Freaking awesome! I wish it was longer.
This week I’m working on the Cipher Prime Dev Night 12 hour game jam game. The jam games aren’t ever completed in those 12 hours, while the idea is that most of the game is to be created at the office over 12 hours, most folks go home with their idea and work on it throughout the week. Cipher Prime Dev Night is every Thursday with a game jam happening once a month. We generally pick a theme and then give ourselves a week to think up our game’s design. We then play and vote on all the games, picked the one we thought was the best of the lot. This month’s theme is “options” and we are spicing it up a little bit with a sponsor and a prize. Intel’s Level Up Competition will be providing the winner of the jam with a very nice solid state drive.
So the gloves are off this month and I’m making a decent effort at making a fun simple game for the jam. It took me a while to figure out exactly what that fun simple game should be. While most of the folks at Dev Night had a pretty good idea of what they wanted to create by last Thursday, I was still staring off into space trying to figure it out. By the end of the evening I had started working on a game that would become what you see in the image above. Unfortunately, I’m still staring blankly at my screen trying to figure out what exactly it is. I’ve got 3 more days to figure it out.
**UPDATE – I’ve got a web player version of the game (a work in progress) at downloads.quadratron.com/Arecibo/Arecibo.html.
I don’t often find rock tracks that I like. I like this one. Apparently it’s been around for a long time. I had been hearing it as musical accompaniment on Starcraft 2 pro gamer DeMuslim’s stream. Their sound (at least for this track) reminds me mostly of bands with similar guitar effects like The Cure and New Order, but as some others have mentioned, very similar to the vocal style of Smashing Pumpkins. Enjoy!
This past week my friend Nicole and I went down to Raleigh, North Carolina, for the East Coast Game Conference. Her as an editor at Warp Zoned, and I as her “technical support”. By technical support I mean photographer, and by photographer I mean tag along friend who happens to have a camera. Well I had a camera for the first day. On Thursday I accidently left my Nikon D5000 in the ON position, which left it without much battery life to take photos. iPhone to the rescue?
This weekend I’ll be participating in an online game jam called Ludum Dare. I haven’t decided if I’m going to do the solo compo or the team jam with fellow QuadraTron regulars. Regardless, I’ve had great fun with past Ludum Dare events and this one should be no exception. I’ll be streaming my development desktop (with a webcam PiP) while streaming some awesome music from the QuadraTron channel at Twitch (or watch the stream below). Feel free to join in on the fun by watching the stream and saying “hi!”
Hey my Facebook peeps. After today I will be “going black” on Facebook on a personal level. I’ll be “deleting” as much as my personal content as is possible as well as reducing my time surfing the new feed. I’m not going completely dark on the intarwebz, I’m working on making my personal website/blog a place where you all can see what it is I’ve been doing with my time.
If you surf on over to http://www.zenasprime.net/ you be able to keep up on what I am up to. For those who know what RSS is, I’ll be providing a feed so that you can add the site to your list. Additionally, if you are someone with a bit of DIY spirit and would like some help setting up a blog, website, or what have you, I’m willing to provide free web hosting to my friends (though I’ll gladly accept donations) along with some rudimentary help getting it set up.
I wont be “deleting” my facebook account. I still want to be able to contact you folks here if there isn’t any other way. I’m also looking into how I can have Facebook contact me with info about event and such so that I’m not totally out of the loop on things. For most of you who know me, I’m really easy to contact via email, IM, Skype, twitter, etc… I’ll probably be posting some of that info here for peeps as well. For those of you who don’t have the more personal contact info (email, IM, etc) just message me here and I’ll send you all you will need to keep me in the loop.
Lastly, I’ll be keeping my “professional” Facebook presence for spamming you peeps with news about my personal projects and business adventures. So if you are someone who’s sole internet existence is here on Facebook, no worries, I’ll still be blasting you with links to my cool endeavors.
Oh and Fuck CISPA!