I heard some talk about the game Into the Breach by the Waypoint podcast crew that really made me think about the emotional weight of giant mecha anime that often gets overlooked. Movies like Pacific Rim and Godzilla usually touch on the larger-than-life terror of fighting something bigger than yourself but 80’s anime usually dug deeper into the human cost of living titans destroying your life. Austin Walker specifically talked about Robotech and inspired me to check the series out. Then I saw a tweet about an Emotional Mecha RPG jam on itch. So I made a thing.
Alright, test time–do you use Wattpad? Is that a thing that people use? I want to start putting more of myself out there for people to see and share. I know I’m not that great of a writer (in like world-wide standings) but I also know that in today’s world I won’t get anywhere without regular material. Wattpad supposedly offers solutions for writers to get noticed more and garnish more readers.
So I’ve been following different indie game developers on Twitter for a while now. I’ve felt like an imposter or like I was party crashing listening to them talk about their work. A few of these people on Twitter announced that they are putting on a ‘Salvage Jam‘ for old unfinished projects. I decided to sign up to force myself to actually finish something. I don’t want to be ‘faking it’, I just want to be ‘making it (the game that is)’.
Greetings! The holidays were a whirlwind here. My last day of work for the year was also the day I saw the Last Jedi and the day I graduated (and that was the first night). Christmas break is traditionally a time of the year where I make big promises to not deliver on. I always say I’m gonna do big things but usually just take a break. This year wasn’t really any different but then I started the year off sick.
I’ve been a bundle of nerves for the last few weeks. I took my comprehensive examination for my graduate program a few weeks ago. It was a weekend long essay test. I had heard horror stories about it but couldn’t really devote time to thinking about that. The weekend came and I made nearly every mistake possible as a test taker. Turned it in and prayed. Then waited for my results. I saw a friend on Facebook post that they had passed and it took a full minute to remember we are in the same program. So I rushed out to my school email…
Hey! A long… Long… LONG time ago I completed the Game Maker tutorial for ‘Catch the Clown’. It’s a super simple tutorial that comes with GM. I played around with it and made my own version that you can try out on my itch.io page.