My Unorganized Thoughts On Microsoft HoloLens

Author's Note: My thoughts carelessly thrown together below. May or may not be in a logical order, but more of how they're coming out of my head as I freely write this. You've been warned for grammar, haha. I've been reading a lot about Microsoft's HoloLens. The more and more I do, the less gimmicky it seems (based on how some people I know are reacting to it), and actually more like a brand new interface device for computers. Somethings I think people are mixing up is the idea that it's something you wear on you 24/7, which isn't the case. It's more like a PC or laptop today, where it comes with you, and you use it when it's appropiate. It's not Google Glass or an Apple Watch. It really seems to be an extension of a computer monitor to the world around you. Applications aren't 'programs' as we…

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Steam Giveaway: Don’t Starve Together Beta & More!

Winners announced! Check the bottom of the post for the list. Winners have 24 hours from 4:30PM, January 9th, 2015, to claim their prizes. Good afternoon! Its been a long while since I last did a giveaway on my blog, and I thought what better way than giving away a really cool collection of games on Steam! I've been digging around through my inventory on Steam, and noticed I have three games to giveaway for you to win! These games are: - Don't Starve Together (Beta) - Contraption Maker - Ace of Spades: Battle Builder To enter to win, simply follow the instructions below. There will be a new way to enter each day, until midnight at January 8th, when the giveaway ends. >> Day 1: Follow the instructions in this Tweet on Twitter! Don't forget to follow me! Day 1's entries are done. If you'd like to help promote the…

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Game Development Recap – 2014

I had a goal to work on a few game development projects in 2014, and I think I did more than succeed that goal. While I actually didn't ship anything due to a few issues that came up with my Apple developer account, I did release a few games on my website or at least create and submit some game jam games! Currently, my game project list this year sits at 10 games, in a mixture of major games I worked on/am currently working on, in various stages from being a major projects, to a game jam project, to a incomplete game concept. Let's check out the list and hope I can improve upon this list throughout 2015! Major Game Projects: Codename Cygnus on Android My current job is working part time at Reactive Studios on Codename Cygnus and a few other unannounced projects. This year we shipped Codename Cygnus…

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Gaming in 2014 – Top 5 Games, Stats and More!

As 2014 winds to a close and I read the "top 10 games of 2014" lists from around the interwebs, I put together my own list of my top games of 2014. Before I jump into the list, I decided to compile some gaming stats from the year. These stats come from the available information from my profiles on Xbox, TrueAchievments, Steam, etc. Let's dive into those first: Fascinating Gaming Statistics of 2014: On Xbox LIVE I unlocked 494 Achievements for a total of 11,264 gamerscore. For Xbox 360 and Xbox One, I won achievements in 46 of the games I played. The top Xbox game that gave me the most achievements and gamerscore this year was Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare. I earned 1200 gamerscore out of 54 achievements in that game! I earned over 1000 gamerscore in three games this year. They were Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare,…

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Creating A Press Kit For Your Indie Game

Game development is only half the battle when it comes to creating a game. The other half is to create a strong presence online so journalists, media outlets and other press members can find and write about your games. To help with that, you should create a press kit for your game. What Is A Press Kit? A press kit is a collection of assets and information that allows the press to easily learn and write about your game. It contains all promotional material you want journalists to use in their coverage, and lets them know the facts about your product. The press kit will help journalists and media outlets save time researching information about your game that may be spread across the internet, and put it in one place for them to read. What To Include In A Press Kit A typical press kit will include all kinds of promotional assets and…

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Spooky Ghosts – Spooky Game Jam

On the night before Halloween, I participated in the Spooky Game jam that the WPI Game Development Club hosted. The goal of the game jam was to create a spooky themed game in 6 hours. I gathered with a team of developers and artists from both my college and WPI and created a game we call Spooky Ghosts! Spooky Ghosts is a game that is a blend between Flappy Bird and Joust. In the game, you control one of the two ghosts and must collect as much candy as you can, either by knocking it out of the other player's basket, or collecting it as it spawns. I'm very proud at how well it turned out and how we scoped the game just right to finish everything from the music, art, sound, and code, just in time for the jam to end. It was one of the most successful game jam…

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Bacon Duel (Bacon Pong) – Bacon Game Jam 8

This weekend I participated in the Bacon Game Jam, an unofficial Reddit community game jam, however it slowly is growing beyond just Reddit. For this year's Bacon Game Jam, the theme was "Millions of Them" and I decided to work with a friend on campus, Jacob Peltola, on the game. We both split the programming work, and he also did the art and sound effects. The game we made is Bacon Duel. Bacon Duel is a arcade styled game inspired by the classic game Pong. In the game, you are moving your bacon paddle up and down trying to block the incoming eggs and score them in your opponent's goal. Eggs spawn quickly, and can quickly crack and spew egg yolk everywhere! For the most part, the game is Pong with many balls (eggs) on screen at once. The game can get pretty exciting at times when there are eggs…

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