Insane Idea

Posted by (twitter: @bob_george33)
December 14th, 2011 1:47 am

So I’m entering Ludum Dare 22. So’s my brother and friend. The plan is to live stream our desktops (or the primary screen of them at least) , take a photo every 5 seconds for a time lapse, and record the information we place on out whiteboards. And here’s where I’m insane, I’m coding in a language I only decided to start learning today: Java. In about half an hour I set up a development environment, scripts to compile and run and a base program to do my logic loop (which I won’t be using come this weekend).
My set up is as follows:

  • Intel Core i7 950
  • 10GB DDR3 RAM
  • 2 x 22″ 1080p LED Monitors
  • 1 x 19″ 1440×900 LCD Screen in Portrait.
  • Windows 7 Ultimate x64

And here’s a pretty picture of it all.

Home Desk Space


  • Java (Main Client)
  • PHP (High Scores or anything web based I want to implement)
  • Game Maker (Fall back if Java ends up being insanely hard)


  • Paint.Net (Pixel Art and Touch Ups)
  • Fireworks/Photoshop (Vectorising Drawn Art)
  • Notepad ++ (Programming)
  • Open Office (Documentation)
  • Game Maker (Fall Back Programming)
  • VirtuaWin (Desktop Management, 3 Screens isn’t enough)
  • pixie (Colour Selection)

Plan is to use mainly black and white, and maybe a red or two for colours.  I’m going to be drawing and scanning my menu systems in, and then vectorising them. As for game ideas, I have a few, some that I won’t be able to do easily due to the lack of knowledge of Java, and some that would look epic and take virtually no time. Worst comes to worst I’ll make a text based adventure game and make a single nice piece of art for it.



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4 Responses to “Insane Idea”

  1. Yapikom says:

    Hi. I don’t know how much programming experience you have, but I recommend the use of an real IDE (Eclipse – and some nice framework (Slick – if it’s your first time with a java-like language. Fumbling around in the darkness without either the right tools or the right knowledge is hopeless.


    • Mitchell says:

      I’ve looked into eclipse, but I found it way to difficult for my needs. I would use a framework, but I’m not good at reading and using other peoples code, being the ninja commenter I am. It isn’t my first time in a Java-like language, I’m a proficient C# Coder. As for references I always have google and I have a university text book I’ve flicked through a couple of times.

  2. Mago says:

    pretty hardcor :)
    Good luck with Java

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