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 Post subject: Introductions!
PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2012 5:33 pm 
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Hey everybody this is an introductions thread. Please introduce yourself if you want.


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 Post subject: Re: Introductions!
PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2012 5:36 pm 
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I'm Calvin and I live in an apartment with a cat and a girl. I make games and work a job!

Making games is just something I always wanted to do, ever since getting a NES as a grade-4 5 or 6er. Some of my personal favorite games are Chrono Trigger, Super Mario Bros. 3, Ultima VI, Zelda: LTTP, and so forth. I remember in Grade 4 5 or 6 going to a friend's house at lunch and playing Zelda (the original LoZ.) His house smelled like cigarette smoke since both his parents were smokers; mine weren't so this was the earliest time I smelled cigarette smoke very much. To this day cigarette smoke, especially when stale reminds me of LoZ.

In junior high and high school I had trouble fitting in, for various reasons. I spent a lot of time coding, like on a VIC-20 and before that a Timex Sinclair ZX-81 which is just a weird little computer. But the VIC-20 was a dream to me and I learned a lot. I remember first realizing how GOSUB worked and it was such a MIND FUCK! I couldn't believe it, hahaha.

Later on my family got a 386 PC which I remember was just incredibly expensive. We didn't have much money so it was a big deal. I monopolized this although it was the family computer, and through junior high I became a better and better programmer.

By High School I sort of knew what I was doing and made some games, I don't really remember. I did have some friends and a social life in Grade 11, which was nice. Somewhere in there i played just shitloads of Ultima VI, just coming home after school every day and playing it for hours. Looking back it was just crazy to be obsessed with a game that much. BRB Skyrim.

Anyways between High School and the first part of university I finished my first big game, Legacy Forest which you can download on my games page. It is pretty ambitious but technically had some problems which made it incredibly unweildy to work with. Like days to get a single cutscene in. It was just a shockingly huge amount of work to make that game, and really quite un-fun. I vowed to not put myself in a position of such an unweildy system again.

After that I started work on an auto-generated space exploration sim, Venture the Void. That was also a ton of work, I think I spent about a year on terrain algorithms though this was mostly wasted time. However it wasn't so hard to work with, so even when it was done I didn't hate it. There are some really cool early prototypes of Venture the Void, some weird stuff that I should dig up sometime. Anyhow this was started when I was in Uni but not finished until after. I lived at home after graduating and didn't really have a job. So I released this game but it didn't sell very many copies so life just continues on.

In the meantime I started work on The Real Texas which I'm just about to release. Although not perfect I feel it's my first legitimately great game. I sometimes get a weird feeling when playing a game that I know very well, like Zelda: LTTP, where I think I was the one who made the game. Like, "oh I remember programming this." Super weird feeling and a real letdown when I realize I had actually zero role in the creation of that game. But with The Real Texas it's the same feeling but in this case I actually did make it.

I've focused really more on game design and art, rather than programming, for the past several years. It's really cool to see other people who learned to make games with gamemaker instead of by programming, because they are so much better designers and really are able to think higher level more easily. Yeah I have the programming chops but I feel pretty green when I have actual design problems.

Well these are "my" forums so I suppose this intro post isn't disproportionately self-indulgent, ha ha ha. Let us continue...

Apart from all this I am really lucky to have a great partner and a cat and an apartment, a good job-- I'm lucky that I legitimately enjoy computer programming because it lets me make enough money to support this wacky lifestyle. I work a few days a week for money and spend the other days working on games. I got to go to Thailand and Hong Kong after getting married, went for 3 months in total. It was such a fantastic thing and I will return!!

I really do like riding bikes, I don't have a car because while living with my parents I was unemployed and thus they were too expensive. When I met my partner I was always biking up to her place and back so I just sort of became a cyclist. Nowadays I just do everything by bike, year round. So that's kind of a wierd thing about me. I'm also way healthier than I used to be, but I don't usually think of it as exercise.

I think I am a certified "retro-grouch" which means I like old, quality things and think most new things, at least the affordable things, are usually really bad quality. For instance I like wool pants and listen to vinyl LPs. Being a retrogrouch is kind of like being a hipster but without being in denial about it. Ha ha ha! Hipsters. Actually to tell you the truth as near as I can tell a "Hipster" is actually just a young white person with fashion sense. I'm a bit older than a typical hipster anyhow (born 1979.)

OK! This is seriously by far the most self-indulgent thing I have ever written, and there it shall stand.

*** PARTY TIME ***

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 Post subject: Re: Introductions!
PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2012 10:07 pm 
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Sup. Figured that maybe The Real Texas is about to come out and decided to come hang out and stalk the place. =)

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 Post subject: Re: Introductions!
PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2012 2:13 am 
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Hey Pai, thanks for hanging out, that's the first post since I set up the forums. Otherwise it's just me sort of talking to myself.

You are totally right, I'm getting ready to release Texas so I want to make sure to have the forums up before that. I'm going to set up a forum for game prototypes and stuff, which might be kind of interesting; right now it's pretty dead around here =)

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 Post subject: Re: Introductions!
PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2012 6:31 am 
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That's fine, I'm a forum addict. =)

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 Post subject: Re: Introductions!
PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2012 6:34 am 
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I'm Sheldon and I promised myself to never embarrass myself in an introduction thread again, since there are still records from when I was 12, so here goes:

I met Calvin at GGJ and a couple meetups and I think he is a great guy.

My favourite games are Doom, Morrowind, Dark Souls, and Final Fantasy Tactics. I also have a soft spot for old first person shooters, dungeon crawlers, and roguelikes.

I spend most of my time at university, working, or doing odd jobs that I promised I would do for someone about 6 months ago.

I make video games too just nothing finished that I'm proud of yet.

Hello.


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 Post subject: Re: Introductions!
PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2012 5:47 am 
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Woo Sheldon thanks for dropping by. We should hang out sometime, sometimes I get together with Vieko and Mike for beer, next time you should come along if you want.

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 Post subject: Re: Introductions!
PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 6:26 am 
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For sure! Let me know when that goes down via Facebook or email or something, I'm staying here all summer this year so it would be great to actually have something to do...


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 Post subject: Re: Introductions!
PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 3:06 am 
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Cow wrote:
For sure! Let me know when that goes down via Facebook or email or something, I'm staying here all summer this year so it would be great to actually have something to do...


Okay we will do it! Maybe next week sometime, one time we went and hung at Eau Claire, they have wireless internet and plugins and comfy chairs, and then after we went and got beer. We have also hung at the castell library, probably the uni or else ACAD would work too. Okay I'm making a new thread for this!

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 Post subject: Re: Introductions!
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Hi I'm Owen McManus. I make games when my kids let me. Other than that, I make art with whatever tools I have on hand. I'll weld something, or carve something, or model rig and animate something in Maya. Pencils are cool too.
That is all.


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 Post subject: Re: Introductions!
PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2012 10:57 pm 
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Hi,
i'm the guy who left you the inappropiately(sp?) long messages on the alone sword site. I'm a gamemaker at heart but never get very far. It's always amazing for me too to see people who can barely program(not meant as insult) make excellent and fun games while all i get out of it is at the best of times some more programming skills. And fun of course. Anyway i like your games and i figured i'd hang around here to wait for the real texas


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 Post subject: Re: Introductions!
PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2012 11:44 pm 
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Hey @concray and @owen, thanks for joining the forums.

Your messages on the Alone Sword page were great, every bit of feedback really means a lot to me. Keep making games, don't worry if you don't finish them, that is really quite normal. I have uh, far too many to count unfinished and unreleased games...

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 Post subject: Re: Introductions!
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Hello, I've met nobody and live near none of you. I only heard of Calvin and Real Texas like two days ago.

I like to draw and write and make comics when I'm not raging at my deplorable intolerable lack of skill like all the cool artists do. When I was a kid no one gave me vidyagames, so all I had until I was like 15 was King's Quest V because it came with the computer. It was entirely lame but so gorgeous that I decided I was going to be a game creator. I have entirely failed to do this because programming looks hard and more boring than the art bits.

I also live with cat.


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 Post subject: Re: Introductions!
PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2012 10:26 pm 
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Hey welcome to the forums Corridor! =) I also remember KQV, I really liked it. It was I think the only KQ game I've ever played. It was just on the edge of when Sierra started making their puzzles totally too ridiculously hard. But a really beautiful game.

KEEP ARTING! =) Game making is getting more and more possible with less and less programming, for instance with GameMake or Unity. It's still technical of course but definitely not requiring of hardcore programming skills like it used to (obviously it depends on what you want to do...) I'd say that art is maybe the more valuable skill in a lot of ways... Look at a lot of (maybe most) famous game designers and they were primarily artists. Of course lots of them had programmers they could work with, but still...

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 Post subject: Re: Introductions!
PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2012 8:30 pm 
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Hello im Dan!
I'm obsessed with the real texas and very glad I spent my money on it.
Even though I am known to rage quit (Calvin you probably know from twitter :wink: )
I still enjoy this game, I have been I'll for a few days so this game gave me something to do.
I Am now a loyal fan Calvin and will follow him to the end (<--- True Fanboy)
I Haven't been playing games recently apart from The Real Texas but other games I enjoy at the moment are Sniper Elite V2 , Skyrim and Assassins Creed Revelations.
This was my short introduction which basically had nothing to do about me so ENJOY
au revoir MOI!


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