Archive for January, 2008

IndieFAQs: Update 6

IndieFAQs makes it to 45 games (just five less than I originally wanted to have at the launch, heh).

No user submissions this time, unfortunately. The five new games added are Knytt, Kingdoms, Banana Nababa, and Bernie’s adventure games Reactor 09 and Cedric and the Revolution (pictured).

The real announcement this time, however, is that IndieFAQs has moved to its own domain. Update your bookmarks to www.indiefaqs.com!

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IndieFAQs: Update 5

Another update to IndieFAQs. 5 new games added (I think I’ve settled on that as the standard “update size”), leaving the wiki with 40 games in total.

New additions this time are Cho Ren Sha 68K by another anonymous contributor, Dwarf Fortress by Derek Yu, and three more that I added: Guardian of Paradise, Ikachan and Nelly Cootalot (pictured).

Also, thanks to Jeb there’s a page for subcategories now. You may need to do a hard refresh (Ctrl+F5) to update the sidebar.

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IndieFAQs: Update 4

Yet another update to IndieFAQs, with another five games. Added this time are Gregg the Egg courtesy of an anonymous contributor, Sexy Hiking courtesy of Jared, and three more which I added: Jet Set Willy: Online, Jumper 2, and at last, An Untitled Story.

There are now 35 games on IndieFAQs.

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Jigsaw Falling into Place

I’ve got a real update coming later on, but for now, just thought I’d share this – it’s the video from Radiohead’s new single, Jigsaw Falling Into Place. The band members have attached cameras pointing at their faces to bicycle helmets. The result is quite trippy…

This tendency to experiment is why Radiohead are probably my all time favourite band (this, and their music, of course 🙂 ). I didn’t really take to In Rainbows though – it sounded a lot like Thom Yorke’s solo album, which I didn’t really care for. I should probably give it another shot.

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IndieFAQs: Update 3

Another small update to IndieFAQs, with five new games. The site now has walkthroughs for 30 games.

The new additions are Eternal Daughter, courtesy of Boder, Fedora Spade, Missing and Immortal Defense courtesy of Paul Eres, and also Within a Deep Forest. I’m having trouble finding walkthroughs for Nifflas’ other games – if you know of any, please let me know – or better yet, add them to the IndieFAQs yourself!

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The Hunt, again

So, that’s the end of that – my little offline experiment didn’t seem to have much of a point, so now I’m back online.

Here’s a little something I’ve been looking at over the last few days: my old GBA game, The Hunt. (If you haven’t already played it, you can get it at that link. You’ll need a GBA emulator or a flash card to play it.)

I’ve thought about sitting down and porting it to the DS, but I can’t justify the time involved to do it – which is a bit annoying, since if I was working nine to five somewhere I could set whatever timetable I liked for myself. But I guess there have to be some drawbacks to being self employed 🙂

My new game is a puzzle/adventure game that is starting to take shape, and with any luck should be released before I run out of money (which, at the moment, is March/April or thereabouts!). Hopefully I’ll have something to show very soon. This is something I’ve wanted to work on for years, but I won’t really know if it’s going to work until I implement it. I have a feeling I’m on to something, though 🙂

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Colin’s Bear Animation

This video changed the way I look at EVERYTHING.

Movius Longhair, creator of the revolutionary Weißer Punkt in der Schwarzlücke, was able to add a further insight to the experience.

Artist’s Statement:

It has reached the point where the limits of expression through bear animation have been explored exhaustively.

With this piece I hope to break new ground in artistic analysis of the human psyche through the new genre of Post-Bear Animation.

My desire is that this work will help to mature the medium of youtube videos.

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The other side

Today is my 8,742nd unbirthday. But I ask you, what is an unbirthday? Wikipedia defines it as “as an event that is typically celebrated on any of the 364 or 365 days in which it is not the person’s birthday. It is a neologism coined in Lewis Carroll‘s Through the Looking Glass, giving rise to “The Unbirthday Song” in the 1951 Disney animated film Alice in Wonderland”.”

“This article was nominated for deletion on 22/2/2006. The result of the discussion was no consensus.”

This post represents proof of my apparent Internet addiction (which wikipedia reckons isn’t a real addiction, but what does wikipedia know anyway?), demonstrating my inability to stay offline and focus on making my new puzzle game for even a day.

That’s actually a lie. I worried that my site might be a bit boring over the next few weeks (what with me not updating it and everything), so I queued up some nonsense articles and postdated them. So yey, nothing to worry about yet!

Fun fact: if you leave a comment here, it’ll be weeks before I see it! Whatever “weeks” means.

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An aside

Today is my 24th birthday. But I ask you, what is a birthday? Wikipedia defines it as “the name given to the day that some people in many cultures celebrate the anniversary of the day they were born. It is often marked by a birthday party and/or friends when gifts are given to the person celebrating the birthday. It is also customary to treat people specially on their birthday, either generally acceding to their wishes, or subjecting them to a rite of transition.”

“Some adults loathe celebrating it as it reminds them that they are getting progressively older.”

The article is also accompanied by this wonderful picture of a random man celebrating his birthday:

Anyway, that’s enough of that.

I’m starting to worry that I’m spending altogether too much time online. The little I’ve read about internet addiction cuts quite close. In particular, I think the time I spend online could be affecting the amount of work I’m doing on my new project (which really should be further along than it is at this stage).

So starting tomorrow, I’m going to unplug my network card for a few weeks. Just to see if it makes a difference.

See you in a few weeks days!

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IndieFAQs: Update 2

A minor update to IndieFAQs with five new games – all Yahtzees. They are the Chzo Mythos games 5 Days a Stranger, 7 Days a Skeptic, Trilby’s Notes and 6 Days a Sacrifice, and also Adventures in the Galaxy of Fantabulous Wonderment.

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