Monday, 20 April 2015

More Baby Pics

 Another two flowers on my venus flytrap opened up today:
Isn't she just adorable?

Friday, 17 April 2015

Venus Flytraps Have Flowers?

I guess logically, they would have. It's not something I've ever given much thought to in the past. I was starting to get a bit worried when a really long green stalk started growing up from my flytrap. I bought it less than a year ago, so I'm not really familiar with it's cycles. At first, I thought it was going to just be a regular leaf, but it carried on growing up... and up...

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Now That's Interesting...

Another milestone dev session tonight. Amongst a few other things, I decided to add code in so that the buildings now spawn people. Neutral buildings spawn neutral people, light buildings spawn light people and dark buildings spawn dark people. Neutrals have a 1/1000 chance to spawn, dark 1/2000 and light 1/4000. I thought that over time, there would be more and more neutrals, but instead something quite interesting happened.

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Wizard Jam!

Idle Thumbs are hosting a game jam, Wizard Jam. It's running from April 10-24. Looks like there's lots of help available with a whole bunch of game engines, programming languages and tools (including GameMaker, which I've been using).


Came up with an awesome gnocchi recipe last night. It was so awesome, I ate it and fell asleep in front of the TV last night. That's how awesome it was.

Friday, 10 April 2015

Possibly the Point of No Return

Oh, this is great! I just had a "yes, it's starting to come together" moment. Just a minor thing, but it felt like a milestone.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Random Movement

I wrote in a previous post that I wanted to fix the way the player could run off the screen edge. That was easy enough. I basically put the following:

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Normal Service Will Resume Shortly

Blogging has been temporarily disrupted by having to do some actual work. Hopefully back at the weekend!

ps - did you know there's a bit in VLC that lets you adjust the synchronising of an audio track with the movie? Found it the other day.

Right-click > Interface > Track Synchronization

Frigging awesome.

Monday, 6 April 2015

A Sort of Amateur Dev Diary Thing, I Guess - Part 2

Now, as I said in Part 1 - and as implied by the title too, I reckon - I'm trying to make a game. I should probably talk about that, if the rest of this diary is to make any sense. It's a bit hard to judge how I'm getting on if nobody has a clue about what I'm trying to achieve.

Personally, I love reading interviews with game devs. What I've found is that, when it comes to interviews, the big devs will chat about techy stuff more, and the indies will focus on concepts. Techy stuff interests me, but it's the conceptual stuff that I really like. Games like Papers, Please or Braid are of more interest to me than the latest Battlefield game (I can't even be arsed searching for a link).

A Sort of Amateur Dev Diary Thing, I Guess - Part 1

For some time now, I've had an interest in videogames. Today, I started trying to make one. I've had a minor dalliance with GameMaker Studio before but it didn't really lead anywhere, mostly because I had no real idea of what I wanted to achieve. Unless I have a destination in mind, I tend to wander aimlessly before getting sidetr - ooh, shiny!