Archive for April, 2010

A post for the hell of it.

April 26th, 2010

So, I might begin talking about what I’m actually doing at the moment.

I’m trying not to play Dwarf fortress too much, so I can actually get lots of things done.
As above, for Team Fortress 2.
And for that matter, Audiosurf and Eve Online.

Then there’s 2 subjects at uni that aren’t entirely game related but have a pretty decent levels of work. Trying to do them easily in advance.

And then there’s the cool things. I’m working on a game that’s involves piloting a shark or turtle around eating fish for one subject, in a group of 6 students. It’s moving along slowly, but it should turn out pretty nicely… more details on that some other time.

The other project I’m working on is a much larger version of Flatworld. Now it’s a game about what happens when 2D universes and the creatures residing in them are suddenly brought into a 3D universe. This may draw interesting parallels to what might happen if we tried exploring a 4th spatial dimension, as well as being an entertaining project to develop.

The situation arises when a group of forward thinking scientists of the player’s home world attempt to break out of their 2D plane and create a 3D world to inhabit. The player is one of the test subjects for 3D navigation, using a unique (in the game world) tripod style walker that has been folded into a 3D object. Using this, the protagonist can sense and navigate the new 3D universe or if they like, they can leave the walker and go back to being a 2D creature in one of the various 2D worlds that have collided to start this piece of insanity.

I’m thinking the walker would be most convincing if actually physically simulated… my preference for gameplay would probably be Mirror’s Edge/Canabalt/N/Unicorn Power Extreme Whatever That Game Is Called type mechanics that are more about moving efficiently and such. But having some paper robo-tripod that moves like Faith seems quite absurd in some ways, even if an easy way around that is just tweak both the mechanics and the character design.

Combat could quite simply be awesome fun in this environment, with all the options it presents, so I’ll have to consider it. Mono-filament weaponry, gravity or explosions confined to a single dimension, attacking totally helpless 2D creatures that can’t possibly touch you, anything that comes with technology only practical in three dimensions. That last point probably includes electricity – if you know anything about it, consider a typical generator in 2D. As far as I can tell, it requires the third dimension to generate any electricity and almost every power station we have works on that principle. Leaving solar power and battery power. There are other things to think about too, like how to make a 2D house that actually stays up.

It will clearly be in third person… the 2D sections of the game in first person are an amusing idea, and switching between the two options isn’t great either.

Oh, by the way, anyone have ideas for names? :D I have some myself, but they seem mostly… bad.


Internet arguments make me angry :(

April 17th, 2010

So, yeah… I regularly find myself jumping into a forum, finding people arguing about an issue. And jump in, throw in my idea trying to make sure I’m actually right and representing my opinion properly… the usual. Of course, I soon realise mistakes in my own argument and often act like a bit of a jerk.

Then the argument can continue for plenty more pages when the points have already been covered adequately.

Surely there must be a better way about this than increasingly long and frustrating forum threads? Hmmm… unfortunately every possible solution I can think of would require users to actually read and understand a specific bunch of stuff and I’m not sure that could be guaranteed.

I guess I’ll try to stay out of internet arguments, for now. Not an easy thing to do, mind you.


About the projector…

April 5th, 2010

Well, the last game (Ye Olde Projector) went… okay. Honestly the time put into making a working RTS like game made it difficult to get time to explore making it fun. Unlike The Red Switch where making it fun was the first thing I did, in an empty square room. Essentially I missed the “toy” aspect.

I kinda think that’s fair enough – RTS games have been made and made well for ages and I’m not planning to make a full game out of this. If I get time, I’ll probably make a Starcraft II mod with the 10 second order/10 second watch timer. It will let you watch the cool stuff happen, almost remove the impact of lag entirely and possibly even give less skilled players a better chance all while playing a rather polished entry to the genre.

The April EGP theme is out. My game design’s working name is currently Jelly Robot Programming Grind, if I ever get time to make it. Hopefully it will actually be fun to play.

In other news, I’m currently redesigning my main website. I apologise to anyone who actually saw the incredibly blue piece of junk previously – here is what it may look like soon LINK
This may be subject to feedback. I’m hoping to look into the ability of colour blind users to see the links on the menu bar and general readability.

EDIT: New website design is live, the main site is now safe for viewing.

Experimental Gameplay Project, Jelly Robot Programming Grind, Ye olde faulty battle projections