideas are pretty promising.
If we’re going to do this, we’ve got to be ruthless and pull the plug after those two hours and switch to the game. If we let it slip and say “we’ll do one extra hour on the engine” we’ve lost.
Wish us luck!
Syrup Dispensers From Hell is coming along quite well. I’ve decided to use the Legend of Sadness base for the game, which plays and looks a lot like a Legend of Zelda title. Instead of having our hero travel into a cave, he’ll be travelling into a breakfast restaurant to save us all from horrid syrup dispensers.
This time around I’ve got a lot more experience working with Akihabara so I’ve been able to work harder on gameplay and graphics rather than learning how the game engine works. Designing tilemaps for a game, as a programmer, is tough work. It’s not that I dislike working on art or even that I’m not artistic, but what looks great in The Gimp looks like shit when it’s tiled a hundred times.
Doing graphics for a game is basically incrementalism combined with healthy doses of iteration. You tweak a pixel, test it in-game, hate it, go back, tweak another pixel, hate it, go back, and so on.
A neat feature that I discovered today was Akihabara’s ability to scale the size of the game display by a value that is less than 1, meaning that it does not need to zoom to an integer value. Currently I’ve got the game displaying at 320×240 with a zoom of 2.5, making that actual output 800×600.
Well, back to work :)
The second Guelph Game Jam has just started at the ThreeFortyNine co-workspace. The goal? To make a game in less than a day. We have about 8 hours to design, build, and test our games. Then the last bit of time is spent playing everyone else’s game.
I did this a few months ago and thoroughly enjoyed it.
The theme this time is ‘Monsters.’ The game designer can take that in any way, whether it be about monsters, being a monster, defeating monsters, etc.
As was the case last time, I’ll be live-blogging my progress here and on my BitBuilder game developer Twitter account.
Pretty neat! Still a few graphical glitches. Thanks goes out to my buddy Chris for the screens and test.
As of this posting it’s a very early version with still much of the stock artwork and enemy types. But, it’s fun and playable. Go Akihabara!
The story goes that you’re a BastardBlaster, conscripted to battle everything in the world that’s annoying. Flat tires, Blue Screens of Death, when you go to eat pizza and there’s none left… the list goes on and on. If it’s annoying, you shoot it.
I’ve got the anime-ish characters (Terry and Skylar) in, but since I’m a programmer and I’d like to spare you my attempt at drawing artwork, I’ve asked Margaret Gissing to help out with the 2D sprite pieces.
Will post once I have the work from her :)
I’m under a tight deadline for BastardBlaster, the game I’m building right now for the Guelph Game Jam, so I’ll share my quick and dirty way to convert audio files in Linux and using some Windows software with Wine.
The source music is music modules in the .it (Impulse Tracker) format. So, I used Winamp (running via Wine) to export as .wav files. From there, I used the MP3 to OGG conversion script on this page (modified a bit) to do:
./wav2ogg filename.wav filename.ogg
wav2ogg’s contents look like this:
[rocky1138@atlas Music]$ cat wav2ogg.sh oggenc -o "$2" "$1"
Hope this helps someone in the future :) Note you have to have oggenc (vorbis-tools) installed in order for that to work :)
Now to do mp3s….
I love the music David K Newton makes. I can’t wait to export a few of his music modules to MP3 and OGG for use in the Guelph Game Jam game I’m making! Woot!
I’ve got some kick-ass music from David Newton that is in Impulse Tracker format (.it). It’d be great to play it right as-is as the file size is so tiny. Currently, I’ve got export the stuff to MP3 and OGG before it’ll work.
Ahh, refreshing tea from Bon The Place (my fav tea store, ever.)
Got the game working in Chrome since I decided to simply host it locally with Apache at localhost. Just makes thing simpler since Chrome seems to run the game a lot faster than Firefox (my laptop is a beat up piece of … but it’s still kickin’ so I really can’t complain, I guess.)
Will post more progress and I make some.
Hopefully once the game makes it out to the web this will go away as it’s the same domain policy that’s causing problems.
BastardBlaster is not running in Chrome because of this:
Cross origin requests are only supported for HTTP.
At least now I have some direction on where to head.
Thanks Guelph Game Jam!
Got the game loading and playing in Firefox, but doesn’t even try to load in Chrome. I have no idea why. It seems I’ve spent about twice as much time debugging as I have developing. For this stuff to work, that has to change.
I threw the OGGs and MP3s in the directory and we’re off to the races. Still get “Not well formed” but the game runs. Who knows?