Update on development

one of the major problems with development, is the amount fo work that is required to make anything work.

Truly any and all things take a herculean amount of effort and no matter how many games you have made previously, you always end up under estimating the kind of work that is required of you.

That is why I have not been updating the blog in a couple of months, not because I have not been working (believe me, I have been working), but because the amount of work that I had ahead of me was kind of staggering.

I am happy to announce that I am almost ready with the beta of the game and while it is still somewhat boring, the game is looking up.

I have given myself 5 months to get from somewhat boring beta to amazing and fun release.

for now though, I just have to work and work and work until I have a finished game.

Made it to popular

so, a couple of days ago I uploaded the game that I made during the Nordic game jam called “I am Anna” to Newgrounds.com

While I know that this game is not my finest work (it was created during a game-jam), it did somehow end up on their popular games list, which I am kind of proud of.

Situations like this is why I love newgrounds as much as I do, not because they incentivise me to create games through good reviews (though I would be lying if I said that that sort of thing doesn’t help), but because they have such an awesome approach to community.

I have uploaded allot of games to newgrounds and because they make sure that people see the content that is added to the site, you end up with allot of views and some really awesome reviews.

need a pick me up?

 

So, I have reached the middle part of development, the part where I have s much development in front of me as I have left behind.

This is the part where the project is more or less in tatters and social engagement or just life have caused me to have less time fixing the mess that I have made.

At times like these you really only have you conviction and your commitment to the project to keep you going and that can lead to a feeling of general malaise.

I have something that eases the unease at times like these; a small tool which temporarily makes me feel a bit better. it is my emo playlist.

These are songs that help me feel better and let me know that it’s going to be ok, even if the whole project seems a bit hopeless.

These are some of the tracks:

the sound of silence

SO I haven’t been updating for a little while, I know.

This is not because I have been slacking off, it is simply because I have been somewhat busy going to and recuperating from a game jam situation.

Last weekend I went to “Nordic game Jam” which is one of the worlds largest game jams held in one single location. The idea at the jam is that you show up, you find a group, you make a game in 48 hoursĀ and then you enter it into a competition, to see how well you did.

suffice it to say, I did make a game and it did not win or even place in the top.

still, I had allot of fun and once I check out whether or not my game is worth anything, I will share it.

Taking a respite

Creating videogames is amazing and if I could I would be doing it all day everyday, that said, it can also be exhausting work.

When you find yourself on month 4 of an 8 month development, it becomes easy to crave a creative reprieve. at this point, you have been staring at the same art style and the same models for what feels like an eternity. You have been staring at these things to the point that you have lost any idea of whether the thing you are creating has any value at all.

This is where you need this creative respite. You need to let your freak flag fly and just try something new. Something that may or may not work out, but that is fun in the moment and feels good while you are doing it.

This is why I decided to work on my Blender game today and create a bust in the style of tellstale’s the walking dead. It is not for anything, other than the fun of making it.

Officially half way

When working on videogames, project fatigue is a real problem that does need to be combatted at every turn.

You start out a project all excited and ambitious. There is nothing that your game cannot do and nothing that it cannot be. This is probably the best part of making videogames, the open and delightful place where every opportunity is available to you.

and then it starts; the long arduous task of actually making the game. All of a sudden your game has to move from great idea to awesome game. You have to think about things like visual design, audio design and story beats. You lose yourself in questions of color choices and fps count and you can no longer tell if what you are making is any good at all.

This is when project fatigue starts up. You can no longer tell if you game is good or not, you can no longer tell if anything is any good and you start question everything about the game down to it’s core principles.

At this stage you can do nothing but take your successes where they come and today I found such a success.

I am now officially half way. I have reached the threshold that means that I have finished 50% of the levels that are in the game and that is awesome.

Now, bear with me, as I attempt top finish the rest.