J-Pop Girls - More Progress

Some progress on the first chunk of my JPop/Weapon animation. :) Working out Sakura first, then I can use her bip as a starting point for the other two. My goal is to get this animation done by the end of the year - I'm pretty sure I can make it.


VV Game Jam

Yesterday was Vicarious Visions's first Game Jam! We had from 10am until 12am (14 hours) to work in small teams on a game. It was a blast!

The theme was "the pixel" so we made a sort of puzzle/adventure game where you lead a heard of pixels through a series of levels. Based on the color of your group, you can transform them into different objects to traverse obstacles. You can either combine with other pixels, which makes your group bigger (to traverse larger obstacles) and also mixes the colors of the 2 groups which prevents you from transforming -- or absorbing pixels, which changes your color without changing your size, but also leave behind 'dead pixels' which remain on screen throughout the level.

All art assets besides the animated sprites were made by Brent LaDue.

We might try to do a little more cleanup work on it so it's more easily playable, but for 14 hours we did pretty well. :) My time was spent in the initial brainstorming with everyone, figuring out the puzzle progression with Rob (who is a designer), creating level designs (my first time - and it was fun!) and creating animations. Unfortunately most of the animations did not make it in game, but I've posted them below because I think they're fun. This is my first time creating animated sprites. :)

Pixel swarm animations! Idles (3 sizes)

Dying (there are hazards in game)

Ladder transformations (2 sizes)

Bridge transformation (only time for one, but there would be 3)

At home, I've also been working on some games of my own in Game Maker. I'm excited to keep working on them!

Sun & Moon (puzzle game)

Bollywood (music rhythm & platformer)


J Pop Girls - Progress

Look - progress! All 3 girlies are in the scene and I've just started touching up the old bip from the animatic I made back in July.

In fact! Since I mentioned it, I've just uploaded the animatic (technically a 1st pass animation...). There's still some timing that needs work (hold on robot is too long - but then, he'll probably do something cooler than hanging upside-down), and some of the action after is too quick. Also this is back when there was just going to be one girl. :)

Note: The song is "Ai no Senshi (Soldiers of Love)" by Serizawa Rui from Sailor Moon!


Game Maker

Today I took a day long workshop at the office to learn Game Maker! I made 2 games: breakout, and my own game, where you are a mommy dinosaur who is protecting little baby dinosaurs from being eaten. :) I look forward to creating more games!!! (I will give them better art - and try and actually make them fun. ;) )

I will try and post links to the .exe files soon.