March 30 2016

well I have been taking a break on programing due to my friend having last week off so I spent time with him and other friends. but I'm back at it again I went to bed at 9pm and woke up at midnight and couldn't get back to sleep so I have spent the last 2 hours coding pretty much. I finally figured out why the enemy formation was not moving properly in my laser defender game. it was such a stupid small error really. I cut and pasted to much of my code into a different function from the start function so basically the code that was suppose to determine the bounders of the screen so the enemy formation would never go out side of the main camera was never set till a enemy was spawned in but by then the formation had already moved to far to the right and was at the edge of the screen so the code was trying to move it back to the left but then because it was to far already it would immediately call the move right command and would just get stuck there. So with that fixed everything is working properly again added sound effects with code instead of on the prefab of the object as well which may or may not be a better way of doing the sound effects. also played around with the particle system to make a star field in the background as well as added a animation for the enemies to come into the screen instead of just popping up at their positions all in all it looks pretty good. This has taken me a lot longer then expected due to simple little errors i keep making in my code the joys of coding by your self is you have no one else to look at it and go there is your problem the main thing I miss about being in school was the interaction I could have with fellow programmers maybe that is why I want to go back to school so badly.

 

but as for the school thing I'm not entirely sure if I would learn much more then I am already learning with this online course and what i am messing around with. So I'm kinda on the back burner for that having another diploma or degree would be nice on the wall though I will admit. but money time and my age are all factors in this. As some people think that a 40 year old should not program not that I am 40 yet but if I go to school again for 4 more years or even 2 I will be in my mid 30s. I know from what I have read and asked around is a lot of people think it shouldn't matter but the industry kinda seems to be going with that. i wouldn't mind being a indie game maker though i would most likely need a small team to do that. but as for now I'll work towards being able to make a small game for my phone eventually and see where that takes me. In the end I would love to make an rts game I have some other ideas of games I would  like to try making in the future. Really the only thing that is holding me back is my laziness and my lack of being able to make graphics for my games. That is why a simple mobile game might be my best option to get my name out there in the industry don't really need super cutting edge graphics. Some day i will need to move back to Edmonton and take part in their indie game development contests they sound pretty fun but I will need a team or be part of a team before that ever happens. Just things that I dream about if they happen is really up to my desire to make it happen. Before I got laid off i really got to comfortable just going into work and doing the job and nothing else mattered to me a very bad state to let my self get into for sure it really killed my creative side sure I was writing a lot more poetry back then but I did feel like I was being pulled down into something that I'm not sure about. But i did feel like I was just on a closed loop. So for that I'm am very grateful that I got laid off now I can at least reach out for something else other then getting up every day to go to work the same job. but on the flip side at the moment it is hard to get a job that pays even more then what my ei is paying out which really sucks being home all the time is boring. I'm not sure how people could be happy with not working at all in life and just sitting around doing nothing all day but playing games and such I guess I will get used to being home all the time sooner or later my sleeping pattern is already very messed up so it will only be a matter of time I'm sure. All well that is all for today so till next time.

March 9th 2016

Well it is currently 5am on this lovely wed. Today I finally uploaded the newest version of the block breaker game I've been working on. I finally got all the changes that i listed in my older post done to the game. So if you want to give her a try I posted it in the forums. It took me some time to get some stuff to work mainly because I upgraded to the newest version of unity3d and some of the stuff was broken so I had to fix a lot of code that worked fine before. Now for a list of things I want to try and add before I release another version of the game

-Power ups (these will spawn at random from brick when they are broken) ei. extra balls in play, a laser gun on the paddle maybe. increase paddle size, decrease paddle size...

- More levels and more levels. Not sure if I'm going to break zones into 5 or 10 levels at the moment

- a menu on the press of esq key so you can control the volume of the game and go back to the main menu

- a simple score board when you win or lose so you can compete with your old scores (will try to make it a database thing later on)

- maybe change the bricks and paddles sprites again

- set up effects for when the paddle moves to side to side maybe put a fire on the edges of the paddle to make it look like it is  using boosters to move

 

That should be all i need to do for the next version i have some other ideas but adding to much in one go will make me lose site of the entire project you know the saying one thing at a time. I might get some friends to make some levels for the game since i got it all coded in a easy way to make levels in the editor. I did change some extra stuff that was not listed in my last list for the game though. i added code to control the music player so when you die the music stops and added a menu song and a game song. Later on this will be used to switch songs when you get to further levels in the game like i said above maybe every 5 or 10 levels. I figure the background will be changed as well with the music.

And in other news I started the laser defense game on my course its kinda a top down shooter with enemy ships coming at you. I'm going to try and make it more like the classic top down shooters like raiden that should be fun this game I might be able to turn into a mobile game as well if I do it right. The only problem is I can't work on both games at the same time so I'll have to put the block breaker game on hold for a bit.

Other then that I have not been spending to much time on my keyboard lately I will have to change that in the future. i also really need to work on this website some more its pretty empty and doesn't look the greatest we will see if I have enough time juggling all this stuff around. I still need to find a job since i got laid off 3 weeks ago now pretty much. I have been told that they might call us all back when they get some of the pads up and going out at esso so I guess I always have that. till then I'll be spending time on making games and learning new stuff keeping my self busy so this time I have now is not wasted.  But that is all for now have a good day :)

 

March 2 2016

well this is the first entry in this. Its going to be more a test then anything. Well what to say well today was uneventful didn't do much I spent more time cleaning my room and setting up my fourth computer tower in my room to run as a server host for a game called ark. Might play some of that on the weekend.

 

My electronic keyboard finally came in the mail so i can finally start doing my piano lessons as of right now my fingers do not like to do what I'm telling them mainly the one beside my pinky it keeps trying to come down on a key with my pinky and middle finger stupid thing.  I'll see what I can do about that with more practice.

I guess another thing I got done today was getting this site back up and running. i see that the template colours seems to be kinda messed up on some areas so will have to redo that in the future. Uploaded some of my game files as well uploaded rampage pong in the forum as well as the block breaker game I've been working on for the last 4 or so days now. Its part of a class I'm taking online just did the basics through the class but now I'm adding my own stuff. Any ways that is also available in the forums to try out it is a pretty watered down game thus far have alot of things to add still. Got to change the sound effects first off the ones that the class gave us to use are not that great. so that will be on the top of my list for the next update of the game. As for rampage pong i can't find the original files for it so that game is pretty much dead. I just uploaded it to the site so i had something else up here at the moment.

Now for some stuff more for my self then the rest of you. I'm going to make a list of things i need to change on the block breaker game in the next version I make

-Change the sound effects

-re-do the main menu

-add a timer to the level code to add extra points to the player

-actually show the player their score and lives they have

-change the background images

-add some better level set ups and make more levels

-limit the max speed of the ball(when it goes to fast it goes threw the box collider on the paddle and makes the player lose a life)

that is probably all I should do for the next version. The online course was just a paddle and a ball with one life. I added the life system and score system the other day and had some problems at first since I was linking scripts to other scripts with out telling the code where to find the classes I was calling for. was kinda embarrassing  well I finally figured out why my lives counter was not getting called. I had the player score working but that was connect to a brick object and the lives lost was connect to the losscollider.  but that is it for tonight since its 2am here I should get my self to bed and stop messing around with the website. I should get some poems up on here tomorrow and maybe I'll write a new one with a picture or something later on today on here.