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Archaeological findings!

Posted by
Sunday, August 24th, 2014 1:58 pm

Recent Archaeological findings show that Orcas were used to transfer late Romans to the Underworld.

whalescreen

 

I need more boats!!!!!

Dude, where’s my soul?

Posted by
Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 10:51 am

Apparently you are the ferryman over styx but people in the living world keep multiplying and dying in ever growing numbers. The only option is to expand.

 

cap5o

No idea how this is going to be fun, some thoughts include running costs, maintenance and insurance (styx can be very unforgiving, better be safe than sorry).

I hope everybody else is doing better :)

 

 

Apparently I’m in

Posted by
Friday, August 22nd, 2014 12:11 pm

Using love2d with libraries by rxi or something like that.

Good luck everybody!

HELP! My submarine is leaking!

Posted by
Sunday, April 27th, 2014 11:11 am

bloobloblboblbo

leak

 

Most things are kinda OK 😀

AI is amusing

Posted by
Saturday, April 26th, 2014 3:50 pm

 

 

So I have added soldiers (all the black dots), which move around, seem busy, and make my submarine functional…

The player will move around as the captain (the soldier with red in the middle)

Tomorrow I will have to:

  • add command giving
  • add sound effects
  • add bad things (so it’s actually a game)
  • add water
  • add music

submarine2

 

Seems almost possible! 😀

Hmmph

Posted by
Saturday, April 26th, 2014 4:51 am

this is a submarine:

submarine

 

It’s  not going to be an FTL-ish submarine thing.

Well, perhaps it will, if I can somehow finish this.

I’m in + code

Posted by
Friday, April 25th, 2014 3:59 pm

well, here is my semi-working base code:

https://github.com/ashdnazg/ld29

let us all hope for the best…

They knew what they were doing when they suggested it

Posted by
Thursday, April 17th, 2014 9:01 am

slaughter

 

 

It’s statistics time

Posted by
Tuesday, January 7th, 2014 9:45 am

Even if I couldn’t participate in LD this time, it doesn’t mean I’m breaking my (short) tradition of statistics.
Here be spreadsheets of rankings, scores and percentiles*

Links:

Compo(CSV) – 1010 Rated Games
Jam(CSV)– 556 Rated Games

Graphs might follow if I’ll have interesting ideas (suggestions in the comments are welcome).

* When you divide your position by 1284 you include 274 games that haven’t received any ratings at all, giving you a brighter look at reality. Moreover near the mean score there are quite a lot of ties, the position you have on your page is the top of the tie range (should be middle for calculating percentiles) which can brighten your day even further.

Congratulations to the winners! (everyone who learned something new from participating).

 

Even more statistics?

Posted by
Friday, September 20th, 2013 7:49 am

Well, I’m crashing vrld‘s party with other things I was curious about 😀

In particular the difference between Compo entries and Jam entries.

Unsurprisingly,  jam entries get higher ratings in graphics:

Graphics

 

 

Similarly their audio is also rated higher:

Audio

 

 

My theory is that these two give the Jam a boost when it comes to mood:

Mood

 

But are jam games better? The overall doesn’t show a major difference:

Overall

And neither does fun:

Fun

Same for innovation:

Innovation

They certainly are funnier (disregarding a certain outlier…) which I wasn’t really expecting:

Humor2

But the coolest thing is that there’s one category where the compo gains the upper hand (not by alot, but you can’t deny it’s there):

Theme

 

All in all, nothing too crazy here, but I wonder why the compo entries get higher theme ratings.

 

Statistics and a more correct way of percentiles

Posted by
Monday, September 16th, 2013 11:54 pm

I pythoned again to create a full spreadsheet of LD27 games, with real percentiles*. :)

Links:

Compo (CSV) – 1210 Rated Games
Jam (CSV) – 620 Rated Games

Note that all the coolness data was taken directly from the site, and not processed.

* When you divide your position by 1437 you include 227 games that haven’t received any ratings at all, giving you a brighter look at reality. Moreover near the mean score there are quite a lot of ties, the position you have on your page is the top of the tie range (should be middle for calculating percentiles) which can brighten your day even further.

 

Might make some graphs later of number of ratings vs. score (other suggestions are more than welcome).

 

Humorous Games

Posted by
Friday, September 6th, 2013 12:09 pm

After rating a decent amount of games, I have to admit that some of them are quite good. Unfortunately this post is not about these.

A more exclusive club is this of the funny games. When I use the word “funny” I don’t mean “amusing”, or “giggle worthy”, I mean those select few that make you wish you had a spare set of underwear nearby.

To this date, I’ve found two extraordinary entries that I’d like to share with the reader together with five others which deserve an honourable mention.

Note that all these entries were judged by my unusual sense of humour. If your game isn’t here it’s probably due to a combination of the following reasons (from least to most probable):

  1. I don’t find it funny.
  2. I haven’t played it.
  3. No one finds it funny.

 

 

Entries Extraordinare

Romantic Comedy/Tragedy – Forever Alone

Well written and well executed, this game creates a solemn atmosphere surrounding a ludicrous plot.
The result is magnificent.

Similar to many games in the humorous genre, the gameplay has a small impact on the player’s enjoyment. Well, except the falling pianos I suppose.

 
Lavatory Humour – MY ASS

What can I say, while many had smoke coming out of their ears trying to conjure a witty narrative, a hairy ass just swept by and found itself drowning in a pool of diarrhea.

It’s not elegant nor smart, but it’s what the audience wants. It also shows the importance of silly sound effects.

 

Honourable Mentions

The main reason games found themselves here isn’t because they’re less funny, but because their creators held other priorities above humour.
The Storyteller – Extreme Trauma Surgeon

While the game itself isn’t much more than amusing, the intro is priceless.

The Musician – Keep Flying

Who needs to compose music when you can sing nonsense. (There’s also some cat dung and photon potatoes)

The Sadistic – Royal Defenestrator

Throwing cats, guards and whatnot out of windows cheers me up.
A good example of implementing simple game mechanics and giving the player the freedom to do whatever makes them laugh.

The I Couldn’t Think of a Title – Detective Awesomepants

This game is too good to be disregarded as humorous.

The Meta – 10 10 Second Game Design Lessons

It might not be universally funny, but here in this jam it definitely is.

 

That’s all, I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

Humorous Games – A cry for help

Posted by
Thursday, September 5th, 2013 9:23 am

In jams such as LD, most games try to be good, some even succeed.

But then, a select group of games disregard the Overall category entirely, preferring to focus on the most elusive “Humor”. They may still be quite good, but that’s entirely beside the point.

After rating a 100 games or so, I wished to make a post about the funniest of them all, but unfortunately I’ve only found two 5-Humor-Stars games till now.

Please help me make this post by leaving a comment with them ludicrous/inappropriate/hilarious/inexplicable entries you’ve encountered.

Thanks!

Post Morteming and Having Fun!

Posted by
Monday, August 26th, 2013 5:56 pm

Instead of an in-game picture, I put here the end screen. If you haven’t played my game yet and wish to see how it looks, have a peek  here.

end_screen

 

 

When coming to write this Post-Mortem I looked in my previous posts from LD26 to see if I have learned anything at all and also compared this jam’s goals to what actually happened.

I think the main idea for this game came to me the day before the the jam started.
I don’t really remember if I thought about the specifics, but it surely helped after I verified the theme is indeed 10 seconds.

The Good:

  1. C – I think it was a good choice as I’m quite comfortable with this language and I felt I was coding swiftly. I encountered only a single mind boggling hair pulling memory bug, and one or two annoying “Who wrote this” bugs. Another important part was my framework. The fact I don’t mention SDL2 here, is because I hid it entirely, probably saving a lot of time.
  2. Time planning – Yes, I’ve finished the end screen and achievements system (pictured above) 4 minutes before submitting time, but  I had time for these and the intro screen because I’ve finished the core game 3-4 hours before. In my timezone, LD started in 4am. Unlike the previous LD, I slept until 8, had a look at the theme and went straight to eat breakfast, during which my ideas and plans took shape.
  3. Fun – The main goal I had was to make a game that is fun. In the previous jam that was low priority, and it showed. I think my entry improved exponentially over its predecessor. There’s still a lot to be desired, but the gameplay seems to work!
  4. Audio – I’ve never imagined I could do such things using my laptop’s built-in microphone and audacity. I even had to hit myself a few time until I was satisfied with the recording that was eventually transformed into the effect that plays when people bump into each other. An anecdote: Before coming up with the idea for this game, I planned to record myself playing live music during the jam.
  5. Funny – I laughed out loud so much while making this game. I tested the game very often, with every feature I have added (which is a good advice, by the way!), and it still made me laugh every time, even near then end when I was coding like mad.

The Bad:

  1. Funny – Back to the statistics, humour has absolutely no correlation with the overall ratings, and even though I wished to focus more on the gameplay and less on the lulz, it didn’t happen that much. As stated in The Good, it’s an improvement from last time, but there’s still more way ahead.
  2. Graphics – I had all the tools I needed, Gimp is wonderful, and my framework supported loading spritesheets. I didn’t use them. Right in the beginning I created the first 5 or 6 sprites as separate files, and didn’t migrate to sheets later. With every type of person I have added, I had to do way too much redrawing, exporting and coding. Even if it didn’t waste that much time, the repetitive work was extremely annoying.
  3. C – Well, using C with a simple game means you don’t have to waste your time on optimizations. That means you can recursively merge sort this list. Heck, you can even bubble sort it! However, I have done neither of those. I looked in the internets for a merge sort algorithm with loops, found one, implemented it adapted to my intrusive lists, and all hell broke loose. Memory pointers went flying, and I was relentlessly debugging. After two hours or so (maybe even more) of searching, I’ve found the bug in an unrelated place! Another fail that relates to the previous point about graphics is all the ugly asset loading code. It should probably be implemented in lua or something, but even if not, some functions could really simplify this horror.

The Ugly:

  1. Graphics –  😀
  2. After the first day I understood my game has no end or goals. That’s why I came up with this headlines/achievements system, because the thing I enjoyed most during testing was to cause amusing things to happen (such as a police officer tasing their colleague) .
  3. If you haven’t noticed, the field floats in space. I wanted to have an audience. I even wanted them to be throwing bottles and stuff at you. Unfortunately, Other things had higher priority. There are no goals either (football goals), the goalkeepers have the same uniform as their team. Did I mention there’s no referee?

 

All in all I’m satisfied with the result, and I hope you like it as well!

Lessons Learnt and Animated GIFs

Posted by
Monday, August 26th, 2013 9:55 am

At first I wanted to write a post mortem here, but it’ll never be taken seriously if it’s in the same post as this 😀

frame003

 

What have I done…

http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-27/?action=preview&uid=21623

Da Da Da Done!

Posted by
Sunday, August 25th, 2013 6:11 pm

Finished minutes before the 48 hours ended.

A very interesting LD!

http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-27/?action=preview&uid=21623

Don’t worry, we’ll have a post mortem, but first:

  1. shower
  2. sleep

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