It’s February, which means GameBlast19 is going to be upon us in the coming few weeks. These events are always absolutely worth watching and helping out with, so it’s always a pleasure to be able to write about them. Still, if you’re looking for something to watch on February 23rd, our friends Kim and Pete over at Later Levels, along with some cameos from myself and Jake, for a whopping 24 hour game-a-thon. Here’s what you need to know about GameBlast19, the charity we’re raising money for and how you can help us reach our goal. Read on to find out more!
This week, I got chatting to our good friend Kim over at Later Levels, where I told her that I should not have bought a game she recommended (Elder Scrolls Online). That’s not what you came here to find out about; instead, you’re wondering what this has to do with GameBlast19 – And it’s quite simple really. In that same conversation, we started to chat about their plans for GameBlast19… And I might have said that I’d happily get involved. So, for the second time, if all goes to plan it looks like I’ll be back on board for a stream – First time in ages, too.
Fortnite: Battle Royale is a Free-To-Play Battle Royale video game, developed by Epic Games and is currently in Early Access. Currently, the game consists of a 100-person PvP mode, pitting you in a fight against everyone else. Following last years equally successful title, PlayerUnknown’s BattleGround (PUBG), Fortnite was immediately a hit with streamers and gamers. The Battle Royale genre was completely new to me, but I wanted to give it a try. Although I didn’t know if I wanted to put my money into PUBG, I could finally try the genre with Fortnite – But what did I think of it?
Twitch.tv; the name evokes the image of men and women sitting in front of their screen playing video games for their audience. Yet since last year, when people decided they would spend a night watching a man compose and play melodies on his piano, or even a weekend reliving the magic that was Bob Ross, the “Creative” tag for streams has been growing in popularity.
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!
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?