Game Dev with Timlah – Isolate
Want to know what you can do to help Timlah out with his live game jam? Perhaps you just want to watch it for yourself but want to know a bit more about the project beforehand? Read on fellow geeks!
Game development is something I’ve not really done properly for quite some time, so I’m going to be faced with some awesome challenges in the new year. Along with this, I hope to be making some huge changes to GeekOut which will allow us to be more social, more connected and more collaborative with one another. This article explains my plans for the game I’ll be making during the charity stream.
Isolate is the working title for the RPG Maker game I will be developing live for one hour during GameBlast. If you’re unaware as to what that is, please click on the link and have a look so you know what’s going on. Live development means that for one hour, everyone has a chance to say what they want to say to me. They can give me valuable feedback about progressing the game and what I should include (time constraints considered).
To make a game within one hour seems all out impossible. I can hear little Jimmy from down the road screaming at me now “OI, TIMLAH, YOU STRANGE FELLOW. That’s impossible!” However what a lot of people aren’t taking into consideration is that although I’ll be developing it live, I won’t be making assets during the stream unless there’s something important I specifically forgot which can be made live quickly. Once the game is finished and out there, I will likely consider putting up patches to make it bigger and better – Or if people really enjoy it, I could make it into a full feature game.
The idea of Isolate is to make the player feel isolated from the fun that others are having, which is what the people that SpecialEffect deal with day in and day out. They bring the fun and the joy of gaming back to those who otherwise would be unable, due to disability and illness. With this in mind, the experience I am going for is less of dealing with disability, but more the focus of being excluded. This’ll be through a storytelling narrative that RPG Maker VX allows me to work through.
Those who know GeekOut well knows that I run a Linux computer. Those who know my GeekOut meetups well are aware I have a laptop, which is so underpowered it’d be amazing if it could run RPG Maker VX, It’s a miracle it runs Worms Reloaded and Quiplash in fairness. As such, I’ll be emulating RPG Maker VX via WINE. I’ve already tested streaming this from my computer and it can definitely stream RPG Maker activities. Hurrah!
When we’re live on air at 11pm onwards, just chat with me. Let me know what you’d like to see and hey, if you enjoy it enough, then make sure you let us know by helping the Gamely Giving guys. In the new year, I’m going to start either doing Google Hangouts or Twitch streams for when I’m making stuff for the game. I’ll promote those via social media and on here, so don’t worry – You will always be in the know! Come join me, let me know what you think and Bob’s your uncle! If you think there’s a better way to deal with live streaming prior to the actual GameBlast event in the comments below. Cheers all!