19 years old, studying Computer and Video Games at the University of Salford.

This blog will follow my journey not just through university but through life as I learn and grow in my development and attempt to achieve my goal at working within the Games Industry.
Nearly finished Mega Man! 

Nearly finished Mega Man! 

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2 months ago
So simple but first time I’ve done something myself! :D Really small, gonna have to make it a bit bigger!

So simple but first time I’ve done something myself! :D Really small, gonna have to make it a bit bigger!

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2 months ago
Practicing some pixel art by looking up characters and doing my best to follow and build up the confidence to do my own piece. 

Practicing some pixel art by looking up characters and doing my best to follow and build up the confidence to do my own piece. 

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2 months ago

Evaluation Of My Game

Looking back over at my Game now that it’s completed, there are quite a few things I wished that I could have done differently in order to make it a more detailed game. 

Currently I have one level with two Game Sprites from the show, if I was to re-do the game then I would have added four more levels, each one with a different character, different music for each level, as well as a higher point to reach such as Level 1 you had to get 3 points, in level 2 I’d make it 5 and then Level 3 it’d be 7 etc. The pace would also be a lot faster with each new level than the previous one. I also would have attempted to make the Ice King run more smoothly since a lag was implanted in order to make the player able to score, though if re-done I’m sure I could have found a way to have the Ice King run without lagging and still have the player able to score against the opponent. Another thing I would have changed was preventing the ball from getting stuck against the Ice King and glitching which meant the game had to be restarted, it used to happen all the time but it’s a lot better than it was previously. 

That’s really all I would have done differently as overall I’m quite proud with how it came out especially after some of the issues I had with Flash which I’ll explain below.

My modern twist on a classic game came across well with my colourful sprites though retaining the old 8 bit style that classic games usually feature. The bright colours and cartoony style yet made into Pong came out better than I first thought it would as at first it was just an idea that I thought might not work and yet I’m happy that I gave it a try. I like the way that the sprites move, the bright, cartoony style of it, how it’s not boring and black and white like the original but brings a unique, almost funky twist to it. The music as well fitted perfectly, the song actually coming from the Adventure Time show it’s self and yet it fitted with the style of the game and didn’t sound strange while looping through the game even if you won or lost though as mentioned previously, if I did other levels then I would have different Adventure Time songs on each different level.

I had a few problems with Flash when it came to coding and making the game do what I wanted to do. My two previous games that I attempted to make before my Adventure Time Pong, A dodge and collect and a Space Invader game, both failed due to coding errors that I was unable to fix. The Dodge and Collect had an error with making the object collide and disappear giving the player a score, The Space Invader failed due to not shooting the bullets at the asteroids no matter what I tried which was quite frustrating yet I soon moved on to my final idea which was Pong. There have been some issues in making the ball do what it needed to do, sometimes it would go off the screen, or get stuck on the opponent. I manage to fix the ball moving off screen by adjusting the angle in which the ball moved at yet the ball still gets stuck on the opponent and glitches. The ball did used to glitch all the time on the Ice King to the point that it was impossible to score yet a little changing to the balls dy speed made it a lot better, though it still does get caught but not as much. 

My ball was originally going to be Jake The Dog, who is our sidekick in the TV show but due to errors with this, I had to change it to just a normal white ball to symbolize a snow ball as the enemy is the Ice King so he controls snow and ice etc. That is another thing I would like to go back and change, having Jake The Dog the ball and trying to fix the issue but due to limited time I had to go with something simpler. 

All in all I enjoyed the experience of making a game and learning about the coding and getting to come up with new ideas. It was interesting and has vastly improved my skills at using Flash. I’m proud of myself for what I’ve achieved yet I know that there are some things that I could have done to have improved it and made it that little bit more better. Apart from the two failed games, the errors I’ve encountered, and wishing that I could have improved it, I am happy with what I’ve achieved over the past few weeks. 

Posted
1 year ago

Peer Review

[Questions in Italic’s]

Nathan McDonald & Lewis McDonald (Brothers) 7 years old.

Bug and things that don’t seem to work?


The ball gets stuck on the Ice King sometimes meaning we can’t score on the game. The win button is sometimes hard to click on to restart the game.

Did you enjoy the game and would you play it again?


Yes! We loved it, it’s Adventure Time! It’s our favourite show on Cartoon Network! The music was fun too, it was different. 

Did the game feel too long/short?


Too short, it would have been nice to make the score higher and more levels! 

Did you understand the goal of the game?


Yes, we had to hit the ball past the opponent to score a point, if we scored 3 we won the game. 

Did you understand the instructions?


Yes.

Did you think it was challenging/not challenging enough?


It was challenging since it was sometimes hard to get the ball past the Ice King.

Did you like/dislike the graphics/sounds? What would make them better?


We liked the way the game looked, it looked like the old Pokemon games! The music was good because it’s from Adventure Time and we knew the words so we could sing alone while we played. 

Did the pace feel too fast or too slow? 


The game ran fast but easy enough for us to be able to play it without becoming difficult or impossible to win. 

Game features-what else could be in the game?


More levels with different characters, apart from that we enjoyed it. 

Can we play again now?! 

Posted
1 year ago

This is the music for my game but also the theme song for Adventure Time but extended by a fan of the show. It’s catchy and not too short that it sounds wrong when repeated over and over again. It’s well known by fans of the show worldwide which is it’s unique selling point. 

Posted
1 year ago
I set my Adventure Time Theme Song to loop right the way through as it’s a three minute song and the game is quite short plus it’s such a nice song that I didn’t really want to cut it short or have mismatching music as it can be too distracting to the audience.
I’ll post the sound file above.

I set my Adventure Time Theme Song to loop right the way through as it’s a three minute song and the game is quite short plus it’s such a nice song that I didn’t really want to cut it short or have mismatching music as it can be too distracting to the audience.

I’ll post the sound file above.

Posted
1 year ago

Graphics

For my game graphics, I decided to go with the traditional 8 bit style since it’s a well known and classic style for old games. I wanted to keep in mind that Pong was an old, traditional game and I thought my game sprites should reflect on that and yet with the bright colours and the cartoon style background/style of icons, it became more modern and fun for small children. The bright colours attracting the attention and the colour to the detail where as the old traditional game makes it easy to enjoy from an older audience as well as a younger.

It was my modern take on a classic game which incorporates both a modern and classic twist to appeal to a wider age range/target market.

[Sprites drawn by http://tebited15.deviantart.com/ who gave me permission to use his work for my game]

Posted
1 year ago
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