Sunday, January 30, 2011

Game Jam 2011 - Eats, Shoots & Leaves

In just a few hours, I've managed to add some nifty SFX and music to Breakfall's Eats, Shoots & Leaves. With this year's theme of "extinction", this Robotron-inspired action game has a panda picking up a shotgun to save his species from extinction by exterminating the bambo-forest destroying human beings. Here's the music I cranked out in about 2 hours. I had sort of been messing with the main theme at home in the last week, but the whole arrangement was done in the Carleton computer lab on my laptop. Game Jam rocks.

My music:

The Breakfall and friends team took away Carleton Game Jam's "participant favourite" award, and an honourable mention from the judges for "most mature execution". Woohoo!

I especially love the awesome artwork by Andrew Jobin for the menu screens, as well as the voxelated goodness of Phil Meyer's amazing engine. Such great work.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Game Jam 2011!

It has been one year since the Breakfall team (and friends) participated in their first Global Game Jam. Last year, with the theme being "deception", we created a two player hotseat XNA game called Flim Flam Fernandez. It was the tale of a philandering king, sneaking past the weary queen to get back to the royal bed after a night out on the village. It also won top honours at the Carleton University 2010 Game Jam.

Though many of the Breakfall group can't attend for various reasons this year, we do have a few people already toiling away to craft something to do with the theme of "extinction". A scheduling conflict sadly leaves me out of the early stages of development, but I'll be heading to Carleton on the final day to add sound. So far I know it involves a giant, enraged panda, and that I can't wait to see what's brewing over there!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

It Is Done

And it's totally, totally sweet.

Check out older posts if you're interested in what this is or how I made it.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Happy New Year!!!

All the best in 2011! Remember, the Mayan calendar runs out at the end of 2012, and many believe this marks the end of the world. So make the most of the next two years!

I, for one, will be using some of the time we have left to finish my hank drum. Though my lovely photographer and wife was not present for the last cutting session, progress is being made. I bought a new dremel tool (I broke my non-name brand tool while trying to cut metal too agressively, sadly), and now I've removed the second horrible, jagged metal weld from the future playing surface of my drum-to-be. Only one weld left. The dremel with a fiberglass metal-cutting wheel seems to work way better, progress is good!

My other New Year's resolution is to put more hours into various personal projects and get some things FINISHED. Marvin's Mittens is at the top of that list, because it's time to get 'er done! This week I'm making snow fort visual assets! Yay for sound guy art!