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Home brew

Posted in Megaman, WIP Game 2012 with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 22, 2013 by pcedev

I’ve been playing some new generation games lately. This isn’t something I’ve really done in quite some time. I just couldn’t get into much of the newer generation games, even though I own a capable PC, a 360, and a somewhat capable gaming laptop. That dry spell ended with a new game; Tomb Raider. The new Tomb Raider was awesome! Now, I wasn’t much of a fan of the original series and I had no intentions of playing this one, but my oldest son had picked it up for PC and so I thought why not give it a try. Wow, I never played a new gen game that was sooo much fun. And I actually finished the game at 83% (I did as much of the side quests as possible). So, with riding on the tails of that good feeling, I decided to try out some other games that I had missed. Enter the Dead Space series. The first two were pretty cheap and so I picked them up for PC for $8 as a combo deal. I played and beat them all, back to back (bought the third one last). All of the games in the series as slightly different from each other, that it didn’t feel repetitive or redundant playing them back to back. I love them all, for different reasons. Such a great story and I can’t really think of a better medium than games, to tell this story. A movie wouldn’t cut it, nor would a book. A movie would retain the fear/panic/anxiety of the story, but lose ~everything~ else. A book would retain the pacing, mystery, and character development – but wouldn’t be able to deliver the accelerated fear/panic/anxiety parts of the story (I read a lot of fiction, books just can’t deliver ~that~ kind of adrenaline and anxiety. They can produce a similar type of feeling, but in a different way). A series would come closest, but without that type of interaction that a game involves, such frenzied parts of the story would just saturate after a while (like the Walking Dead series has become). Games are a wonderful medium to tell a story, and to immerse a person into that story.

So now that I’m finished with the Dead Space series, I’ve been thinking a lot about what game I want to develop for the PCE/TG16. No, I’m not interested in doing a horror/survival game, but definitely something with exploration, key items, upgrades, and whatnot. I had originally wanted to do a shmup and already have a working engine in progress, but now I’m really wanting to do a Megaman style game; old school megaman but with some more exploration and back tracking (a little bit of metroidvania-ish), as well as some unlockable stuff and side missions. If I had three full months to work on this, and I mean treat it as a full time job (10 hours a day), I could get this done. The problem then becomes, how do I support myself for such a production? I don’t come from money, nor do I have any (I’m fairly broke; hence the whole going back to school thing). Well, I was talking with my friends the other week (they each do their own indie movie production) and the topic of Kickstarter came up. I’m not sure how that would apply to a console only game, let alone one for a system that’s not exactly as populated with retro gamer fans like the SNES and Genesis (or even the PSX or Saturn). I’m gonna give it a try, but I don’t realistically expect it to come to fruition – but that won’t stop me from trying. I figured an added bonus that might help me, is that I can do a simultaneous port to the PC at the same time for something like Steam. Though the primary target system and production cycle would be PCE/TG (3 months). I figured I’d need to raise $6k to cover my living expenses and cost of CD production for the first run. In the realm of Kickstarter, that isn’t much at all, but in the realm of PCE community (even world wide) – that would be quite a feat. Especially since I haven’t actually put out a game on a console previously, regardless of how well I might be known or what I’m capable of. Still, I’m gonna go for it.

Any ideas? Advice? Help? I figured I should outline the game story, concept, direction, etc. A plan of action so people can see where I’m going with this. I do have one other person to help with this (a few friends that I can rely on for art direction and music, here in town). I figured since it’s a CD project, I can keep the cost of the game down lower than for cart. Something like ~$30 shipped. I’d love to do a hucard release, but that seems a little ambitious for such an up front cost of producing the physical medium and the purchase cost of the game would be higher as well (probably double). Please, I’d like some feedback ( both positive and negative).

I’m not dead (yet)

Posted in Audio, Megaman, music, NES2PCE, translations, Uncategorized, WIP Game 2012 on April 7, 2013 by pcedev

Just wanted to post an update… I’m not dead; just sleeping. PCE dev has dominated my life over the past 6 years or more, so I’ve taken a break.. so to speak. I don’t think I know any of you guys in real life, but my life exists in so many areas outside of coding. I have a lot of hobbies and I’ve kind of neglected them over the years in favor of the PCE. I’m a gear head; I’ve rebuild classic v8 engines from the ground up, studied the engineering aspects of how engines work (instead of just buying upgrades and throwing them at the engine, blindy). I’m a writer.. of sorts (prose, creative writing, etc). I’m a artist (I guess, I hate labels); I draw/sketch, paint (oil on canvas), paint giant silhouette graphics on walls (free hand. What I’ve been doing the past 3 years), etc. I work with film/video production (most of my friends in real life are in this field); I’ve been planning on doing a short film of my own this spring/summer. I read a lot (junk/fantasy/horror/etc). And so much more.

Anyway, the point is: I’ve been neglecting other things in life. I’m getting older. I’m realizing that I need to do the things I love.. now. Meet new people, socialize more, and get out more (like my younger days). Before it’s too late. I’m not gonna quit the PCE scene, but I am taking a break. I glance at PCFX forums once in a while and I’m pretty happy to see the dev scene is still kicking along/hasn’t declined. It’s nice to peek in and see new stuffs (just recently looked over at the forums today).

And I’m not dead yet, but there have been some close calls ;>_> I got a sports bike (2007 ninja), so yeah. The gear head in me loves this (I’ve already torn down the bike and put it back together, readjusted the valves, put on a new exhaust, modded the carb, modded the fairings/exterior/lights, will be cutting and welding the back of the frame soon myself.. I’ve done some welding before), and of course riding is awesome :3 I love racing her around curvey roads and dips.

Last summer, I had planned on having a new homebrew game released by now. That didn’t happen. But I still love the PCE and still love doing dev stuff for it. And I still plan on producing stuff for it, too. Just not.. yet. PCE dev pretty much draws me in and I neglect other interests. So that’s why I’ve been keeping a distance, instead of just some slow/trickle PCE work. Apologies to anyone that’s been waiting on anything that’s unfinished and such. I know people, as well as their projects, just tend to drop of the face of the internet/community/etc. Just wanted to say, I haven’t walked away.

If all goes as planned, I’ll be starting school this fall. I would have started last fall, but old student loans were in default and I couldn’t get any financial aid until I got them out of default. It really pissed me off, but I’m pretty sure I got things in order now. The plan is to major in Computer Engineering. I figured that was the safest bet (the subject isn’t foreign to me) and I can always fall back on a programming job if CE doesn’t work out (I read that quite a few people end up in just programming jobs after getting their CE. So it seems a better choice than CS to me; at least I’ll have more options or a fall back option). One of the other reasons why I bought a motorcycle; keep expenses down (60mpg, $90 insurance for the year).

Old Rover: Hey, I got my copy of the game. Thanks!! 😀