We’ve always strived to be ambitious – Whether or not we can always achieve those goals, that’s another question. I don’t think we’ve ever given up on any project, however more importantly, we like to keep working until we meet our goals. There’ve been delays along the way, but I figured it’d be great to look at what our projects as a group, a website and a community are, at least for the upcoming 12 or so months.
Y’know how I keep saying that geeks are the best people?
Geeks are the best people! We’re a loving and sharing band of over-enthusiasts, and as a demographic we have money to spend on random stuff that we occasionally look at and say “Y’know what? I don’t have space for any more Pop Vinyls, and I am definitely not getting rid of the D&D minis to make space for them. I’ll stick some money in savings and give the rest to people who need it!”
Sound like a generous strawman with money to burn? For proof turn to the good people of Gamely Giving, Special Effect, Child’s Play, or the lesser known local heroes like the guys I met in Coventry last week. (more…)
Fans of video games rejoice, as Gamely Giving will be returning for yet another year of raising cash for charity. Gamers are a very charitable bunch, so Gamely Giving is an extension of that. If you’re interested in what made these gamers get together, we look at Gamely Giving, what they’re trying to do and what they’re going to give back to all of you who watch their marathon stream. If you like video games and you like continuous live streams, check this out.
Friday night saw us go through the Gamely Giving stream – Which has now come to an end. Thanks to everyone who came to watch and a big thanks to everyone who donated. Want to see what happened and what’s in store for my first game? Read on!
This Friday, from 1pm UK time, the Gamely Giving team and myself are going to be going live for a 48 hour gaming session – All for charity. But what is Gamely Giving and what are we going live for? Read on to find out more!
It’s been a while since we last put out an update about Gameblast and Gamely Giving, but here we are, less than a week away from the event. Do you like video games? Do you like freebies? Great, read on to find out more!
Charity is something that we all aspire to do more for, but the next GeekOut Meetup involves us getting really involved in being charitable. Read on to find out more about the charity and our events.
GeekOut has been expanding rapidly over a short space of time. We’re making friends with loads of people, we had a guest on our last Top 10 and we’ve had so many guest entries from one of our contributors, that we’ve made him a regular here on GeekOut. Read on to find out more!
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!
What do video games and charity have in common? SpecialEffect and their GameBlast events: A video game stream for charity, that’s what! On February 26th to February 28th, a continuous stream will be happening from the Gamely Giving group, set up by 1001Up. Those who attended the last GeekOut Meetup will have heard me stick my hand out and say that I’m part of this stream, for a wholesome 5 hours (potentially more!) So what will I be doing for my part of GameBlast 2016?