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5 Life Lessons

Theres 5 life lessons I can tell you that you're going to have to accept at one stage or another or else you'll never move on with your life to the next stage. They may not be the most important but they are what comes to mind for me at the moment.

1. No one can ever hit you as hard as life can
2. The only way to reach your dream goals is by failing many times
3. Everyone is addicted to something
4. Creativity is not about being crazy or having a vivid imagination
5. The key to happiness is all in your head

1. No one can ever hit you as hard as life can

You might have heard this saying before without ever really grasping what it really means. I know I did for a long time. The thing is were all so scared of what someone might say to us or how they might judge us. Sure at the time it hurts when they say something mean, but in my experience after many disagreements and fights with people I've learnt that the words they say will never hurt you anywhere near as much as you can hurt yourself by beating yourself up over what life has done to you. To put it simply, it doesn't matter what others think of you because you yourself have the ability to hurt yourself the most.

You could have someone insult you and rip you apart in front of a crowd of people and it will never ever hurt you as much as being behind in bills, not knowing what career to pursue and wondering if you'll ever get a girlfriend. These things eat away at the soul more than a persons insults can ever do. So next time you're afraid of what someone might think of you, forget it. Nothing they do or say about you will ever hurt you as much as you yourself can by worrying and making yourself depressed every day by simply thinking it. You have to soldier on and have belief things will get better.

2. The only way to reach your dream goals is by failing many times

So you're a young adult in your 20s, you may have left university/college and are now realising what life is all about. Now the biggest problem all your life is you look up to certain people, usually celebrities. Now usually we arn't aware of a celebrity until they reach there goal in life. Usually this is around 28-35, yet we beat ourselfs up earlier for not having reached that goal while were younger. You've got to remember they didn't just become a world wide sensation without all the past failures. They had some success that usually paved there way onwards sure, but it was not as groundbreaking as you may think. It's all mental. You need to prepare to make mistakes. Instead of thinking of them as mistakes think of them as "I now know not to do it this way" I've made a lot of games that have been failures, but I just move on to the next one. I realise that is just a lesson to teach me that idea wasn't good or had some mistakes to learn from.

3. Everyone is addicted to something

Your first thought is drugs. This isn't what I mean. It can be many other innocent things besides harmful addictions such as gaming, women, food, internet or even comic books. This is an interesting concept that I only ever realised the patterns after doing drugs. After doing many addictive drugs in my life and seeing the patterns of addicts. I realised the same patterns normal people show with there hobbies is in fact no different then an addict. It may not be as harmful or as bad for your health but it will still impact that persons life in such a way they think about it more then they will let on. If you can find that persons addiction then you can control that person. It's hard to explain but everyone has that one thing. Even the most depressed people that say they hate everyone theres always one thing that person loves without realising they treat it as an addiction. I'm not saying they are equal to drugs, but I can certainly say that sometimes its hard to tell the difference between there behaviour. People can even be addicted to sorrow. They purposely beat themselfs up to feel that self loathing feeling because it makes them feel deeper than there current feelings.

4. Creativity is not about being crazy or having a vivid imagination

I get this a lot about my games and writing. "Omg you're so creative and imaginative, you must have so much going on in your head" Argh bleh. Even though it's true I daydream a lot it's not usually about the things I'm going to work on. Creativity in itself isn't just a talent, it's also a skill. If you learn to just jump in your mind to any topic from another and combine them together for fun that is creative. I take anything I WISH to be real and I try make it a reality. Only 1% of what I imagine will become part of my game/story but by at least making the effort it comes across as really creative. Creativity is just as much about fixing up your idea and making it viable as it is imagination. I spend most the time making my idea workable and presentable to people than I do coming up with it. You have to get good at making anything you come up with presentable and thats the key. Take something that is really hard to implement and than try implement it and then all of a sudden bang you have creativity just by the fact you tried to do something that was hard to do.

5. The key to happiness is all in your head

Every day we convince ourselfs that if we had "X" we would be happy. The lonely guys think if they had a girlfriend they'd be happy. The poor people think they need money. The ignored people think they need attention and fame. The determined people need success and so forth and so forth. The secret to the human brain is that once you reach your goal it will make new goals and make you feel like you are back to level one, or starting from scratch. It's cruel isn't it? even once you reach that pinnacle of ecstasy your brain will then move the bar further higher. That's how it works. The key to happiness always seem to be reaching our goals but it's not about that. Happiness comes from one thing, being content with your current situation. Tough isn't it? that's why the richest people are unhappy and the poor people are not. Rich people are used of buying more and more things to make them happy so they are always chasing being content. Poor people have to learn to accept what they have and deal with it. They eventually become happier because they are not always chasing something that doesn't exist. Does this sound familiar to any other types of living? it's drugs. Herion addicts chase a high they will never get again. What do drugs do? yes they make you high but mainly they make you content. That is happiness. This is why being rich and being a drug addict are so very similar. You are always chasing happiness and never just living it. Learn to stop, relax, take a breath and enjoy your life that second instead of dreading tomorrow.

Just some things I've learnt in my life. Life is silly and it's also a learning experience like anything else.

Permalink Posted in Life by Eggy on Aug 17, 2013

Level Design

Ahh level design. It's a subject that makes you excited and want to cry at the very same time. When you've got everything done in your game except for the levels it feels scary. Sometimes enough to make you procrastinate. I should know, I'm a professional procrastinator. I should get a certificate or something!

The key thing with level design is to make it challenging but not frustrating to the players. It's not easy though. I've made something like 10-15 level based games each with say 20-40 levels. That's around 300 levels in total, give or take 50. It's insanity to even think that I've made that many over time. Even though I've had so much practice I still fall into the old guilty traps every single time. I make levels too frustrating or difficult. It's why the The Unfair Platformer was so great for me because all I had to do was design levels like an asshole and people loved it. Do that in a normal game however is bad :P

First of your first levels are always the easiest to make as you can introduce each new type of feature in your game and make that the focus of the level. After that is when it starts to get tricky. A general goal is to make the puzzle seem obvious to solve but they need to work out how. This gives people a sense of reward when they work out a goal from start to finish. If you make it so they need to guess too much they will feel they are doing something too random.

Stuck for level ideas? Try these tips

- Base an entire level on a particular feature
- Put the start and end close together and make them do a full circle of everything to get back
- Make them use a specific game feature in each area so it becomes more useful as time goes on
- Make the last level really hard, and the first level really easy. Then work in between for a difficulty curve.
- Make a big object in the middle the level focus's on that interacts with everything
- Get friends to have a go making a level, maybe make a level editor.
- Play level based games in the same genre to get ideas.
- Drink 99 cups of coffee till life seems like a level and draw it (just kidding... or am I)
- Filler levels can expand on earlier levels with adding in more enemies on the same puzzle

These are some general tips to pump out some levels. The more you make and the more games you play you'll start to see general patterns in game design on what levels are used often. It's when you're past the first 10 levels you really can show how smart you are as a game designer to come up with intricate traps that really make them think without pushing them to anger. It's not easy. What may seem easy to you, will be hard to someone else as they haven't made the game from scratch like you so it won't come naturally so be careful and have a lot of people test the game.

Good luck, level design is a science as much as an art. So experiment with lots of ideas.

Permalink Posted in Game Making by Eggy on Jul 1, 2013

Who is Really There

I've gone through a lot of different types of friendships over the years now. Every time things got bad I was always surprised who was still there at the end of it. Were always told all them cliche things like when things get bad you find out who your real friends are. I never really thought much of this until it happened to me. It's weird how some people you had known since school will take off and ditch you in a second where some people I had only known a few months stuck by my side.

It's all part of growing up, we learn who matters and who never really did. Sometimes no matter how nice someone acts to your face and says they'll always be there doesn't really mean anything until it's put to the test. Then theirs the fact that if you are to blame yourself, can you blame them? can you blame someone for going away if you are to blame? it's a tricky subject. Though this deserved a topic in articles for me cause it's been a topic of my life for a long time. I blame myself a lot and I try not too, it's hard and it eats you away.

Ironically when you make friends with people into drugs, you always are under the impression that they are just using you for the drug, and as soon as money and the drug dries up they will ditch you. Sometimes this is true, but it's not actually as true as the stereotype would suggest. These people have usually come from broken families or a tough upbringing and will stick through bad times more with you because they understand what it is like from living them more often and they can be more forgiving after a fight. Where on the flipside you take a person who's been your friend since school and never has done a bad thing in his life, they were one of the people to abuse me to my face and leave overnight. these people don't know how to deal with problems so they just cut them out their life instead of putting in effort to solve them. It's interesting and sad to look back on. I always miss everyone I've ever had a friendship with in some way or another though even if they end up turning out to be a selfish asshole underneath.

I like to think I'm weird in the fact I have different things in common with lots of types of people. So even though a certain few people I may not see as often as other people, I still feel closer to them then some others because of the fact we have shared something deeper or bonding at a certain time. Leaving high school I thought I had it worked out what a friend is, they are someone you hang out with, play games and talk to regularly. This ends up being far from the truth. A friend is someone that ends up showing you that they really do enjoy your company, opinions and thoughts over time by showing it. Who you can see eye to eye together even when you disagree on a subject. Someone you harbor no jealousy or ill-feelings for when they are not around you.

It's been almost one year since I changed my life and lost a lot of my old so called "friends" and gained a lot of closer ones by opening up all this stuff to the people around me. By doing so we end up going through stuff together, instead of just sharing your failures or success with them, you actually grow and challenge things together. You are tolerant of there shortcomings or bad signs just as they are of you. It doesn't matter if it's friend, family or partner. A relationship is a relationship in the end. It always hurts when that person is no longer part of your life. Better to have a few good friends then lots of fake friends.

I miss all the people I shared different moments of my life with. I always have those memories and will remember them as the person that taught me this, or helped me with that, or simply shared that moment of my life with. People under-estimate the amount of impact we have on someones life just by being there. I wish I knew these things earlier in my life and I might not have lost so many, I may have changed myself in fact to be a better friend myself. Unfortunately these are the life lessons we all learn. You can only learn from them and move on and try be a better person from then on.

I value every friendship I have these days. I am a little more jaded and less open as I'm more scared of being hurt. It's happened a lot and I sometimes wish I was an asshole so I could just forget it and move on, however I'm someone with a big heart that misses everyone I ever knew. Even if they ended up wronging me and I can't talk to them again. I'll still always live with a little regret that things could not have been different. That is where my depressions stems from that fact I don't let go very easily. Things linger in my heart a long time. Like how my ex moved on to a new boyfriend before I had even gotten over it. I wonder how she could forget 3 years so easy very often, but they say girls are quicker to move on because they are more emotionally mature and think different to guys after a breakup.

All in all take this as a small lesson to not only value all your friendships but also be careful on not thinking that life can change in a heartbeat. Sometimes the closest people to you aren't who you think. I myself have friends now closer to me then any family ever could be. Some might say this is sad, but I don't. Family to me seem to get this notion that they are automatically awarded respect, but when things got tough for me, my family bailed on me and ditched me. Nowhere to be seen in fact. Where as I had some close friends help me through it. That was a big eye opener of my life. Some people are closer to family than friends and that's great. However I just am not one of those people as I was kicked out of home when I had nowhere to go by my own mother at one stage. That stuff stays with you forever.

I'm just like you, we all have past things we need to let go of or else they will consume us and drive us to stressful early deaths due to trying to cover them up with alcohol and drugs. Letting go is not easy however, in fact it's the hardest thing I've ever had to do. It's the only way forward though. Accept things for what they are and move on or you'll relive the past everyday of your life and be stuck in groundhog day. I know, because I've lived it for a long time. Forgive everyone that wrongs you, just don't forget their names.

Ironically I have a lot of online friends that are pretty close to me as well. Talking to someone online is another different format, it's almost like they like you more because there is no responsibility of hanging out with you. Sad but true, also it's easier to open up over chat then it is in person. Some of my biggest fans I have for my games have never met me, sadly I wonder if this is because I am different in person or because they share more in common with me then my non game maker friends. Either way it's great to have online and offline friends. They both offer different things.

My opinion isn't fact, learn from my views but make up your own mind.

Permalink Posted in Articles by Eggy on Jul 1, 2013

Heli vs Tower Released

Hey guys, released my new game Heli vs Tower! A game where you see how far you can make it. Always liked that style of game. Also wanted to do something with helicopters going pew pew. It's a little simple. I think I might have to start expanding on these ideas now with upgrade systems. You can also eject out the helicopter to take over new helicopters to survive longer.

I think it turned out alright, a nice little time waster to see how far you get. Time will tell anyways as I watch the scores and reviews of it. I've been trying to get more into action games lately rather then comedy.

I've been making good progress and making more stuff lately, finally getting back into the swing of things after my long break and bad times through life. Getting on my feet and releasing new stuff again! it feels good. Feels like progress!

Every game is a new lesson to teach me new things about what works, what doesn't. Art and Programming lessons. Design ideas and what the general public likes. So I'm always happy when a new game is released. An exciting day! :)

My next game I'm gonna raise the bar and try a sidescroller shooter with destructible ground like I used in Draw-Play and Heaven and Hell. So stay tuned for that baby.

Also to the right is the Eggys Games facebook page to like! please give it a like for other random updates.

Heli vs Tower

Permalink Posted in Game Releases by Eggy on Jun 26, 2013

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