Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Tales from the Old School

Two very cool peeks into the fascinating days of the 80s and 90s games industry.

First, a half hour documentary about Ocean and Imagine games circa the early 80s. The boom and bust stuff is so over the top that it couldn't even be scripted. An absolutely amazing look into the world of the early UK development scene and gaming culture.

Secondly, listen to episode 91 of the 1up podcast Retronauts. It's a round table interview of developers from Tengen. It's a great conversation about NES development that goes into everything from unreleased games to Sega Technical Institute to how these guys are starting to find a place again in the age of Flash and iPhone development. Pretty awesome stuff.

Monday, November 9, 2009

This Cat Is Horseshit - Final-ish Build


Pretty close to done with this one. I added an extra difficulty mode, changed up the interface and graphics, and tweaked the mechanics.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Ripple Dot Zero

My future favorite game. Beautiful colorful spritework. Yamaha-style Sega Genesis synths. It's the real Rocket Knight sequel as far as I'm concerned.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Shnabubula - Playing Super Mario World While Taking Mushrooms

Holy cow, what a tour de force. This is an incredible Super Mario World Medley/Jam Session injected with healthy dose of soul and humor by Shnabubula using the original Super Nintendo soundfonts. The final few minutes are pretty mind blowing. Take ten minutes out of your time and listen to this insane thing.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Mike the Cat's Legal Defense Fund: Demo 2

I finally made some more levels for Mike the Cat's Legal Defense Fund.

You can download the demo HERE. It's about 12 MB.

It includes three new challenge levels, an overhauled engine and some tweaks to the original levels. My microphone is broken, so I unfortunately wasn't able to record new dialogue for the CEO character. If you want to level select, you can press "d" on the title screen. I think I might whip out a couple of more CBS Storybreak remixes for special levels. Now that I have a better engine and have basically made it from the ground up, I'm going to try to push myself to work on a level or so a week. It's good to have the muse back.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

I'm starting a resource for Kabuki Quantum Fighter

Kabuki Quantum Fighter has always held my fascination for some reason. It is basically a mediocre Ninja Gaiden clone, but it's uniqueness is weirdly mesmering to me. I do tend to like "guy goes into the computer" stories, I suppose. I started a small fansite at kabukiquantumfighter.com. It's kind of sparse right now, but I'll add more things as time goes on. There really wasn't enough info on the game in general out there, so I hope someone enjoys it as much as I do.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

This Cat Is Horseshit

A videogame I'm developing for Something Awful's Development Challenge IV. The theme is Deals with the Devil. The game is called This Cat Is Horseshit. It's the Garbage Pail to the Cabbage Patch of Petz games. You have to pet sit for Satan's unruly nightmare cat. Working now on AI for the cat and balancing the resource management. This engine test is being manually controlled to show off the early level design. Here is a demo of the theme song.

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