Misc

Rhino

Clearing some hard drives, I found another sketch I made when I was imagining some games years back. This one is from 2007.

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It brings back old memories ! Darn. The game was supposed to tell the story of a guy leaving his tribe to discover the world ridding on a rhino. End of the scenario !

Now that I see this picture I think I’ve been playing Donkey Kong too much back then. Do you remember Donkey Kong Country ?? That’s one of the best platformer game, right ? ūüôā

Misc

Still around

Hey,

I’m still working on games. The only thing is at the moment I’m trying to publish another basic game (developed in few hours). My rabbit game is still my “long term” project, huh ? I just need to publish stuff from time to time to feel I’m actually active on the market places somehow ūüėÄ

Eh, cleaning a bit my drives I found old sketches I did when designing random games. Here comes what I found today :Character01 copie.jpg

I made this one for a platformer I wanted to make as a Contra like game… Well it didn’t go further than that !

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This caracter is one of my childhood favorite. After playing Jet Set Radio Future for hours on Xbox, I created this character I named “Slash”. I finally turned it into a simple roller game running on Nintendo DS. It was only possible to slide and break though. I cannot even find the source code nor screenshots. But I never stopped hopping one day I would bring this character back to motion ūüôā

Misc

Back to work !

I’m back from vacation ! I went to Croatia and Bosnia ! I recommend ! It was beautiful !!

But it’s now time to get back to work.

I played a bit with the current features the last week and I’m pretty satisfied of most of the work done so far. I still feel like the combos are way too basic but it’s meant to be a casual game anyway.

My plan is now to work on some more enemies :

  • Gunner cat : Shooting from afar and taking cover from time to time (I implemented that once for a game on Wii…)
  • Armored cat : Taking no damage from gun until his armor is broken – Require to use the sword.
  • Armored gunner cat : Mix of previous enemies – Requires to use the sword.
  • Shielded cat : Taking no damage from gun nor sword until his shield is aside – Require to use the dash to lower the shield.

Then I’ll just have different colors matching different strength.

There will be bosses too, huh ? And most likely I’ll recycle them too.

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Yeah, I still have plenty of things to do !! But everything is do-able and my motivation is still up, so let’s get going !! ūüôā

Game Dev, Misc

Unity Asset Store

I don’t think I can do a nice 3D game by myself… That’s why I’m mainly making characters and animations. I did say that already, right ? What I probably didn’t mention is that my main source of assets is the official Unity asset store. This is a really nice place to find great materials !

My latest pick is the “Turrets Pack”. It’s awesome. And it’s free.

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Get the pack here !

I just built a simple laser AI to have some basic “puzzle games”. I just required a turret to be the source of the laser… Well, you’ll understand in my next post !

Misc

Guitar making

Have you ever wondered what it feels like to build something¬†from scratch out of real materials ? I’m sure you have ! Well, I want to know as well ! So I decided to build a guitar from scratch. No kidding… Wait, I’ll do it, even though it’s not my top priority.

There are so many awesome things to learn in the world, we shouldn’t loose interest when having¬†doubts or facing difficulties ! I think we should just¬†give it a go and face the failures head on ! We learn more from failures than successes anyway, right ? Yeah, you probably guessed already : I’m not too confident about this project… I’m envisioning a great FAILURE.

What I’m talking about here is a long term project. It’s not like my game that is already filling my nights and day breaks. It’s more like something I work on the weekends only and slowly (but surely !).

I already finished one book from Leo Lospennato about “Guitar Design”. And I’m in the middle of his second book about “Guitar Making”. It’s really great and instructive. I’m a damn newbie to everything mentioned it that book. The funny thing is I realized afterward Lospennato is a former software engineer as well.
http://www.lospennatoguitars.com/

I’m trying to gather some feedbacks to validate the design before starting ordering the different parts I require.

At the moment, the latest design I’m considaring to build looks like that :

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Maybe I’ll make the horns and headstock less¬†straight but you get the idea.

Edit : After some feedbacks, here is a new version (with a less “metal” style) :

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Edit 2 :

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Misc

American Vampire

I recently bought a comic called “American Vampire Legacy”. Truth is¬†I chosed it only because I like Sean Gordon Murphy’s art work ! But when I started reading it I realized it was a kind of sequel to another ¬†popular comic : American Vampire. I didn’t feel like reading it without knowing the former story, so I stopped and just paid for some American Vampire comics (1 & 2). And¬†I love it !

It’s¬†written by Scott Snyder with contributions from Stephan King, himself ! Rafael Albuquerque and Mateus Santolouco are the artists.

As you guessed, the story is about cute cats and butterflies, of course. Nah.. The title is clear enough. We are dealing with vampires here ! The story starts in 1880 in the US, when a famous and dangerous criminal, Skinner Sweet, gets bitten by a vampire. The thing is he becames a non conventional vampire with new powers, new weaknesses and thus more enemies and more crimes to do ! The comic follows this charismatic character over the years in his journey for vengeance (and pure madness) and follows as well the people who look for him to stop and kill him once for good. But he got a damn tough skin.

This story makes you like a really crazy bastard (and a vampire). Well, you don’t have to like Skinner Sweet. But the story is so crazy, you can barely stop to get mad at him, anyway ! Plus, it’s beautiful ! I like the fact the style is different for each time frame. A part of the story is happening in a “present” while another is a “past”. At least it’s how it is for a great part of what I read so far. ¬†Enjoy !

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Misc

ONO 3D

ONO3D (initially called OLO3D) is a mini 3D printer affordable (99$) using your smartphone in the printing process !

I participated to the Kickstater campaign and now I can’t wait to receive it and print some random 3D meshes. They should be shipping soon !!

Misc

Chrononauts

I got this comic yesterday (the full version), written by Mark Millar (Kick-Ass) and illustrated by Sean Gordon Murphy and Matt Hollingstworth for the coloring.

The story is about time travels and this so called “butterfly effect”. Corbin Quinn and Danny Reilly are¬†reknown and charismatic¬†scientists. They will live crazy adventures through different part of the human history !

So many things happen on each page you read you can barely take a break ! It’s awesome but somehow you would like some parts to go a¬†bit slower and provide more explainations… And I expected the story to dig a bit¬†more regarding¬†consequences. It’s my own feeling though. Ever since I read Ray Bradbury’s famous novel “A Sound of Thunder”, I’m convinced all time travelling novels should somehow have similar¬†outcomes.¬†Even so, Chrononauts is an awesome comic.¬†Sean Gordon Murphy is one of those comic artists I really like¬†and his work here again makes the whole story both beautiful and dynamic !

Chrononauts The Movie is being made by Universal. I can’t wait to see that !

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Misc

Rex + Arduino

I was looking for an idea to make a use of my Arduino..

Last week, some friends of mine just dropped to my place with a fish… For real.
They actually went to a shop to buy some drinks, and they came back with the drinks and a LIVING fish they called “Rex”. Crazy guys..

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Now I have to take care of it. It’s really anoying.. I have to feed it every 3 days with exactly 3 balls of fish food.
The thing is I’ll be on a trip for 2 weeks soon enough. So I made a simple fish feeder with my Arduino.
It’s just using one servo motor and some plastic boxes.

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It’s rotating every 72 hours to release¬†the food contained in each¬†slot.