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Chocobreak Redux

2010-12-27 06:11:22 by Skazulab

http://www.newgrounds.com/wiki/creator -resources/game-dev-resources/the-game s-factory-2

While I applaud NG for trying to foster the development of new game designers, TGF2 is probably the most irritating thing to happen to the portal since the clock crew spawned the glocks, locks, and two smoking barrels.

Chocobreak Redux


Chocobreak

2010-12-27 06:01:11 by Skazulab

Vendetta

Chocobreak


"My First Flash"

2010-12-15 03:05:08 by Skazulab

So there was a time, many many moons ago, where I had Flash and a Wacom for the first time. I was on Newgrounds, and so there was plenty of inspiration for me, and I finally had the means to make movies of my own.

Let's just get this out of the way-they sucked. I will admit it, I was never very good at the animation and my 'scripting is mediocre at best. But in the beginning when I didn't have even my meager skills they sucked even more. Did I submit them to the portal? No, because I knew they would never make it. I didn't need to go through the exercise. The portal was this level five boss, and I was just a total nĂ¼bling-level 0, I didn't even have cloth armor or a stick-no way was I going to even bother. For a while it frustrated me when people would put something up, and in the description they would say "OMg i kno tihs is s uck i jsut got flash and this is my 1st movie!! be kind!" Grow some cojones man! Make something and don't submit it until you're proud of it! And even if it passes, why would you even want those shit movies under your account? A permanent stain on your batting average.

But now, I don't feel that way. Maybe I've grown up, maybe it's because they give you more votes when you blam more movies-who can say? All I know is don't let my jaded ass dampen your enthusiasm.

I want those blam points.

"My First Flash"


A Yearly Tradition

2010-11-18 21:47:45 by Skazulab

At times like this, I wonder: was my Grandpa thinking ahead when he married my Grandma? Because she's kind of a fuggo now. I wouldn't do her, and even with my mind's anti-aging software, fifty-five years still doesn't make her doable. But maybe that's because she's my Grandmother, Even with the juvenating plug-in for my mind's eye's Photoshop there's no "Make Grandma Fuckable" automation.

There are also a lot of unknowns. Like, was my Grandma hot back in the day? Did my Grandpa anticipate advances in medical technology that would prolong the average lifetime? To play Devil's advocate-if I was a 21 dude living in the 1940s, I would probably think that the world was going to be torn to hell because of war, and even if it wasn't there were a hundred thousand things that could knock my ass dead before I turned 60, so I better try and have as much fun as i can. Hell, if I marry a girl she's got all the same odds to get offed as me.

All of these questions eventually lead me to an unchanging conclusion. It's the same thing that I sort of believed without rationalizing before tonite, but now there's some good support. There's no telling what the future will hold, so you've got to get down while you can get down.

Get down, Grandpa. Get down.


PARKOUR

2010-10-11 23:54:14 by Skazulab
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PARKOUR

PARKOUR

PARKOUR

PARKOUR

PARKOUR

http://vimeo.com/11828945

PARKOUR


derp

2010-08-09 23:18:59 by Skazulab

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A Rough Guide to Metagaming

2009-12-04 05:16:09 by Skazulab
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Why do we play a game? It comes down to one of two things: to distract ourselves with a temporary amusement, or to level up your character and persevere (or grind-here the two have the same meaning, but very different connotations) until you complete all tasks set out before you.

Game design from the very early days of computer entertainment focused on the first aspect of playing a game. They were designed to sit in an arcade or a restaurant and provide a fun waste of time. This was partially thanks to the fact that the electronics necessary to create the early video games were costly. For a vastly oversimplified example, "Pong" ran on some resistors and a PIC, yet cost hundreds of dollars. The goals of a game had to be kept as simple and minimal as possible to maximize the power of available technologies as well as user enjoyment.

Modern game design has tended to move towards the second idea. Advances in processing made computers more powerful for less money. This allowed computers to become something more than room filling behemoths only available to universities, corporations, and the government. The affordability of computing power ushered in the age of the personal computer. Consequently, game consoles and other forms of computer entertainment also became more widespread. Advances in digital storage also made it possible for a user to save their input to a game, whether it be the rudimentary completion of challenges or gathering items, or more advanced "user created content," such as characters or even entire levels created by the user.

"Metagaming" is a recent trend that pokes fun at this second aspect of computer gaming. It can be seen as a sort of satire of what has become the central mantra of modern game design. So-called metagames provide no incentive for the user to finish the game other than to finish the game. How does one accomplish this? By completing every single task laid out before them, no matter how trivial, and receiving credit from the game for having done so. These sorts of games, while honestly fun and often well designed and programmed, poke fun at the notion that the only way to truly finish a game is to achieve 100% completion. Here is a list of three fine examples of metagames on Newgrounds.

18 Dec, 2008
Achievement Unlocked
One of the first "metagames," Newgrounds regular JMBT02 creates a game in which the only way to beat it is to unlock all achievements. He even conveniently recognizes the fact that his game is a metagame in the artist comments.

17 Jun 2009
Upgrade Complete
"Upgrade Complete," a game by The-EXP inspired by "Achievement Unlocked" becomes the first upgradable vertical shooter on Newgrounds where you can actually upgrade the "game." This includes graphics, game timer, save system, irritating music, and a mute button for that same music loop you just bought and got sick of but couldn't turn off because you had to do something to unlock the goddamned mute button.

25 November 2009
Level Up!
"Level Up!" becomes the first metagame to first, introduce a plot, and second, make metagaming integral to that plot. The layers of satire are appreciated by all, until it dawns upon some people that maybe because there is a plot to advance that "Level Up!" can no longer be consiered a metagame. These people are rounded up and put in forced labour camps.

Metagames are not only a fun take on my two essential goals of games, they also provide a commentary on the direction of game design. We call metagames satirical because they are a finite, series of goals to complete with no reward for completion other than having completed them (one could say that all computer-based, and even analog games, have no true reward and we play them to play them. To those people I say fuck you, get back to your metaphysics class and stop over complicating my diatribe). Yet, some of the most popular modern games-Oblivion IV, Guildwars, World of Warcraft-have basically the same design, but without being upfront about it. MMORPGs have been notorious for this since their inception, but there is a key difference to be noted: a true metagame has an end. If World of Warcraft is to be taken as an example for the direction games will go in the future, we may well find ourselves looking at a future where all our games are "neometagames," complete with an endless list of checkpoints and accomplishments to swallow our lives and transform a momentary entertainment into a lifetime.


Sexy Grandparents

2009-11-18 05:12:48 by Skazulab
Updated

At times like this, I wonder: was my Grandpa thinking ahead when he married my Grandma? Because she's kind of a fuggo now. I wouldn't do her, and even with my mind's anti-aging software, fifty-five years still doesn't make her doable. But maybe that's because she's my Grandmother, Even with the juvenating plug-in for my mind's eye's Photoshop there's no "Make Grandma Fuckable" automation.

There are also a lot of unknowns. Like, was my Grandma hot back in the day? Did my Grandpa anticipate advances in medical technology that would prolong the average lifetime? To play Devil's advocate-if I was a 21 dude living in the 1940s, I would probably think that the world was going to be torn to hell because of war, and even if it wasn't there were a hundred thousand things that could knock my ass dead before I turned 60, so I better try and have as much fun as i can. Hell, if I marry a girl she's got all the same odds to get offed as me.

All of these questions eventually lead me to an unchanging conclusion. It's the same thing that I sort of believed without rationalizing before tonite, but now there's some good support. There's no telling what the future will hold, so you've got to get down while you can get down.

Get down, Grandpa. Get down.



So my hard drive crashed a few days ago. This will effectively put an end to the submission of songs to the audio portal. To be fair, there weren't that many to begin with, but now we are done for sure. That is all.


T-minus Twenty Days

2009-10-11 23:14:53 by Skazulab
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Till I go Gordon Freeman on your shit portal entries, world. Booyakasha.

T-minus Twenty Days