Hmm so far time boxing is working out a lot better for me if I just accept the fact that my first one or two blocks of the day might suck. (Today)
2014 - 2 - 10 / 1:08 pm / otter
Yesterday I made a quick game called Flippy Flop using Otter. The whole thing only took me two hours or so, and the end result ended up being a relatively clean coded game.
I decided to add the Flippy Flop source code to the Otter source repository on BitBucket in the Examples folder. So now when you grab Otter you'll also get the source for the Otter Pong Game, and the amazing Flippy Flop.
Flippy Flop makes use of the EventRouter included in Otter. The EventRouter was originally authored by some smart Phoenix locals, and is used a lot in their Unity projects. Since it was just a C# implementation I grabbed and it stuck it in Otter. The EventRouter is all about following the Observer pattern. It can be a little weird to use at first, but I'm beginning to see the appeal of it.
(Disclaimer: There may be some bugs in the source for FlippyFlop. I didn't really check it over for memory leaks, which can easily pop up when using an Event system. If you don't make sure you're unsubscribing from events when objects are removed, or clearing the event router, you might find yourself in memory leak city.)
If you have any questions about Otter, or the source code of the game, check out the Otter forums or leave a comment below.
2014 - 2 - 9 / 8:42 pm / games
Apparently there's a game jam going down soon about a recent mobile game sensation. I had a few hours to spare today and I wasn't being productive on my big game, so I decided to whip something up in Otter.
Download Flippy Flop 1.0 (Windows, 1.6mb)
Not really a game jam game, but more like a game doodle.
2013 - 11 - 18 / 1:23 pm / games
Just a quick update to All the King's Men to address some feedback and fix some bugs. The current version is now v1.1.
* Adjusted the camera zooming to zoom out in more situations.
* Made it so you can skip the intro by holding down Start.
* Changed explosions so that actors always get launched by them.
* Adjusted a lot of the rendering stuff to fix bugs that probably nobody noticed but me.
* Fixed bugs with adjusting the volume levels in the console.
* Fixed the King's death sequence which I broke before I released v1.0.
The download for All the King's Men is still located right here.
For more info on All the King's Men check out my original blog post about it.
2013 - 11 - 14 / 7:06 pm / general
Watch me make All the King's Men at lightning speed. 48 hours worth of screenshots compressed into just 4 minutes of footage. I only took one sleep break in the entire course of the 48 hours, so I was pretty loopy by the end of this.
I recommend watching at 1080p if you can!
All the King's Men was created using Otter, my 2d game making framework built in dotnet and SFML 2.1.
2013 - 11 - 12 / 2:39 pm / games
Over the weekend I went to a local game jam in Phoenix to try out making a game using Otter. I was fully prepared to face the reality that Otter would have major problems preventing me from using it for this jam... but everything turned out way better than I expected. Check out the first game ever made using Otter!
All the King's Men v1.0 - Windows (6mb)
Apologies to Mac and Linux people, I don't have a solid way to get builds for anything but Windows right now.
There's a readme included in the download that has some more info in it as well.
Eventually I would like to open source All the King's Men, but right now I need to figure out what kind of license I should use for it. Open sourcing a game is a little different than open sourcing a framework. I want to maintain control of the distribution of the game, but also allow people to look at and use the code for their own projects. Basically I just don't want people to edit the game slightly and then re-release it as their own work, or something sneaky like that. I'm sure whatever license I choose won't actually prevent that from happening if someone really wants to do that, but I guess I would still feel slightly better by using the right thing.
I also recorded a time lapse of the production of the game during the 48 hour game jam, so once I put that together I'll release that as well!
If you have any feedback then leave a comment, or stop over to the Otter forums.
2013 - 9 - 6 / 10:58 am / general
I've been at Indie House Vancouver for a couple days now and my main focus is working on my C# framework with SFML. I'm working on a little example game that will hopefully show people enough stuff on how to get started with the framework and use it. When the example game is totally done I'm going to release it along with the framework all 100% open source.
Right now I have some neat little platforming going on involving running, jumping, wall sliding, wall jumps, and a special skid jump technique sort of like Mario 64 but in 2d. Also to make the game more fun with rectangles I added a lot of squashing and stretching to the player rectangle with tweens. I am planning to do a full set of graphics for this game, but right now I'm focused on getting the whole thing playable before I tackle any art.
Today a whole crapload of people are coming to Indie House so hopefully I can make some more progress before the entire gathering turns into a TowerFall tournament.
Hi there, my name is Kyle, and I'm a 27 year old kid with adult powers. I'm making video games and living the indie game developer life in Tempe, Arizona. Here you will find my thoughts, games, websites, doodles, and other stuff like that. I worked on Snapshot, Offspring Fling, and a whole bunch of other games. I also created and maintain Otter, a 2d game making framework. If you want to get a hold of me use the form on the bottom of the page, leave a comment, or just tweet at me. I try to post three times a week. Thanks for stoppin' by! You're the coolest.
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