Jul
06
2014

New Adventures?

As I sit here trying to code this week’s AGameAWeek, I’m struggling.
Not because I don’t know what the game’s supposed to be. I actually have most of the game planned out in my head, and I think it might be fun, but something else is butting in.

For some strange reason, I can’t stop thinking about NeonPlat Adventures.
I’d like to make “Greenie’s Communication Tower”, but each time I open the code, I instead find myself thinking about the complexities of Platform World Generation, and how much fun I found those early days of building NeonPlat Adventures!

I can’t seem to get it out of my head, and .. as of this moment, I’ve closed the “382-GCT” folder, and instead created a “383-Adventures” one.
Current thinking is that the game will probably be a standard world, rather than NeonPlat one, in that I’ll need to draw tiles and things instead of relying on neon glowing stripes to cheat my way through things.
I’ll need to draw plenty of world themes, and create a whole swarm of new enemy creatures.
It’ll require some kind of world/map system, with a nice “infinite levels” structure, which somehow looks vaguely formatted like the old Calendar version was.

And then there’s the level layout thing. That’ll need redoing from scratch, because I’ve a couple of tweaks to consider along the way.

It seems my head’s in the right place to start this, and no matter how much I want to carry on with the regular AGameAWeek schedule, I’m going to have to divert from the normal style, to go ahead and do this slightly different task.

I’ve no idea what this’ll end up looking like, and if I’m honest, it might not even be Platdude once all is done.
In all honesty, I’ve no idea where this one’s going to end up.
Prepare for Brand New Adventures..

More news as it happens.

Jul
03
2014

Until Further Notice

Seem to be in a bit of a coding-lull at the minute.
I’m also not doing much music, or even silly doodles on twitter, or really much of anything.
Seem to be at the unimaginative apex of the year, or something..

I had a game idea planned for this week, but I’ve barely touched it, instead opting to laze around the house, sleeping far much more than I oughta, and spending the time watching odd bits and pieces on YouTube.
If there’s no resulting game, this week, blame it on sheer bone-idleness.

Normal service will resume when I can be bothered!

Jun
29
2014

No Game :(

This week, I started a game with ducks.
Having spent most of last week thinking about OUYACentral/Brew’s “Lester and Ralph” game, I was looking forward to making some kind of game which made use of both thumbsticks to control two characters at once.
I’d already given up on Lester and Ralph, since there wasn’t any realistic way I could fit it all into a single week, but I carried on with the twinstick control thing, and brought it down to a more manageable scale.
Ducks (and Swans) on a blue pond seemed like a good idea.
Left thumbstick controls the Ducks, right the Swans.
I added a single obstacle into the pond, and attempted to guide both characters around it, at which point the game started to fall apart, as the ambidextrous nature of the controls became all too much to handle.

duck_n_swan

Over the course of this week, I’ve tried tweaking and rejigging the controls to get it to feel better, but at no point has that been successful.

It seems a shame to waste a week’s worth of work, but sometimes things just don’t pan out like you expect them to.

Game Fail : I’ll go back to standard simpler controls, next week!

Jun
28
2014

GameSkip…

This week’s game has been started, but progress is slow. There’s no particular reason for this, just that my mind doesn’t seem to be in a game making mood.
Instead, I’ve been playing Mario Kart 8 and Tomodachi Life, as well as faffing about with various website tweaks, and doing other none-productive things.
I guess my mind must need a rest or something, as I seem to be taking a lot of breaks lately.

*shrugs*

Hopefully, I’ll be back in action by next week.
See you then!

Jun
23
2014

Y6:W24 – Platdude in Battling Ostriches

This week, I got a new phone, and so game-dev took a bit of a back seat. As a result, this game isn’t quite as good as it could’ve been, since it’s missing a fairly significant part.
hmmm..

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Jun
21
2014

This Week…

PiBO_004

This month’s “Platdude In” game is going to be a good old fashioned Joust-ish game. The rules are slightly rejigged in a usual AGameAWeek style, and things are fast and furious, but all the essentials are in.. Flapping, Bumping, Killing. Sorted!

I’m currently fiddling with my standard controller code to get it working with two players, for the co-op and battle modes. I won’t be adding players three and four any time soon, but figured I oughta at least add a player two into the mix. It’s all a bit of a mess right now, though, so if the game ends up being single-player only, know that I did at least try!!!

Tuesday : Platdude in … Battling Ostriches

Jun
20
2014

Per Week Rate..

A graph of all the available data from the Archive. May not be entirely accurate, but shows approximately that I’ve gotten better at scheduling AGameAWeek. As it reaches 2013/14 it all gets a little smoother!

2011 is where I attempted AGameADay for a little while, so it all gets a bit busy.
.. Also, a bit of a gap during 2012 :\ Couldn’t be helped..

But otherwise, it’s been a nice, reasonably steady flow of games, and with any luck, that’ll continue for a long time to come.

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Jun
18
2014

Good Grief @Softpedia!!

Someone over at Softpedia has been closely following AGameAWeek for quite some time. It seems that each time I post a new game, within a relatively short period of time, it pops up on Softpedia’s archive.
Handily, they tend to link directly to my downloads, so if in the future I opt to update any of my games, people will be able to get the latest edition.
They also write their own little descriptions and take nice screenshots, too.
It’s a nice way of doing things. I’m rather happy about the way their site works. It brings in a couple of extra visitors a week, and that’s all great for getting new people to learn about the great AGameAWeek style of gameplay. :D

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