RT @LunarRayGames: More future versions of enemies on today's Timespinner devstream! Pixel art and design! 1-4pm PDT every Tuesday at https… (Today)

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@MagpieMcGraw I see. Do you have a programming day job or do you only code as a hobby or whatevs? (Today)

@SaltyPepperG yeah I've gotten better at this over the years, but when my final tasks involve "talk to other humans" I shut down hahah (Today)

@TyrusPeace hmmm right yeah that makes sense. I wonder if I tied my chill out things to my projects more if it would help (drawing, etc) (Today)

Also I feel like I'm at the very end of Sky Sisters dev and the rest of it involves doing things I don't like so I'm procrastinating forever (Today)

@MagpieMcGraw right I have heard that actual coding time can be like only 2 to 4 hours a day for most people :o (Today)

@bmau_ro yeah I probably have weird data on this stuff. a lot of folks I talked to about time tracking track SO MUCH TIME compared to me x_x (Today)

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@Teknopants yeah totally but things don't get done waiting around for inspiration ya know? Why is making stuff so gosh dang difficult (Today)

@SnugglePilot dunno seems society likes that number a lot (Today)

@DrMelon It always seems like the mega successful artists and creators out there have super human focus powers~ (Today)

I want to be someone that can just work on the same thing all the time 8 hours a day every day but it just never works out for me. (Today)

Working on Sky Sisters this month has been incredibly draining so I'll do the irresponsible thing and goof around with a side project~ (Today)

@psysal hahah yeah sounds about right. I like how the anime advanced they started to adapt more of the actual game's rules. (Today)

@psysal YEAH I loved the anime and my friends and I got into "AS A JOKE" and it turned out to be really fun so we went crazy with it (Today)

@psysal uhh YEAH I played super competitively for a number of years and a friend from my locals won nationals in 2009!!1 (Today)

@psysal i hope you brought your exodia with you (Today)

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2013 - 12 - 30 / 12:33 pm / general

2013 in Review (Part 1)

2013 in Review (Part 1)

Another year gone by and time seems to be moving faster and faster. 2013 was definitely a different experience for me than my previous 3 or 4 years in the wild world of making video games. I dedicated a lot of this year to leveling myself up as a programmer and an overall developer, but I still feel like I wasn't as productive as I wanted to be. Let's take a look at what happened!

I tend to begin every year with the Global Game Jam. It takes place in January and it's the perfect way to burst into the new year with some rapid fire game development. The theme last year was the sound of a heart beat, and I made some sort of metroidvania using that theme. I made a sweet time lapse of the game's development, and some game play afterwards.

I started working on my heartbeat game for awhile as I was still using Flashpunk at the time. I was expanding my framework that I had built around Flashpunk while using it to create this game. I was adding all kinds of cool stuff like Bitmap Text, some support for constructing a metroidvania world out of a bunch of level data from Ogmo Editor, and platforming with slopes. It was a lot of fun working on features like the map rendering, and the platforming camera, and all of the different moves that the player could get.

I also released an asset generation tool for AS3 using Python since I was sick of adding every level to the game manually. As far as I know it still works, so you should give it a try if you're using AS3 and FlashDevelop for making games.

This was also the month that I decided to start posting on my blog a lot more. I aimed for 3 posts a week, with most months resulting in 12 to 15 posts of some kind. Since I spent so long in the shadows of working on Snapshot and Offspring Fling, I wanted to try being more open about what I'm doing. I started treating my blog more like a tumblr where I could just post one off short posts, doodles, or just some thoughts about stuff. Amazingly enough I managed to keep this up for the whole year.

I was also working on a little web application for a table top RPG that my friends and I were playing, and I also set the world record for the fastest Any% run of Lyle in Cube Sector!

I was pretty busy this month!

This month was a big deadline for me since it was almost a year since I pledged to release 5 games in one year. I had two games left to release before I went off to Game Developers Conference and I managed to release both Namiko and Super Ninja Slash just about a week before flying out to San Francisco. I had also released Snapshot, Offspring Fling, and Jottobots previously.

I also spent a lot of this month still working on my Heartbeat game, and adding more features to my AS3 framework with a nifty NineSlice class for Flashpunk. I actually did a lot of work on this game now that I look back at it... I had some really neat looking menus and stuff!

I ended the month with the Spring Sale on Steam with Offspring Fling being 50% off, and I flew out to San Francisco for a week of insanity with thousands of other game developers. I had a blast at Game Developers Conferecce, and spent a lot of it jamming (or at least attempting to, I was incredibly tired most of the time.)

Stay tuned for Part 2!


2014 - 1 - 1 8:20 AM


Sick timelaps. I skipped through it and maxed out my Evernote upload limit with screenshots of your code and notes on workflow. Learned so much, thank you. :3


2014 - 1 - 1 10:22 AM


Oh rad! I totally forgot that I was going to open source the game at some point. I should get back on that when my Christmas travels are over.


2014 - 2 - 11 12:47 AM


Really? Cool!! :D


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