A brand new game
for Windows, HTML5, 3DS Homebrew, iPhone, Android TV and more,
6th January, 2010
That went as well as could be expected. Xmas intervened, family issues cropped up, all manner of snow based issues, and I pretty much rushed through the last 4 or 5 of those!
Not that it was entirely noticeable. I happen to think the last two were cracking games.
But which were your favourites?
Three Hens a-Laying seemed remake-able, could be something more interest.
OK, back to the world of AGameAWeek.
AGAW Scoring : 21 weeks, 30 games.
Woohoo! Jumped up a wee bit, there!
This means I can quite easily take next week off. Which I need to do, since I'm now WAY behind on getting the whole BlitzMax Framework sorted.
Today I've been doodling some little icons for the new generic menu screen. Not sure how good they'll look when scaled up, but it gives me a chance to play with all the newness that BMax will be bringing. Fullscreen option, Music option, Key Redefining options, they're all coming this way. I've finally joined the 20th century!
After that I'll be faffing about with some sprite engines, and things. Get the whole Counting set up, so it doesn't try to draw too much on older systems, and shove that in the options, too.
Music, sound, volume controls, blimey there's a lot to do.
Once that's all done I'll get working on the next project.
As previously mentioned, it'll be a remake of an old game, just to get things going and up to speed.
Suggestions have been as follows.
1. NeonPlat : Could be bigger, should be bigger, it's a luvly game.
2. Centipong : Could be bigger, should be bigger, it's a luvly game.
3. Munky Train : !!
What do you think?
What are your favourites?
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22nd December, 2009
Whilst learning the ins and outs of BlitzMax properly, I'd like to learn using something I know. It's easier to fiddle around with a new language if you already know where the game's headed.
So, for my first proper week in 2010 I'd like to attempt a remake of one of my previous games.
If there's any of my games that you've really loved, but that you think could be better. let me know what it is, and we'll see if we can choose a winning remake to be done.
22nd December, 2009
As well as all the 12 Games of Xmas (starting Friday) I've finally got around to opening up BlitzMax, and getting that whole new system going.
Plenty to do, and it'll probably kill the whole point of my Xmas Week Off, but no matter.. Lots to do, let's hop to it.
First up, I want everyone who can be bothered to try this out.
It's a couple of little programs that stress tests your system, and tries to draw as many things onscreen at once as it possibly can. Or, at least, as fast as BlitzMax can!!
Run both versions of the program, and it'll give you both OpenGL and DirectX9 stats.
Grab the two new text files, upload them somewhere, and let me know where to grab 'em. Probably should've auto-uploaded, but I'm busying away doing 12 games here!! No time for that!
Post your results, and I'll try to come up with some nice averages that I can then use to keep future games from going insane.
Thanks to everyone that joins in.
Look inside for my results, if you can be bothered!Read More
19th December, 2009
As I mentioned the other day, there'll be an ever so slight delay in this week's game.
But don't worry, it's a cracker!!
View on YouTube
16th December, 2009
Christmas is literally just a week away, and things must be done. 'tis the season to be busy, and all.
Meanwhile things are still kinda messed up, and I'm still awaiting that blinkin' Router. Probably should've just gone into town and picked one up.. It's been 5 days since Play.com sent it out, and still no sign of it.
Hopefully it doesn't end up taking 2 months like the PC did!!
Meanwhile, I've started on a rather lengthy project, and am hoping to get it done in time for Xmas day.
The project kinda fits that timescale, as opposed to the usual Tuesday timescale, so things will be a little bit off this week. You'll still get something, don't worry, it'll just be a wee bit later!
So, wonky times ahead, but don't worry, it'll be worth it!
Game release : Xmas day! : Next Friday!! : OMG, so soon!!!
Oh, and for the record, there are NO MAC GAMES here, no matter how many times Mac-Play.de decide to link here!
15th December, 2009
This week has taken many twists and turns.
I started off making a nice game with a snowman, then that turned into a game with Greenie, then the new PC turned up and I spend a day or two playing with that but the whole network's down, and now I'm waiting on a new Router being delivered! blimey!
Meanwhile it's a chore getting from one system to the other, and that means I'm relying on a slightly-dodgy-not-quite-Win7-compatible edition Paintshop Pro 7 and a slightly-dodgy-not-quite-Win7-compatible edition of CoolEdit to help me make some games.
What a week!!
This week's Wednesday Workshop (#231 was to create an LCD game, so that's what I did.
Unfortunately, the need to cram everything into logical LCD cell positions (yep, they do indeed fit!) has meant the sprites have all cramped up into tiny unintelligable spaces.
So, in a slight tweak from the logicalness of the LCD's physical screen, I added the Improbability Button which makes things a bit more visible..
Aaaah, Much better!!
Take your pick, you can switch ingame, it's all the same.
The elements are placed pseudo-randomly throughout the level, so you can repeat the same quest until you're good at it! If you want to try a different set of random elements, hold a direction when you hit Z to start.
In addition, the map is mapped out in map.png. So if you get really bored, feel free to make your own.
You can Download Greenie's LCD Adventure here, and then head to The Archive to do your voting and commenting. .. Nobody seems to do that, though!
AGAW Scoring : 18 weeks, 18 games. We're a week away from my Xmas/New Year break, so I'd better get my ass in gear if I want to keep up my ratio!! Nooooooo...!!!
11th December, 2009
Absolute chaos at the house of Jay, this week.
First up, good news, that new PC I ordered MONTHS AGO (October 19th) has finally turned up.. *sigh*
Annoyingly Windows 7 - 64bit refuses to work with either of the two USB->Ethernet connectors that I own, which basically means my entire network is now in a total mess.
The new PC is lovely, and will do many things nicely, except that I can't access ANY of my stuff from the other PC.
No coding templates, no music, no sound, not even a Platdude anywhere!!
Sure, I'll draw one, only takes 16 pixels, but that's not the point.
The point is, for the next few days, I'm stuck in a little bit of network chaos until the new router turns up.
I probably should've done the whole router thing from the start.. Aw well, never mind..
Sure, I could do the whole Thumbstick thing, but then I'd have 2 seperate copies of things, and.. that usually leads to me messing up my file system, and ending up with buggy older versions of games.
So, starting from scratch, I'm going to be making something a little crazy over the next few days.
I'll try to make it fun, but I have no idea what I'll be attempting.
I might do an LCD game, since that's this week's Wednesday Workshop challenge. Haven't really done one of those for a while, have I!
...Don't be surprised if no game appears at all!!
9th December, 2009
Every Tuesday morning, 10:30 GMT (or thereabouts, later if I sleep in!) I post a brand new game, right here on the site.
Each game is 100% coded by me, Jayenkai.
95% of the graphics are done by me (with rare dips into the Google Image archive when I'm absolutely dry) and 95% of the audio is also done by me (with rare dips into the Aminet archive, or Kevin MacLeod's collection for the odd bit of music when I'm not in a composing mood!)
If you'd like to read more about what tools I use, click here.
Over the many years that I've been doing this, there's been an extremely varied selection of games, from absolute gems, to complete stinkers, but each and every week there's something new, and if you're happy to try new things, then you might stumble upon a few games that you'll grow to love.
As well as a lot of games, I also create Music and am currently attempting to draw a Platdude based Pixelart every single day.
There's even daily blog posts to keep you informed about background inanities that happen in my life.
So much stuff!
Stick around, and enjoy the ride.
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