I'm quite a young person really, I'm 20 years old but that's just the right age to have experienced gaming through it's entire journey. I was playing games at a kid right when they started to flourish from the Atari age just hitting into the N64 age.
I think most people around my age will all agree they don't make games like they used too. I know it sounds like I'm spitting some "old person" dribble that just can't keep up, but everyone knows the gaming industry is really turning it's back on people just for the money these days, and I'm not even mentioning 33% of Xbox360's breaking.
Don't get me wrong, I'm loving games still. Seeing how its evolved and playing the newest updated graphics, seeing a beautiful sky now and water reflection. Physics done to perfection with ragdolls everywhere. Hey, It's great sure, but how come even with all of this stuff in one game you still think...why am I having less fun then Banjo Kazooie? or Mario Kart?
Even I'm trying to get to the root of the problem. Am I just growing up? or are games losing their heart these days. What sequel number we onto now with Final Fantasy? or the 108th Mario game? Where the fucks the originality. If I wanted the same hotdog but covered with shit, I'd just go buy the old one and put my own shit on it. I have to respect Metal Gear Solid for ending it recently. At least they have pride.
I'm sick of every single release being a sequel these days. Gaming companies needa stand the hell up, grow some balls and use their new physic engines and amazing graphics and create something truly new. They're too scared of losing money and will only make copies of things that sell.
Why does every single shooting game have to start with a knife and pistol? Why can't you throw me into a pit of nails and I grab a nail and use that to deflect frickin' laser beams back to escape. Make no sense? sure, but if you heard that, wouldn't you wanna play it just cause it's so wild. How about an adventure game where I don't start as level 1 and have 3 spells that are fire, water and earth. CHANGE IT UP FOR GODS SAKE. Throw me a curveball, surprise me, challenge me, baffle me, make me say - "How the hell do I get past the giant ogre guarding the room with a giant kitchen blender when all I have is a magical rock and 2 potions of sexual desire"
Another thing that's saddening is that 2 player on one console isn't a given like it used to be, you actually have to pay for it and buy a Wii. In the old days, me and a friend would go get a coop game from the video store and stay up all night beating it. Now days if you look, nothing is 2 player and/or coop. It's all online only. Onlines great, but not when you have to sacrifice playing with a friend in the same room. It's losing it's sense of being together.
Their is still some great new games coming out, but you'll find they're more in the indie game scene these days. Things like Braid and Castle Crashers. Heroes of Newerth is made by a smaller gaming company and they respect their players and don't turn their backs on them.
I guess at the end of the day, I'll still be playing whatever comes out. It's what I do ya know, but now my outlooks a bit different. I look through about 20 gaming cases looking for something new and different. Something more fun to let myself get immersed in.
Lets just hope once graphics hit their limit of being improved that gaming companies will be forced to go back and create a truly great world that you can get lost in and ignore your Thai $500/night hooker waiting for you on the bed.
Game on bitches.
Well I released my new game Battle Egg finally! Was lets say..a bad egg of the year. Lots of people didn't like it and I couldn't get it sponsored so kinda was a waste of money. I focused too much on making it gimmicky I guess and the gameplay didn't go so well. Oh well I've learnt from it and will improve. I'm just glad to finally have it out before the end of the year after all the mucking around.
My next game is also an Egg game, coming very soon!
Also, happy new years. Hopefully a new year will bring much much more work and excitement and more variations in jelly cups.
I've decided to write some Articles/Mini Rants on lots of various subjects dealing with things I know about, or just have a strong opinion on or mostly my life and job. The whole point of this is to just vent my ideas and hopefully make you, the reader, stop and actually think about it and look at things from a different angle. And hell, maybe I'll even teach you a thing or two.
The first would be my take on criticism. It fits well with the first topic because I deal with it A LOT and also showing why I don't have comments on the site anymore.
I removed comments on articles like this and games because here on my website, I just wanna show you it. It's not up for debate. I'm simply showing it to you and you take from it what you will. Yes I very much hope you like it more then hate it, but after a while on the internet you get sick of the spammy trolling crap over and over. You get to a point where it's too tiring to see, and having one good comment amongst 5 spam ones isn't worth cleaning by myself. I'd rather an email, if you took the time to email me and say you liked it, then I see it as much more personal and am more grateful. Usually trolls cant bebothered sending emails, so this is a great way. Heck, if you even like this article feel free to send an email saying you agree so I can write more. I just read comments on NG and such where it's easier to see since they are more modded, I do a bit on Kongregate, but not as much since they are more spoilt kids over their. You needa find the better communities. And it's enough for me for one game now.
So, The whole purpose of this is, THINK ABOUT WHAT I SAY. Don't take my word for it. Always question it and apply your own things you've learn't to what I say.
Whenever you make anything in life, you're gonna have to deal with the criticism, and it's harsh and will make you mad. I wish I could say I'm a better person to not get mad over it, but even I sometimes get pushed to the edge. After spending months working on a game only to be told over and over how shit it is, it can hurt and people forget that. But over time I've gotten used to it and you have to if you want to grow as a person. You also start to become a harsh person on comments as they are harsh on you. You stereotype them into either troll/simply mean/helpful criticism. Basically the first 2 options theirs no point even reading what they say. They simply just wanna piss you off. The more successful the game, the more trolls there is.
Over the years I have changed a bit on comment reading. I used to read every single one and couldn't wait to see what they say. I still do love the feedback, but I'm more jaded now. I only need to read a certain amount on my latest project and then I've had enough because of the overwhelming crap and hatred you gotta sift through. Now I'm just loving to create more and just put it out their then leaving my piece to fend for itself. I can't sit their arguing why it's good or bad all day. It's too tiring, and you'll burn out.
You needa learn to let it go and just let people decide for themselfs. I now create for the people that genuinely love to play them, they are the ones you wanna show and enjoy their comments. This is not to say you shouldn't go get criticism, I still do have the people I wanna impress that will always say it's shit, but I know the REASON I make something isn't for them, I have them just to improve and will always value them, but you gotta remember to take it in equal doses.
It's all about balance. If you only take the harsh ones then you'll start to think you really suck and give up on what you started. If you only take the good ones you'll never improve. It's about striking that balance, but most of all it's not even about them at all. You make something cause YOU WANT to make it. Showing everyone else is just the side bonus. You never had to make it in the first place, and they never had to play it. Don't ever forget that. If you start getting angry at what they're saying, simply tell them you're sorry they didn't like what you made, so stop playing it, and hopefully you can impress them better next time.
I've had some people who say my games are shit every single time and I could never work it out, then I release a game that was a specific genre and all of a sudden they loved it. You finally work out these people were never actually open or knew anything, they just wanted what they wanted. It took me all this time to realise they didn't actually fairly rate something I made, they were just biased and wanted something I wasn't giving. So you really needa realise who these people are and just ignore them at times.
That's pretty much the end of my first rant. It's my experiences on it all so far, hey I'm still young. Maybe my view will change later. The moral I really think, is take everything in healthy doses. Never get too angry, but never be too close minded to what people say to you. Just work out who are the people that are worth listening too, and who arn't.
I'm moving outta home in 3 weeks or so (AGAIN) Which the good news is I'll have to make much more games since I'll be paying rent and food. Gar, bills! argghhh, laundry?! noo. Dishes!? GAY. But a kick in the butt is probably what I need so it will be good. Plus I'm moving in with my other flash friend Drew who I work with sometimes like The Infection. So we should start getting lots done. I hope, maybe.
Besides that my new game is close to done but stalled from general life crap lately. Like Christmas! god I hate it. Waste of time and money. I'd rather be playing video games then having to sit around with family. Gosh! Just HORRIBLE! DON'T THEY REALISE I HAVE ZOMBIES TO KILL!
Another thing is my Eczema has been bad. It's pretty much my lifelong curse to balance out my awesomeness. I've had it since birth and get it pretty much as bad as you can. Though I guess it kept me indoors which led to gaming and game making, so in a way it had one good outcome. It's so sore currently though on my neck that I can't turn it cause it hurts too much from the redness after I scratched it :(
Ho Ho Ho, Merry fucking christmas.