Author Archives: Martoon

Twin-sticky post

I’ve always had a special fondness for twin-stick shooters (games like Geometry Wars and its ilk).  I often have ideas for how different weapons and interactions could work.  I decided to go ahead and start a simple TSS game to … Continue reading

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It’s about Time, Commander

Okay, finally got ship controls working in the Time Commander prototype.  I had to pretty much rewrite the prototype from scratch so I had a more sensible way of storing the game state in the time buffer and accessing it. … Continue reading

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“It just gives it a lot more professionalism when you’re wearing pants.”

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One-more-time Commander

Little bit more on Time Commander.  I now have several ships on screen, each with random rotational and forward thrust.  As before, just drag the time slider back and forth.

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The Indie Budget Crunch

“At 31 years old when you’re about to get married, and you’re thinking you might have kids in a few years, having $40k in the bank starts to look pretty scary.”   —Andy Schatz Wait.  What? Andy, I love ya, … Continue reading

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Progress Accountability Thread

I’ve started a thread on the TIGSource forums where you can post a goal you have and a deadline.  You then need to come back and post a follow up by the deadline, saying whether or not you’ve met the … Continue reading

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Captain Chrono: Time Commander!

I’m starting on a prototype for a game I’m calling Captain Chrono: Time Commander.  The game has the player controlling a variety of types of vehicles (a ship with rotation and thrust, a two-wheeled vehicle, etc.) from a 2D side … Continue reading

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60-hour marathon playing worst games ever

This is awesome. Four teens in Australia are doing a 60-hour marathon, suffering through the worst video games ever (including classics like Superman 64 and ET) to raise money for clean drinking water in developing nations. Three hours left, and … Continue reading

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I discovered the dinosaur Wile…

I discovered the dinosaur Wiley! It wants to challenge you to a dance-off: http://www.draknek.org/dance/?dino=7bli

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Automatic Album Cover Generator

About a year ago, I hacked together a script to automatically do that random album cover thing that was going around Facebook.  You know, random Wikipedia article, random quotations page (last 4 or 5 words), Flickr last seven days third … Continue reading

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