8/28/2014

Top 5 things that slip some developer's minds

Disclaimer:

I'm personally a game developer, and I make small little games but I have noticed so much over the years that developers large and small seem to forget. I have taken notes over it and personally have been involved with developer teams that have forgotten just the simplest things, I'm not going to point them out individually, just note this is something I have been thinking about for some time over many years. Some of which was my own faults in which I had forgotten. All the screen shots will be of games/projects I have worked alone on for the purpose of not singling out any groups I have worked with.


5. Customization is needed, weather it be the resolution, the controls, or even just some small thing such as a paint program for something in game it empowers the user.


4. Controls need to empower the user, make it feel like they are in control, tankish controls can be good if it matches the gameplay, but it has to make sense and work with it. For a game like RE2 it worked, but for other types of games it might not.

3. Graphics don't matter as much as gameplay or art style. Games like Crysis are known for their graphics, not being much fun, and simply are only popular by the simple concept of "can it run it" and that is it. But they matter enough that if your game has neither then it is a problem.

2. Simplistically, games can be simple and fun they do not need to be complicated as rocket science or they can be just that rocket science and still be simple and still be fun. The whole point here is be simple do not make people confused if they don't need to be. But too simple can be frustrating, so finding a balance is needed.


1. You can have a game without a story, without explanation, with out some hidden meaning. But a game with no story what so ever needs to have other key properties to make it worth playing. Why should anyone care about your game if you have no reason to play it.

More or less developers for get to find a right balance and rather lock them selves into these boxes.

8/25/2014

Fake microsoft tech support fishings

So I have been for years receiving calls from a company with a different phone number nearly every day claiming to be Microsoft tech support, claiming to be giving errors, and them trying to scare me into allowing them to take control over my computer through logmein services. Each day they gave me a run down bullshit saying they are receiving errors from my computer claiming it is viruses and malware.

 So I got bored one day, and allowed them to take over a virtual machine of windows XP on a linux OS with a lot of security measures in place just to see what they would try to do on a seperate network through a different ISP then the rest of my machines... They tried to install keylogging software, and tried to install a bunch of malware, and adware while running me through bull shit events claiming it was causing me errors and blaming it on malious software, like saying w3c validation errors on google.com was because of malicious software.

Which at the end of the call, I laughed at them, told them exactly what they did, and then pointed out their bs, while I continued to block them from installing anything. If you get a call that tells you to go to logmein to some url like something.me(wrong on purpose) don't, if they tell you to open run and do it don't, they are lying to you and will try to fish information out of you. It is a scam, but if you do happen to fall into it luckly most good antivirus software and malware software picks up on it.

I ended up reporting them to logmein in which they did Nothing about it, and still allow people to be scammed by this company. My suggestion is to never use logmein ever... since they don't care.

8/20/2014

5 Things WiiU needs to fix but wont

So there are a lot of problems with the Nintendo system platforms, most of which is difficult to go over without going technicle for me. So I will try my best here to be as simple as possible with it, as to not try to fly over people's heads. This is not in any order or anything.

5 Wii menu gamepad support.

In order to use the wii menu you must be using your tv to select weather you want to use the gamepad and tv or just tv, this causes people to interfer with the tv which someone else could be in progress of use. Along with that a wiimote shouldn't be required, the gamepad has as many buttons as the gamecube & classic controller, it should work with the gamepad and the pro controller. It really isn't hard to do button remapping or make these devices work with it, I should know I have setup button remapping systems before.
Some times I completely forget about the digital wii games I have, I have to go through another menu just to get to them, and then that menu blocks me out from accessing it because need tv and just want to play on gamepad.

4.  DVDs.
The old wii could actually play dvd's you just needed to hack your system and install homebrew channel and install a dvd player application. They have already have amazon, and netflix but I think allowing dvd's to play would be a lot better, along with that they took out the old exploit you could use on older wii's with the photochannel of playing .mov files which is a real bummer.

3.Flash.
Flash is a nearly required application for many many websites, on the old wii you could make and or play flash games with the web browser. Now with the WiiU you have to depend on HTML5 and the performance in doing so with tools like construct 2 is shotty, its terrible, making it a less fun experience and the wii menu doesn't contain the old web browser.Its also useful just for websites that depend on flash though too.


2. System wide Recording,
With mario kart 8 allowing you to upload highlights, it becomes clear that this is something that would be used, and would benefit all the games on the system. Not only that but the players really like it, I feel that it would be benefitial for gamers and developers a like and something they would want.

1.System lock DRM,
When you buy a game digitally it isn't tied to your account, it is tied to your systems UID. This is a major problem if you own multiple wiiu's or your wiiu system breaks and you are SOL from repairs. This is something that really needs to be fixed.

8/17/2014

Desura Halflife 1 problems with recognizing install path

Bus Driver 2d Experience rush is nearly complete


Once I am done with the game I plan on working on a new game, I am still drawing up ideas but the basic concept is that I want to make a castlevania-ish game.

But that is latter down the road, the first thing that needs to be done, is once the Ouya update is released it will need to be ported on to windows, linux, google play, and possibly scira arcade if webgl works.

The game heavily depends on webgl. If anyone has a mac, and would like to test the mac build I can release it on that.

I will need to add a load image feaute and save for windows, linux, and maybe mac builds as well as its the only releases I can do that with really, of saving as a image file, and loading them into the game.

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