Lost in Space: Game Development Update – 6/3/14

For the past few weeks I've been working on a small iPhone/iPad game called Lost in Space. In the game, you control an astronaut who has disconnected from their spaceship and is now flying through the infiniteness of space. You dodge asteroids, collect power-ups and try to see how far you can get before the inevitable happens. I had the idea for this game after watching the movie Gravity many months back, however I just haven't had the time to sit down and make the game. I thought the idea of an untethered astronaut could make a great infinite runner. Current Progress: Alpha As of right now, I am about 20 hours or so into the project. I've been tracking my progress through a modified version of a burndown chart, made for tracking just myself and the entire project at once instead of on a weekly basis. For more on…

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In App Purchases: Why I Have No Problem With Them

We live in a different gaming industry compared to what we had  many, many years ago. Back in the day, there was no such thing as "downloadable content," there were expansion packs that you bought at the store. There also was nothing that you could buy to supplement your gameplay experience, but there were cheat codes. Nowadays, extra content and supplements are usually found in the form of in app purchases in games. Many developers, notably Zygna, noticed the power of IAP's early on with their Facebook and mobile games, and many other developers have followed suit and have added them in their games. While they typically are a huge success for developers, many gamers find them insulting and have thoughts against the in app purchases. Personally, I have no problems with them. However, I am not everyone. As one person, I do not represent the entire gaming community. I…

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Kickstarter Report: Codename Cygnus – Interactive Radio Drama Comes to Your iPhone

Jonathon Myers, a well respected game and narrative designer in the Boston area has recently launched a Kickstarter for Codename Cygnus, an interactive radio drama for your iPhone. After hearing Jonathon tease the project for months on end at various local game developer meetups, it's great to see the Kickstarter to help push them right to the finish line for the project and help them create something unique and wonderful. In Codename Cygnus, you "play as a secret agent in an interactive fictional world inspired by old time radio dramas." Using voice recognition to interact and engage, you interact with this interesting story. The game is 100% story driven and is surely to be a fun experience. The game features some well known voice actors, such as: Logan Cunningham - Narrator from Bastion, Sarah Elmaleh - Skulls of the Shogun & Gone Home, Chris Ciulla - Fallout: New Vegas, and many…

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