It's been a few weeks since I last blogged and as per my summer plans I'm hoping to fix that in the coming weeks. First of all, I have to say that although I didn't win and actually did poorly in the Developer For A Day 6 contest, I'm extremely proud of the icon my finalism won for me. I'd also like to congratulate the winners and everyone else who participated in the contest. I hvaen't had time to read all the entries but I certainly hope to make time. Also I want to especially point to Oilers99 and Braindeadracr, both of whom are my friends and supported me throughout the competition. I'm glad we all made it into the finals. The last thing I want to say about the contest is this: I didn't get feedback so I don't know why I did poorly, but I'm not changing my design. The industry needs to broaden and my game's niche appeal will find an audience.
As I may have mentioned in my summer plans blog, summer plans tend to change with the flow of summer and so far mine definitely have in good ways. First of all, I havent accomplished much in terms of playing games or reading. I got stuck in Shin Megami Tensei so I plan on coming back to that later and for some reason I just don't feel motivation to play any of my other current games (GTA:Liberty City Stories, Twisted Metal: Black, Siren). I was worried about my lack of playing games until I stumbled upon something great yesterday in Savers (a thrift store like Goodwill). I found Doom 2 for $2.99, Myst for $2.99 and Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom for $1. So I plan on playing these retro games. They all have either enough gameplay rhythm or narrative hook to keep me playing. These games are masterpieces so I'm really excited. Plus I enjoy retro games. I also found Soundgarden's Superunknown and Pearl Jam's Ten for $2.99. Although I'm not a big Pearl Jam fan, I needed that CD as an amateur Grunge enthusiast. On the idea of music, I also bought Mudhoney's 20th Anniversary remaster of their grunge masterwork, Superfuzz Bigmuff. So far all the albums are really good. As for reading, I haven't even finished Moby Dick. I've been reading a book called "Our Band Could Be Your Life" which is about American Underground from 1981-1991. It includes bands like Black Flag, Mudhoney, Dinosaur Jr., Husker Du, Fugazi and Sonic Youth among others. It's a great book and I don't think I'll move on to anything else until I finish it.
I haven't done much with friends but I have taken to watching Home Movies on [adult swim]. It's such an underrated gem.
As far as games, I have been working on stuff for camp in July. Last night I finally finished that, leaving time for my own game projects. I have the time, I have the means and I have the rejection of DFAD6 to inspire so I'm totally going to bang out Noise and begin work on other parts of my big secret game project. Although there is a huge indie game scene, I'm going to debut the Noise demo here. GameSpot is my home online so why shouldn't you guys get 24 hours or so to yourselves. I'd prefer to know what you guys think because you aren't quite an indie audience and you aren't quite a mainstream audience but you are an alternative audience.
Anyway that's all for now so hopefully I'll be blogging more to keep you really updated. Hopefully I'll be able to add something exciting to my blogs soon.
Keep on playing and making those games, nice selection of music you have there, and about 3D Game Maker, I'm talking about a different one that's not made by Mark Overmars but this trash here from thegamecreators: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBVQjxOZrzY And read the comments that talk about it sucking, they're mostly true. Trust me, it's nothing like the Game Maker made by Mark Overmars, I used it and gave up because everything is premade, like the maps.