At this weekend’s Fillmore Jazz Festival in SF (san francisco), i was pleasantly surprised n delighted (and grateful) that the very first pair of my handmade [shroom-Dice赤い] had been bought!
(and now also available for purchase on Etsy HERE~)
Unfortunately, as i’d not gotten quite enough sleep the two nights prior, i lacked the time nor energy to make another pair in time for Sunday’s day2 of the Jazz Fest. Still, i wonder if the dice have already be played with (it has not yet been 24hr.―since the sale was made―as of this initial writing on july 3rd, Sun.), or if they simply adorn someone’s shelf or coffee table, adding just that bit more of geeky-coolness to their room or game-den?
It’s a tricky thing, finding a nice (and hopefully profitable) balance between designing what one personally likes and what will likely Continue reading →
Rather than hitting the party scene in some crazy getup, i’ve voluntarily cooped up indoors on a rainy (or at least wet-ish) Halloween night, workin’ on the computer with some vector-art (plus a healthy dose of photoshoppery) and drawing up avatar “costumes” for some friends…which ultimately boils down to a solitary endeavor that feels Continue reading →
This isn’t an actual screenshot to showcase any sort of playable game-dev progress for my w-i-p telcihc flash platformer―which, to be honest, has been on the back burner for some time now, even though it does feature my ol’ dr. julius “oC” telcihc as the protagonist/player character, so to speak. Rather, it’s a mock-up for how a telcihc game might look as a static image with touch controls and the whole works.
The process of creating this image has made for quite a fun UI design exercise for me. Yet, perhaps a bit ironically, i’m still rather skeptical about how well a platforming game can work with touch-controls, like in terms of how well can a platformer control , given the advantages and disadvantages of touch-screen interface. I’m convinced that Continue reading →
The gears begin to turn: …It had started that a friend, Renges65, and i would start creating a game together within a 2~4wk time-limit―parallel to other game design, art&design, and scripting projects―during the month of may in 2o14. In accordance with the fate dealt to us by the almighty Wheel of Doom, our game theme was to be “cogs.” Crunchy, oh-so-munchety cogs―sounds delicious, does it not?
(In case any of you wish to bypass all the shameless, self-promotional rhetoric―regarding Cogger’s Revenge ―that shall inevitably follow and just get on with the game and engage in some cog-bunny devouring, click HERE to play the game.)
Cogger’s Revenge is basically a variant of the infinite runner, one that Renges and i like to think of as an “infinite eater.” Personally, to be perfectly honest Continue reading →
So…as the year’s gotten busier, my good start in january―with 4 consecutive weekly-posts to this blog―has devolved into one-post-a-month or less… and i’m again burning the midnight candle as little clawed crustaceans scuttle about in some sandy corner of my mind. Shall this be another monologue about sleep deprivation & contrived self-reflection, or do i actually have something meaningful to say this time around?
Only time can tell…and for the record, it is now 時間5:37a―perhaps a hour or so before dawn, and it seems that my thoughts about a late night snack will more likely be realized as a very early breakfast.
Now that some time has passed (nearly 2 weeks since i’d first started this entry back in the latter 1/3 of feb.) and i’ve gotten some decent bit of sleep with nary a dream about starfish, perhaps we can get on with a blog-post that is Continue reading →
**dwai-yownnyownnyownn~** Some onomatopoeia just don’t work quite as well as others… o_O
So…some recent conversations with a special friend of mine have left some creatures/summons from the Final Fantasy series bestiary running amok in my mind, such as Tonberry lurking about in the darkness with its cute-creepy nonchalant expression and wielding a friggin’ Chef’s Knife, or a Cactuar or two just standing there in the vast desert wasteland of my psyche…posed…in its/their seemingly petrified running position. Wha―? …were the artists & designers at SquareSoft on peyote or something when they dreamed up the charactuar for Final Fantasy VI? It’d certainly be fun to see the different character-concepts that artist Continue reading →
And what is it that we’re talking about today? After a night of no sleep (yet), i’m not entirely sure anymore myself… Something about tonics and equations, possibly the fact that i consumed a can of Kirin ビール (beer) with my late-night snack each night for the last 3 nights in a row―except for this past night, and talk of…er…long-eared woodland creatures. Or perhaps in my case, probably not so long-eared (considering my leporine-design preference).
Lest this recent bout of light-weight lager-consumption should continue on for a good several months uninterrupted, it seems unlikely Continue reading →
7~8 days into the new year 2o14 is still new, right? At least we’re still in the first 14 days, heh~ So…happy 2nd week of 2o14, everyone!
So far the new year has consisted of some NYE-partying with family & friends, vector Art-drawing, a bit of wine-tasting and one can of beer (so far), and a decent bit of Spelunky ‘ing with some shameless damsel & yeti-sacrificing plus reckless idol-grabbing. ‘Tis kickin’ off to be not to shabby a year, i’d say. ^__^
I must admit that the above image may be a bit potentially misleading, as Continue reading →
Heyo! After a long hiatus, we’re now right on the brink of the end of 2o13…or the beginning of 2o14, depending on how one looks at it.
So, what better way to wrap up the end of the year than taking a look at the past…from the year before? Okay, so that probably doesn’t quite make sense, but what the heck. So…here’s my first vector concept-illustration (from april 2o12) for how i pictured my signature character , the cyborg-bunny dr. julius “oC” telcihc, would look in a 2D platformer.
Happy New Year everyone (we’re almost there!), thanx for reading, and cya next year~! >[:)
so i have this lil’ animation idea just flip-booking away in mind, like one involving my signature character, the mad scientist cyborg-bunny, dr. julius “oC” telcihc…but, at this point in time, it’s just not quite coming together yet… so meanwhile, there’s this. and what does this mean? i’m kinda in the process of trying to figure that one out myself…
It’s been just over a month since i’d posted the previous entry my dev-Journal for my w-i-p flash game Telc Blast (working title), as i’ve been rather occupied talking about spam, wall-Chicken, and various other twistedness, but now we’re back at it again!
…Wait, come back! this isn’t some creepy Smeagle/Gollum or Venom like situation where i constantly refer to myself as we ; rather, i like to think of it as we :youthe reader(s), and i, the person who has written that which you are now reading. Without readers, a blog might not cease to be a blog, but it would certainly be a rather sad example of one. But, silly quasi-existential drek aside, now let’s move onto my ramblings about some of the games that i enjoy and—for this project and some littleBigPlanet levels— turn to for inspiration…
Being a MegaMan /ロックマン fan, i’d originally planned on making the game a 2D platforming shooter, and had even played some MegaMan2 (technically the Rockman Complete ロックマン2 Dr.ワイリーの謎 version that is available on PSN) for some reference; we tend to be inspired by what we like after all. I’m currently still stuck on the Wily Machine (UFO?), as this game is rock-hard. Later, i’d changed this to a melee-attack, hence the “melee-01” pose in the image above. Thus, aside from my opinion that the Castlevania series contains some pretty friggin’ fun games, i’ve recently been playing both some Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge and Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia (released 2oo8 on the Nintendo DS in NA regions) for reference. Should you care to read about some other opinionated rants regarding some specific game elements from the aforementioned series, such as Robot Ride Armors and wall-Chicken, then click the red links in this sentence.
Live + learn + play (my variation of what a fellow gamer/blogger-duo ConnorBros likes to say), and please feel free to comment! >[:)
Ah, it has been many months since i’d last played Journey , an experience that was beautifully sublime the first time through (i have completed it twice to date, and currently have a 57% trophy completion rate). Since it’s release via PSN digital download on the ps3 over a year ago (mar13th2o13 in North America), there have been countless fan-art created and blogs written about the game, with some reading religious themes within its wordless tale. I personally see the entire experience of that game as an allegory for life and reincarnation, the latter of which is a concept that i find fascinating to read about, but am uncertain about when it comes to belief. I consider myself agnostic, and i feel it’s more truthful to say that i want to believe—rather than do believe—in something greater than our tangible human experience…whatever that means.
With its unspoken philosophy that has been deliberately left open to various interpretations, Journey stands a shining paragon of video games as an art form, and a fine contemporary example of how the story of a game can be told through visuals and music, rather than through text or recorded speech. And my, are the atmospheric visuals truly something to behold.
As for the music, the game surrounds one with a layered, epic score as varied in tone and mood as the environments that one will traverse throughout the quest.
The image at the beginning of this post is one that i’d created for my sackiCon series in adobe illustrator (i love vector art!), with the look for this particular sackiCon based on the Journey Costume in littleBigPlanet .>[:)