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1st December, 2011
1. Socoder Newsletter
2. NeonPlat Adventures iOS
3. That 4-pack thing I started ages ago, and still haven't finished yet. (Yeah, so much for the "make 4 quicky games" plan, there, Jay!)
4. I'm apparently not doing an Advent Calendar this year. Either that or I'm going to be really really late with it!!!
5. Xmassy Spike Dislike!?
6. Probably should start JNKPlat 2012 at some point, since I've said I'm aiming for April 16th.
7. Get Monkey, Get Learning, Get building a new Framework.. Before January!?
.. I think my head's starting to get back into the AGameAWeek swing of things, because as much as I should be focusing on the Newsletter right now, my head really doesn't want to.
This saddens me somewhat.
But not in the "Aw, I want to do the newsletter" way.
.. more in the "Aw, I want to do ALL the other stuff, and the newsletter's getting in the way!!!" way.
I think I'm going to choose to code, tonight.
30th November, 2011
For NeonPlat Adventures, I tried my best to get rid of all those horrible nasty evil things that I tend to cram into my games, but as with all things Jay, there's always going to be a few leftovers that seem pure evil.
29th November, 2011
Sorry, I missed a day or two, there.. Must be getting into the code.
I say "into the code"..
What I mean is, I'm getting really cheesed off by all this converting stuff and it's driving me completely insane!
Lesson Learned : I need to layout my code better!
.. I won't, but it's a nice lesson to learn!
28th November, 2011
You can't possibly complain that this game is evil and sadistic!
It's just a happy happy game, with instructions permanently written, right at the top!!
Who could possibly complain!!!?
PlayMyCode no longer works
26th November, 2011
The following blog post contains words, which are built up using various letters.
You are expected to read the words in the correct order, moving your eyes from left to right to read each line, and then moving on to the left hand side of the next line.
Continue in this method until you have read all of the words of this blog post, and are happy with your understanding thereof.
An interesting request, the other day.
It's something that's been annoying me for a few years, but I hate being that git who whinges aimlessly about the players.
I'm the developer, they are the players, and I shouldn't do that.
I should continue to develop games that they want to play.
But this time, I'm a little bit more ticked off than I should be.
If you're reading these words on the frontpage of this website, the following part will contain the words Click for More. If you can see this, you need to click the words Click for More, and will then be transported to a much longer version of these words. Once there, you may continue to read the words, and be happy.
If the phrase Click for More does not appear on the next line, you are already on the page which contains the longer version of these words. You should, instead, continue to read the words in the same way that you've been reading the words that have proceeded them.
25th November, 2011
I WAS going to spend some time this week rebuilding the look of this blog, so it'd point to NeonPlat Adventures.
Instead, I'll post this, and point to NeonPlat Adventures.
Get NeonPlat Adventures, Here! It's FREE, and it's FANTASTIC!
View on YouTube
I'll start working on the site some other day.
.. too lazy!
24th November, 2011
One man, 365 games
Luckily, he decided against that, and has now shifted gears to a much more manageable 52 games a year, or AGameAWeek if you will.
As I always say, I'll wish you all the best on your quest.
It's a toughy.
You have a life, and unlike me, you probably also have one of those "Social Life" thingies!
These tend to get in the way.
As does enjoying yourself.
23rd November, 2011
Yesterday was a bit of a missed day, again, as a weekend filled with iDev has left me worn out, and mentally exhausted.
Quite why iDev always seems to do that is beyond me.
So, next year..?
I'm going to get Monkey. (I think!!)
AGameAWeek will still be attempted, and I'll start another Google Spreadsheet to keep track of it all..
I'll probably do most of the early AGameAWeeks using PlayMyCode.com, because I'm already used to that, and vaguely know what I'm doing.
Once I've learned the Monkey way, I'll be using that for multi-system dev stuff so I don't need to do any more nasty evil code-converting thingimijigs.
Should be much easier.
.. having said that, I said this in March... Didn't really work out, then, did it!?
We'll see where it takes us..
and we've got Xmas yet to come...
.. haven't a clue what that'll be like, but I don't think I've time to do the whole Advent thing again, this year..
21st November, 2011
As I was falling asleep, last night, I had a great idea for a new game.
I didn't jot it down, and now I can't remember what it was, except it had something to do with a stickman running around a black and white maze.
20th November, 2011
Just finished the game, so I'm here to say *Thank you* for some real good entertainment.
A couple of things I noticed:
Loved the game concept, and the visual design is spot on for that kind of game. Unfortunately, sound doesn't work on Ubuntu 11.10.
It's a shame that the progress isn't properly recorded: The game should automatically offer me to play at the 'highest' levelset and the highest starting point I reached in my last session. Having to write down level names feels so 1980s
Reaching a new starting point is sometimes not communicated to the player, and starting points don't seem to appear every X levels but at varying intervals? I spent too much time thinking about that, so obviously something's wrong here
I'd also like to be able to use more keys than "Y" to select a menu item in the main and exit menus. Space and Enter are natural candidates.
But don't get me wrong: it provided me with hours of good entertainment, I love it.
17th November, 2011
I should take solace in a couple of facts.
1. My iOS Apps have been selling oddly, this week.
Usually I sell about 1 copy of SpikeDislike, every day, but this week I seem to be getting oddities like Puzzobomb and StringyThings suddenly springing back to life.
.. sure it's still a max of 3 a day, total, but...
and it's odd!
2. My daily analytics stats have doubled.
Of course, I should probably also point out that for the past two months, my lack of AGameAWeek has caused the stats to halve, so they have in fact simply returned to normal.Read More
16th November, 2011
Interview with NeonPlat Adventure's Jayenkai
A nice big interview, randomly waffling on and on, in that strange unplanned way that I do!
Thanks to darthvid who sent all those questions over the other morning. A nice surprise to wake up to!
Kinda makes me want to do more of the same..
Jayenkai on Formspring!
I'll respond on Formspring, and throw some of the bits and pieces on here, too!
Tomorrow's blog? We take a peek at the wonderful stats of NeonPlat Adventures, get all super happy, and definitely not go slowly crazy
16th November, 2011
When I coded my BlitzMax edition of NeonPlat Adventures (Still online, still free, still available, still awesome, still getting the odd blog post on sites!) I threw things in, wherever they seemed appropriate.
I coded randomly, as I usually do.
I didn't worry about memory issues.
I didn't even give a munky about how many sprites were hurtling all over the screen. (My 2-year-old framework takes care of that.. Hit F12 for your system's stats.)
As I attempt my conversion to iOS, I DO have to worry about these things..
The first step was to convert each character into it's own tiny little spritesheet.
What used to be a set of 5 640x640 pixel images, each filled with 10 characters, each with 10 slots for animation (of which I generally used just 7 due to my lazy art skills!) has now been reduced to 50 120x120 (240x240 for retina) pixel images, each with 9 slots for sprites.
A huge reduction in memory requirements when you only ever need 5 baddies per level.
15th November, 2011
Everyone can play NeonPlat Adventures.
Look at it go!!!
13th November, 2011
NeonPlat Adventures : Available now for Windows, Linux and MacOSX
Inside, a list of all the features I had or hadn't planned, and why they are/aren't in there!
12th November, 2011
Oooh, I got to click the "Release" tag today!
Not done that for a while!
The game is out, right now, and is available at..
1. The Jayenkai Archive
2. The Minisite
and hopefully a few more places by the end of today..
.. unless it tanks, or goes mostly unnoticed, which given my track record, wouldn't be all that surprising.
12th November, 2011
Tomorrow's the day you all get to play!
Had a last minute email, last night, from Shadow1w2, filled with some really nice ideas that would be great to implement.
Thing is, we've hit the point of no return.
I'm off to work all day, and tomorrow's the release.
no time to fiddle.
(I now remember why AGameAWeek is usually a Tuesday release!!)
The ideas have been filed away, along with all those random oddities that have recently sprung to mind, and will no doubt appear in the next version.
The next version is planned after the iOS version, which is still a little slow-going.
So, even after you finally get to play tomorrow, there's still going to be lots to look forward to.
You'll just have to be patient!
11th November, 2011
Couldn't be arsed doing all the building and hosting, and especially couldn't be arsed doing the whole "design a half-decent looking site" thing, so I gave up trying and used Google Sites instead!
NeonPlat Adventures : The Minisite
Game : Sunday!
10th November, 2011
This took WAY longer than expected.
Step one, compile the Windows exe.
2. Compile the Mac version.
3. Compile the Linux edition..
9th November, 2011
Today's long, long, long day of development was 100% iOS related.
Having put it off entirely yesterday, I figured I'd better port that level builder doohickey.
I opened TextEdit on the Mac, copied the level builder function from BlitzMax, and set about converting it, line by line, to something that XCode would compile for iOS.
800 lines of code, an estimate of "should only take a few hours, surely!" and then a completely exhausted Jay who just about managed to get the thing working 8 hours later.
BlitzMax and C are similar, but trying to convert things really helps to point out those quirks!