2024-05-15 01:00
A WIP title screen 

I love games, I don't think I am alone in that. I also love software, again not unique. Turns out, I like drawing pixel art. I already know I love creating things, so do you see where I am heading with this? The only logical conclusion it to try to make a game.

Which is a terrible idea.

I am under no illusion that I am a good (or even passable) game designer. I also know (thanks to awesome resources like The Habibis, GMTK, NoClip, and Play Watch Listen) that games are HARD to make.

I don't think I'm going to let that stop me. I am always looking for a software project to tinker with in my spare time, I really love creating something and seeing it through to the end. Just know how things work, and getting a basic idea of how to make something was half the desire that drove me to make ZeroScan my iOS app. I find game design and all the problems it represents from the creative, to the technical, to be really fascinating.

Its a good question 

And so far, its proving to be really fun. I'm finding Unity very nice to work with (I did have some previous experience), C# at this level is so close to Java in its implementation it feels super easy to pick back up, and the process of drawing the sprites is almost meditative.

Why a game about a traffic cone?

Because I could draw it.

I'm hoping that in the next month or so I will be able to post a working prototype of where I am. I have something playable currently, but I'm not ready to share yet. I will leave with one note on how many awesome resources there are for learning Unity. I think other tech communities could learn something from the breadth and quality of Unity tutorials that there are.

Pixel art! 

I think the main focus of this post was to put the fact that I was making a game out into the world, and use it as a driver to help push myself to finish it even though I know it will be far from perfect. The process of creating this is my focus and reward. Even if I would never release a game I will have gathered new skills and honed others, which seems like a good idea to me.