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BattleCat



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2nd August, 2003 at 16:50:19 -

Hi. I've been plagued with a problem for years now. Whenever I start a project of some sort, be it a click game, a DooM mod, or whatever, I always loose interest after working with it for a while (usually it takes a week or so). What I do is, I get an idea of some sort in my head, and then i just create as I go along. But I'm thinking this is a wrong way of doing things, and maybe I should instead spend time carefully planning my project in details, like storyline, characters, etc.

1 -Could this be why I always loose interest ?
2 -Does anyone else have a similar problem ?

 
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2nd August, 2003 at 17:42:48 -

I have the exact same problem as you, I have 3 games on the boil:
PacBomber - Spent 2 weeks on it so far
Death Spree - Spent 3 days on it so far
Mini Blast - Spend 4 days on it so far

And I just can't get the urge to continue work on them

I only finish projecs if the are simple
I


 
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3rd August, 2003 at 09:09:37 -

Like you said in your post, the problem here is planning. If you make it up as you go along it becomes boring and difficult. If you get your characters, levels, plot and coding on paper before you begin, it will help a lot. Then you just create your graphics and objects and then you're ready to code and you know you have everything you need because it's already been planned out to the end.

 
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5th August, 2003 at 01:18:50 -

So what! Everyone gets bored. I don't finish most of my projects. I only finish the ones that I find a challenge or fun to do. Once they become to easy or no fun to make (a chore) then i get bored.

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5th August, 2003 at 03:37:18 -

i never finish my games also (Demiball is the only one completed but its rubbish)
Chronowarrior (lastest game) im sure i finish it.
I get bored because not of the game. The bugs i mean

 
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5th August, 2003 at 03:49:11 -

I don't usually find bugs a problem. It's motivation and reason to keep making the game. Bugs have been a problem in a few applications, but that's what the code-it boards are for. People should ask for more help.

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5th August, 2003 at 09:19:39 -

I've had the same problem. I say it depends what type of motivation you have. If you have "spark" motivation (a feeling in which many good ideas come to you're head and you feel like finishing it quickly), then you have about a couple of months, max, to finish it. If you have "need" motivation (just a need to finish the game), then your motivation can go on for a long time.

 
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5th August, 2003 at 17:47:49 -

Sometimes I stop making my games because I hit a snag that I can't program my way out of, or other times because it requires I have to do a lot of drawing (my week point). And most of the time I can't be arsed to do a thing, I start a game because starting things off is fun but never finish it because making a quality piece of work gets boring to me if it gets too complicated and hard.

 
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5th August, 2003 at 17:52:00 -

I know why this happens; usually when you start something (ie) a game it is because you had an idea... When youve finally done what you had the idea to do it gets hard to do more (not as fun) then when you started cause you dont know what you are going to do.... This is easily solved by planning out your entire game in advance; then haveing a goal to finish that... you can still get bored of that... but chances are if you are a dedicated game maker it will get done; and you will not get as bored as easily.

 
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5th August, 2003 at 23:05:29 -

Darn it you all You beat me... I forgot to press Reply -> ...

 
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6th August, 2003 at 00:33:35 -

It happens when working on a project such as a game. Games take time to make but a creative mind usually runs with many ideas.

 
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6th August, 2003 at 00:52:39 -

That happens a lot with me. I usually take breaks from making games. When I was making CrosShift for the V-Cade, I would work on one part, then I would take a break once I was stuck on something, and after the break I would try to fix it. It takes time getting used to, but mainly it's only because it's a project you don't have interest in. However, I'm pretty hopeful that my new game: Blitzz should turn out fine.

 
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6th August, 2003 at 01:34:14 -

Alot of the time newbies set out for a goal that is way too high. I've heard some pretty far out ideas that even the greatest of greats can't make. You've got to set your goal for something you can make, but is still a challenge so you don't get bored.

-Andy

 
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6th August, 2003 at 16:17:28 -

Cheers to that (jup im a noob)and i do set my goals out to high.... but well working with a good friend realy helpes in making a game (just don't get in a fight about something its not worth it)back to the point settings goals high isn't a realy bad thing just dont be affraid of dropping the imposible things

(pretty unreadeble post huhh?) but ehh the two points are
1- Setting goals high isnt a too bad thing
2- Working with friends makes it a lot more fun (but for the love of god don't get in fights!)

 
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6th August, 2003 at 16:31:44 -

i think now that im giving up Chronowarrior and retire (good news to most people that hate me) at this rate

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6th August, 2003 at 17:47:30 -

dont just start a game for the hell of it
make sure its a really good idea before even starting it

if its fun to make its easier to make

 
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7th August, 2003 at 04:58:35 -

well i did. But when ever i cure old bugs new bugs come and these latest bugs i cannot cure

 
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7th August, 2003 at 05:43:42 -

Spidercrown - You'll get better at it. You need to think outside the square [] you live in. Try using the "Never" condition and working through the code in your mind for debugging.

-Andy

 
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7th August, 2003 at 05:43:44 -

Spidercrown - You'll get better at it. You need to think outside the square [] you live in. Try using the "Never" condition and working through the code in your mind for debugging.

-Andy

 
Creator of Faerie Solitaire:
http://www.create-games.com/download.asp?id=7792
Also creator of ZDay20 and Dungeon Dash.
http://www.Jigxor.com
http://twitter.com/JigxorAndy

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7th August, 2003 at 05:50:24 -

well i could continue if i could make a command never and an action BULLET never change directionafter fired.

 
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7th August, 2003 at 06:43:44 -

so thats your problem! lol spidy thats soooo easy to fix just insert if flag 0(bullet)=off in the event that makes the bullet change direction and make an action that turns the flag on then it will only change the direction of the bullet that has not already changed it

 
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7th August, 2003 at 07:04:41 -

yeah but when this bug i have happens mostly with the power up (fire 3 bullets, not 1) and using the flag for that 3 times could stuff it up. I give it a try but even if that cured there are too many bugs. I just cannot continue it

 
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7th August, 2003 at 14:59:36 -

I get bored when a game becomes too easy...thats why Im starting to mess around with the MOO products and extensions that i've never used before. I also get bored when it comes to sprites....im not a good spriter at all.

Yea.....the only way I see to fix is pre production planning.

 
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