Struggling for game ideas? Have you been slaving over ideas non-stop trying to come up with a big hit before you even open your game making program? Well sometimes the answer isn't in planning but rather development and living your life.
A common mistake I find is people get hung up on the idea phase thinking they need to be a creative genius to come up with the next big hit. Even though it does help to have a great idea, sometimes you don't need to have a huge thought out plan, but rather keep adding onto a basic idea as you continue forwards.
Lets take a platformer for example, you decided lets make a platformer as you go through the process adding in your character, adding in backgrounds and art, and adding in your programming you may find an idea develops as you go. Sometimes glitches can be used to your advantage. Is your character going through walls? no problem lets say that certain walls can be passed through. Now we have an idea for a game where the character can bend matter and go through it. Then we add a timer so he has to use it wisely. If it runs out inside a wall? well bam he explodes.
As you can see we took a very simple glitch and turned it into an idea. Sometimes let your brain follow its natural thought process and it will give you a brainstorm of ideas without you trying. If you sit there with a blank piece of paper you won't be able to think of much because your brain requires stimulation. It requires input to give output. The more you can make, the more games you play, the more art you experience, the more your brain can create new offshoots from these inspirations. Give your brain as much stimulation as possible and you will find ideas come to you rather than having to force them out.
Are you a programmer and wondering what the most sophisticated thing that's ever been programmed? well you'd be surprised to find out it's actually a computer virus called Stuxnet. Developed in secret it is supposedly coded by government agencies that waged a cyber attack on Irans uranium supplies.
What does it do? Well it gets pretty interesting.
- It starts off simply on a usb stick, once inserted it instantly infects your computer using backdoors past your anti virus software and past any security you have
- It starts replicating little bits of code deep in your computer that most anti virus software had no idea about at the time
Now it gets really interesting.
- It replicates usb drives so that it can infect 3 other computers you're connected too via online or a network
- It keeps going infecting as it goes, over 100,000 computers were infected when it was found
- If you're not it's target, then it lays dormant until its infected other computers and erases itself later
But what does it do?
- Well it keeps going till it lands on computer software in Iran that controls centrifuges in Iran's nuclear facilities that purify Uranium.
- Once there, it records a video loop of security cameras on the centrifuge, it plays them back on a loop while it speeds up the centrifuges to break them and ruin the Uranium inside.
That's right. It was so complex it can make it from any computer in the world to the nuclear processing plants to ruin Uranium so that Iran couldn't make nukes.
Did it work? It did. It ruined almost 1/5th of Irans Uranium supply and broke over 1000 centrifuges before it was managed to be stopped. It was one of the most complex and specifically targeted virus's ever created. Using backdoors in firewalls that no one had discovered yet.
I suggest reading up more on it if interested. One of the most complex cyber attacks ever made in the world and still no one knows who did it, but it's believed that it was a joint operation between America and other countries to slow down Iran's growing Nuclear problem.
The new Pacific Rim Uprising movie is out and it is awesome. What more can you ask for? Giant aliens vsing giant robot mechs! Thats what it's all about right?
It's the sequel from the first Pacific Rim. They are both great. The first shows how the Kaiju come through the breech, a portal between the alien world and earth. As the giant Kaiju get worse and bigger, they make the giant mechs to fight them. It's really interesting in the fact it takes 2 pilots to use because connecting the brain to a giant robot overloads the brain, so it takes 2 brains to handle the neural load. Even more interesting is the fact they share all there memories once connected and can get lost in a memory quite easily.
The 2nd improved on the first hugely. Not only were the battles better but the storyline developed further and we were introduced to a bigger variety of mechs. One thing that bugged me about the first is they mostly used their fists and not many weapons, I thought why? Why wouldn't they just use the rockets and guns first? surely thats more effective. The 2nd solves this by making the mechs have a lot bigger arsenel.
10/10 fully recommend you see both movies now.
Black Panther was an awesome new superhero movie released. I've gotta say Marvel movies are really outdoing themselves lately. I really recommend seeing it. Not only does it blend a great storyline with awesome action, but the visuals are great too.
The only thing lacking was perhaps his use of the claws seemed way too similar to wolverines. I'm guessing that's why they weren't used too much.