February has been another busy month, To start we had a new front door fitted. Its double glazed and makes such a difference to the temperature in the hall its amazing. We have also had some builders around that have done some plastering of what we hope to be old damp spots.
I have also been decorating around the in-laws house and fighting a nasty cold. This week of course the kids have been off of school for half term and have the rest of the week to try to keep them entertained.
I still have managed to get some videos out on my YouTube channel and a stream on Twitch part of which I already have put up on YouTube and you will find linked below.
Sadly it would seem that I have lost a couple of my subscribers 😦 But i’m hoping that I’ll soon have much more content up for anyone that actually does enjoy my videos.
I at least enjoy making them 😀
Anyway linked below are some of the more recent videos that i have uploaded this month
I have had an interest in game development for years now often dabbling in to mod making or producing a few maps for games like command and conquer and unreal tournament. I have never really tried anything much more complicated as I have very very limited knowledge of coding. And the things that I have made I have never really felt as either complete enough or good enough to release and as you may be able to tell with how often I update this blog, I do have an issue keeping focused on just one thing at a time.
I have tried several different ideas for games and I have tried several different game engines. My most successful attempt was with YOYOgames Gamemaker Inspired somewhat by games such as Gunpoint. I managed to follow the tutorials and ended up with a end product that worked and that I was happy with. I have also tired to use unity several times and tired some of their own project tutorials and guilds but I have always ended up bouncing off it because I haven’t found the tutorials engaging enough. I keep coming back to unity because I like its flexibility in terms of the kind of games that can be produced and the sheer amount of platforms that unity supports with out to much fussing around.
I was browsing steam and came across a tutorial program for unity that was just happened to be under £2 so I bought it. I normally rely on free tutorials because paid ones are normally very very expensive But I figured that at £2, if they were no good it would only be a small amount of money wasted. Fortunately they seem pretty good and you also get a few resources as well and although I am now only two and a half video’s in, I am enjoying it and the person that is talking you though it is not treating you like an idiot but also not expecting you to automatically know stuff. And the great thing is that because they are in video form you can see and hear what is going on and if you need to you can pause and go over things as many times as you need to.
The tutorial is called GTGD which stands for Gamer to Game Developer S1 and can be found on steam HERE
The version of unity used in the tutorial is a bit old (version 3.4) and the teacher is using windows XP but its not really a problem and apparently if you want to use the new version of unity (version 4.0) instead S2 of GTGD tells you what changes are required between the versions.
I am looking forward to continuing on and seeing what I end up with. I already have an .exe of the prototype that he guides you to build and I’ll upload it here. Its by no means anything special at this point in the tutorial but you cant help getting that feeling of accomplishment when it works.
I am going to try and post with prehaps a prototype after every stage maybe that will also help me keep focused 😛
This is my latest Let’s play video. Its a game that has just come available on Steam as an early access, You might have played it on the web or on mobile this version at its core seems to be the same game spruced up for a full pc experience there are also options for multiplayer and challenges although these arnt currently implemented.
i am rather interested to see how the multiplayer will work
This one is an unusual one. I saw the game become available on steam the other day and wondered how on earth they could make a game about being a game mechanic.
Of course I really shouldnt have been surprised considering how many of sim games are now available. I am one of those people that like sim games but have got used to them being pretty poor and pretty badly limited in what you are actually able to do.
I have to say that Car Mechanic Simulator 2014 actually seems pretty competent. As your’ll see in the video I played the first full mission but what you wont see is that I had got half way through the second mission before my computer crashed which isnt the games fault. From what i have played already the game is well made has great graphics and seems to cover alot of varing situations. The game is stable and I had a good time with it. Check out my video and then find the game on steam.
I am hoping to upload further missions very soon. Also look out for further episodes of my Age of Empires videos.
I have been doing Lets Play Videos for a few years now even before they had become popular, I used to call them Play through videos and if you go back through my video uploads on my YouTube channel Link .
For some reason I have never really bothered putting them onto this blog, I’m not going to go back through the history of two hundred odd videos and posting them on here but I am going to start off with my last couple.
They are Age of the Empires 2: HD Edition Part One and Part Two which are parts of a longer stream I did on Twitch.tv Link
I hope you enjoy and as always feel free to leave constructive feedback either on the posts or on YouTube.