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Y7 - D156 : Waiting for Spikes
  5th June, 2015


If there's one thing I hate, it's waiting for stuff!!
I'm a very impatient person, and have gotten used to things moving along at a fast AGameAWeek-like pace.
I now have TWO games, waiting for Apple Review, and quite frankly it's doing my head in!
All this waiting. I can't hack it!!!

I'm now pondering what my next project's going to be. Should I continue on this Gap-Year thing, and make something else that's way bigger than normal? Or should I do a couple of quicky AGameAWeek style games to tide me over?
I'm not sure what I'll do, but sitting here waiting, and waiting, with not much else to do, I do feel like I oughta be doing something productive.

I can't stand the waiting!!!

For what it's worth, although I do kinda like the opening "Swoosh-jingle" sound, I feel it could be a little better. Expect my next few trailers to include marginally different versions until I settle on the right one!!


Oh yeah, that reminds me.
The lovely-ish 3D starfield/logo thing.
I did that, yesterday, too. You know, because I'm bored and waiting, and bored.. and waiting..


I used Blitz3D, created a box, plastered the logo onto it, created and duplicated more white boxes for stars, added a camera and a gentle swoop, added a lamp, then rendered it all at 2000x2000 pixels.. (Which is the highest resolution I could get to run!!)
.. Unfortunately, Blitz3D only renders to bitmap files, so I ended up with 719 frames, each at 11Mb!!
Next, I used ffmpeg to gather the images and re-render them to an .mpg video that would work in iMovie on the Mac, which converted 8Gb of images down to 4Mb!!!

ffmpeg -r 60 -i frames%04d.bmp -r 60 -c:v libx264 -preset slow -crf 21 -pix_fmt yuv420p output.mp4

Basically, take the images in the folder, assume they're 60fps, render them at 60fps with the following settings, to output.mp4.
And it worked a treat.

I think..

Or perhaps people will now expect me to be going 3D, which I'm not! Oops!

Daily Doodle : Keeping a Journal

Seems like Platdude's taking my cue, and starting his own daily journal!


Today's mail comes from .. "QuackIAmADuck" (Between you and me, I don't think that's his real name!)

Does Greenie enjoy St. Patrick's Day?


Greenie does indeed enjoy St Patrick's Day, but only because it gives him a good reason to get completely and totally rat-arsed.
Dave doesn't agree with such a sentiment.
He doesn't believe that you need an excuse to do that.

If you'd like to stuff my mailbag, you can do so right here, at http://bit.ly/AGAW_Mail. Send comments, questions, game ideas, thoughts and more, and they'll probably turn up here, eventually.

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