Doing Things Differently (RE-POST)

Posted by (twitter: @jonahisadev)
December 1st, 2014 3:14 pm

Hello all! I forgot the link to Yamanu, and because the “I’m In” floodgates have been opened, I shall re-post what I had before.

Today, I’m going to go over what I did wrong last time, and what I’m going to do to fix it…

Yamanu Game Engine

Yeah, I kinda failed last time with Yamanu. Everything I was hoping it would do, really failed hard. My own game engine- seriously??? Don’t worry though, this time, everything with Yamanu 2.0 has been tested hundreds of times. Also, Yamanu this time, has more useful stuff instead of not as useful game-breaking stuff, so check it out here.


I worried WAY too much about audio last time. Audio is honestly, in my opinion, one of the last things you need to worry about, and one of the last things I will judge. If you don’t have audio, I’ll obviously give you a zero, but I’m pretty generous otherwise. Most others care about gameplay and graphics, so programming and art is what you should focus on. People are much more harsh with bugs and graphics, as I have experienced firsthand.

Don’t Advance Too Early

I program in Java, so I jumped right in to making classes for every possible object in the game. Don’t do that. Obviously, you need to set up a good foundation early to make it easier to code later, but I created way too complex of a foundation before the bricks were even delivered. And the bricks didn’t like the foundation too much, which made it a nightmare to add more functionality later. I didn’t even know all of the mechanics of the game yet, so when I wanted to add something else, it wouldn’t be possible with the foundation I had.


I totally didn’t play many of other’s games, so not many people knew about my game, and my game got a lower score. If I had only played more games… Lesson: PLAY GAMES. Stay home from work/school/asylums and play a whole bunch of games, and give feedback. It’ll help a lot, I promise ya.

Well, that’s all I have. Plan early, don’t use crappy engines, prioritize, and play the gamzsez.


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