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Roseweave



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2nd August, 2007 at 13:12:55 -

http://www.box.net/shared/vlhyyx9tvn

It's "The Adventures of Epicenter".

It's based on a popular webcomic. This is only a very short demo.

 
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2nd August, 2007 at 13:24:49 -

"your computer was blocked from accessing a spy site".

urm... no thanks, I think i'll skip this 'download'

 
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2nd August, 2007 at 13:24:51 -

Work on the graphics

 
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2nd August, 2007 at 13:30:24 -

Uh, Box.net is a perfectly reputable site for uploading files. Don't blame me if you have Nanny software installed.

I think the graphics are fine. The backgrounds I need to work on but the character sprites are perfect for the style I was going for. I'm kind of going for a "Hi-Res NES" kind of look, maybe like the Arcade games that were around at that time, or early PC games.

 
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2nd August, 2007 at 13:34:30 -

No, the graphics ARE NOT fine.

 
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2nd August, 2007 at 13:35:24 -

Forgive me for not wanting to get a shit load of viruses from downloads/sites on the internet and having to format my computer.

 
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2nd August, 2007 at 13:36:05 -

Nobody was blaming you and those graphics need help. It's not bad at all if this is your first game tho, keep working on it.

 
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2nd August, 2007 at 13:43:50 -

Naturally I would aim to throw insults since I am good at that... but I think it speaks for itself.

 
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2nd August, 2007 at 13:46:46 -

... no, the graphics are fine.

It's actually pretty amazing how close I got to the original characters in 8-Bit form -

http://www.epiadv.netfirms.com/char.htm

It'd be a lot easier if I had more detail to work with, but 8-bit sprites suit the game best for a number of reasons.

The comic itself is a sort of parody of other webcomics, it's kind of a cross between Pokey the Penguin and Earthbound. Most people don't get it though, which is partly why I'm making this game, I thought having an all-round ridiculous experience would drive the message in further.

It ceases to be constructive criticism when you start criticising things for the way it's meant to be. Then it starts to be narkism and elitism.

[quote]Forgive me for not wanting to get a shit load of viruses from downloads/sites on the internet and having to format my computer.[/quote]

Oh for smeg's sake too other guys have downloaded and not gotten any viruses. It is a reputable site, it is unlikely you'll get any viruses on it, plus you should have some good virus/spyware protection installed if you're that paranoid.

 
Check out my Telekinesis'em'up Thread and the ALICE Machines -

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2nd August, 2007 at 13:50:36 -

Actually my firewall blocks access to the site, so I couldnt download it unless I turned off my firewall.

And I can't be arsed doing that.

I also do have good virus/spyware installed.

I'm not paranoid, I just find it really annoying when you have to format your computer because a virus keeps replicating itself and there's no way to get rid of it because it infects system files.

 
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2nd August, 2007 at 13:52:36 -

Did you mean two?

 
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2nd August, 2007 at 13:53:16 -

It's supposed to be ugly, that's ok then. You're my favorite member.

 
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2nd August, 2007 at 13:55:51 -

Sarcasm on the internet, that's new!

 
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2nd August, 2007 at 13:58:41 -

This is probably the best game I have ever played, seriously. Lovely.
You win, sir.

 
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2nd August, 2007 at 16:10:08 -

omg this is so awesome best game evar

note: the game crashed my pc you'll have to buy me a new one plz

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2nd August, 2007 at 16:50:16 -

That is not a popular webcomic. It is a crappy webcomic.



EDIT: I forgot things can be popular AND crappy at the same time. Happens enough in our society.

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2nd August, 2007 at 17:30:06 -

It's a fantastic webcomic. I bet if I asked you what was wrong with it you'd list things to do with the aesthetic, or not being able to understand where the humour is coming from. It's still brilliant within the context it's written. Elitists will never love it, and that's what I love about it. Only people who understand that a sense of humour isn't just what you find funny but how tolerant and open you are of other people's senses of humour will ever find it funny.

 
Check out my Telekinesis'em'up Thread and the ALICE Machines -

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2nd August, 2007 at 17:37:49 -

"This is probably the best game I have ever played, seriously. Lovely.
You win, sir. "

I knew the author of antikrops would understand where I was coming from with this. You'd probably enjoy the webcomic too, hopefully.

 
Check out my Telekinesis'em'up Thread and the ALICE Machines -

http://www.create-games.com/project.asp?id=1213

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2nd August, 2007 at 18:26:59 -

I really enjoyed this! It made me laugh out loud, and I can't remember the last time any game did that. Excellent work on the script and well-directed random humour [yes thank you Firefox, I would like to add that word to the dictionary]. The humour is, for me, the most enjoyable thing about Epicenter; even if the rest of the game was average, I'd still play through it because of this.

Fortunately, the humour isn't the only thing it's got going for it. You have some very nice gameplay elements, such as using the mouse to shoot enemies, and I had a lot of fun with the flying kick later on. Kicking kebabs in the face is the stuff of dreams.

A couple of things you could consider changing:

Overall the mouse aiming works well, but it bothers me slightly about having to hold two buttons just to fire a gun. How would it work if the crosshair was permanently visible (or hidden if the mouse was not moved for a while), rather than assigning a button to show it?

Also, the movement engine could be cleaned up a lot. Sticking to walls sometimes helped me make those bigger jumps, but it doesn't look very good. This one is important, so try not to think of reasons to dismiss the possibility of back tracking and changing your engine. Are you using the built-in platform movement?

So, kebabs and falafels.. should we open a restaurant?

 
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2nd August, 2007 at 19:03:10 -

Thanks! That really made me smile.

Yes, I agree the gameplay is pretty average. That's mainly due to the fact that you get a lot of more interesting weapons and moves as the game goes on. The Flying Kick is loads of fun though, if I design decent levels to go around it, it'll be excellent.

The Humour is very British with a few pop culture references. I think that a lot of Americans don't really understand "Random" humour, no offense. The game is mostly about the humour.

Whenever I play games that try to have storylines, it means I have to sit through about 10 minutes of terrible dialogue about some wizard I don't care about it. The alternative is there being no story at all, which I care about even less. So I thought I'd entertain people and give them utterly ridiculous reasons to do what they're doing, which I like to call "Being honest".


I'm not sure what to do about the aiming system. There was a good reason I have the left click thing, but I can't remember. I think it's because it looks cool, the way his arm kind of moves around when he's walking. Maybe I could just detect if the mouse is moved, instead?

I'm using the Platform movement object. I haven't had any experience with clinging to walls, that's very odd. I think I might have designed some of the platforms so you can do it, not sure. The first level was just an engine test. I need to work on proper levels.

Level graphics are so hard to draw though... very time consuming. The graphics are simplistic but that means I can't cheat using lots of photoshoppy tools and photographs. Almost wonder if that's easier.

 
Check out my Telekinesis'em'up Thread and the ALICE Machines -

http://www.create-games.com/project.asp?id=1213

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2nd August, 2007 at 19:48:36 -

I didn't check out the comic, because I do not like comics that do not take care of their visual design in the least bit. If you say the humor is good, though, I might check it out.

But seriously. A text adventure would work best for something as graphically insulting as this.

EDIT: thanks to the visual style I figured this would be a thirteen in a dozen comic anyway.

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2nd August, 2007 at 20:05:34 -

Lol i seriously love you.

Marry me.

 
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3rd August, 2007 at 06:43:43 -

two words: OH MY GOD!!!!!!

oh...wait...that's three words...

 
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3rd August, 2007 at 13:30:58 -

Well, its better than my first game. Actually it's better than any game I've submited here. Well done! Looking forward to more of your work!

 
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