In my case, the answer was to get a job. You see, for the past 12 years I’ve been self-employed, and for the last 6 of those years I was making my living with games (and game development tools and tutorials). Which meant I was a full time indie game dev. Woohoo! But like most […]Read More
Game Dev News From Around
(Only the interesting stuff.)
Great article that talks about the importance of user retention in your games and shows the pros and cons of the best retention methods available. While it’s kind of aimed at games as a service, it’s worth reading even if you’re working on just a solo game. Source: What drives retention – Raph’s Website
YoYo Games has announced the beta release of GameMaker Studio 2, a huge jump from the previous version. I just watched about an hour of videos showing off the new features and I can confidently say, “Soon, GameMaker might not suck!” They suck now because they broke up with the girl they took to the […]
Short article on the gamification of fitness apps. May spark some ideas for “fitness games” of your own. How games are changing the way we stay fit | Public Radio International
I’ve always kind of liked Marmalade, especially their “Quick” version that’s Lua-based and a lot like Corona SDK. Too bad to see the Marmalade SDK is being closed. Marmalade ceasing SDK support, focusing on game making | GamesIndustry.biz “”
This is an older article, but I wanted to post a link to it so I can find it again — you know, when I start making the RPG I’ve had in my head for years. This article is a great collection of design notes from 20 of the most influential RPGs over the years. […]
I’m working on a game that was inspired by Pac-Man and it got me doing some research into that classic game. I came across this article that dives deep into the game and is interesting even if you’re not making a similar game. Gamasutra – The Pac-Man Dossier “”
Tutorials and Stuff
I just posted a new (free) tutorial showing how to use a single base prefab and an array of sprites to create multiple prefabs — all different, but similar in action. You’d use this technique in a game where many game objects are of the same type, but just look different (and possibly have some […]
Using transition.to() for animation is one of the most awesome things about Corona SDK. It makes simple animation quick and easy. However, it’s based on time — move the object from Point A to Point B over a specified amount of time. Which means if you want to move something different distance at the same […]
(This video is not from the Pixelnest Studio guys, but it’s based on their tutorial, thus the name.) After creating the tutorial to make random enemies for the Pixelnest-based videos I decided to keep going and add a way to finish the level instead of just flying to the right forever. Following is a video showing the way I […]
(This video is not from the Pixelnest Studio guys, but it’s based on their tutorial, thus the name.) After finishing the Pixelnest-based videos I decided to tweak things a bit. One feature I wanted to add was random Poulpi — instead of placing them on the screen I wanted to randomize their position (and number). […]
I’ve created a series of game dev video tutorials for Unity 2D beginners: Unity 2D Game Tutorial The tutorial is based off the written tutorials from the guys at Pixelnest Studio (with their permission) and will get you started making a simple shoot ’em up game.
I’m working on a puzzle game where the player can walk off the screen and wrap around to the other side. That effect is also see in arcade games like the classic Asteroids where the asteroids and space ship wrap around the screen.