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Craigp

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Green energy day job, game dev / design talks & tutorials at night.

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFL6-QAPmuin1iXUY1MEe0g

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Craigp, to random
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Wow, I do not remember the spellchecker in Libre Office being this shit.

Maybe I simply turned it off on the last machine and forgot I did. This is REALLY atrocious.

Craigp, to random
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Ohhhh nooooooo I think I found... a storytelling algorithm...

Sigh...

I guess I'll think about it for a week and make some paper prototypes.

I don't wanna let my computer tell stories... well, at the very least, it's a fun way to think about storytelling in general.

Craigp, to random
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UGH, LibreOffice just instantly autocorrected "themself" to "themselves".

I'm using it as a singular, don't step up you obsolete grammar robot.

lisyarus, to random
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I was reading about resource/asset packing file formats game engines use, and it seems that the answer always is "ad-hoc engine-specific binary format".

I'm starting to think that I'll just slap a zip file in here and be happy.

Craigp,
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@lisyarus but but but the shareholders want embedded ads and antipiracy!

NullTheFool, to random
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I have completely legally obtained copies of many retro games to play on my equally legal original consoles as NintenGOD intended, will I be able to play them? Probably not, I'm busy as hell, but hey RetroArch sure is fun.

Any games sagas you would recommend? I'm mainly focusing in Nintendo's 8-bit & 16-bit consoles like SNES & Gameboy, I grew up without consoles so I would appreciate the enlightenment.

Craigp,
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@NullTheFool I mean, if you're talking SNES you have to talk Chrono Trigger and FFVI.

maddy, to random
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Me: Okay kiddo time to brush your teeth!

My toddler: Turns around and walks away singing "No no no no no" to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star at the top of their lungs

Craigp,
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@maddy Twinkle twinkle little teeth, cleaned and brushed before we sleep..th...

Craigp, to random
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YouTube is clearly speedrunning their final enshittification phases. They really, really believe their grip is unshakeable.

Craigp, to random
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So, Warren Spector says immsims should go multiplayer.

At least, that's the HEADLINE.

What he actually said is that he wants to let players create their own stories and challenges and progressions "like a long-running board game"

Wow, a game "like a long-running board game" where players can create their own stories- that sounds AMAZING!

Oh, wait.

Actually, I have ninety of them installed on my computer already. We call them "Arrr PEeeeee Geeeees"

Craigp,
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I know Warren Spector knows what an RPG is.

However, I suspect he doesn't play them, or he'd know that literally every damn thing he said is stock standard boilerplate on nearly every western RPG since 1995.

But if he wants to create an RPG with heavy immsim elements, fine. We're due for a new Skyrim.

Craigp,
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My problem is that when someone rich and famous stomps in to "change a genre" and they list shit that is 100% already available commonly everywhere... that usually means they're gonna completely mismanage the project and shit the bed.

If Warren Spector just said "hey, let's make an RPG with a focus on sharing player content-"

I'd be OVER THE MOON.

But when he says he wants to make an immsim "like a long-running board game" and lists common RPG standards... I feel tired.

Craigp,
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Big "I INVENTED THE CONCEPT OF BUSES!" energy.

Craigp, to random
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I love alleyways. There's something really nice about a small, linear space full of someone's half-forgotten crap. You feel like you know them!

And then it tucks around a corner or ends at a little door and you're like... yeah. That's the rest of their life, there.

And you know if you actually go that way, it'll be a generic backyard or a parking lot. But it's tantalizing.

Craigp,
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One of the problems I have with video game environments is that they recreate alleys as alleys.

Why? Why would you aim for realism?

This is true of video game buildings too. If you can go someplace you'd hesitate to go in real life, it should lead somewhere amazing, as good as your hesitation made you imagine.

I don't want to find a parking lot, or a generic bedroom, or whatever.

I want to find something surprising, something interactive, a piece of someone's life, a "hello".

Craigp, to random
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Guess where I'm riding to?

Craigp, to random
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Never noticed how many of these trees Boston has. Now that there is sun, stuff's popping.

To be clear, there's 30 on this street alone.

Craigp,
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Very photogenic, shame about the fact that there's a city behind them.

teahands, to random
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Well, I did it. I made a "game" in three days without making myself ill in the process.

It's not a very good game, of course. It's supposed to be about the joys of being naughty and sharing candy around school, but in reality it becomes about the utter tedium of trying to track down one last student to throw candy at.

I do not recommend clicking through, but for the curious:

https://teahands.itch.io/pass-it-on

Craigp,
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@teahands It's a cute idea and a good few days of work!

Craigp, to random
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Hahah, experimenting on full albums that I've never heard of but seem well-received, and it seems like every single one of them is 10 songs nobody ever heard and 1 meme hit.

SirTapTap, to random
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I know it's the least important part of any of this...but most pride flags that aren't trans, rainbow, lesbian, and bi (in about that order) are...not that great looking. Plus most aren't in the emoji set anyway, but the genderfluid and non-binary flags are...not to my aesthetic taste

Craigp,
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@SirTapTap The first generation of flags were chosen with a pretty free rein. But the next generation were chosen to fit within the first generation, so they are all going to be pale imitations. :\

I think we should have completely original flags that don't have the same layout or branding, but whatever. I'm not the sort that wears flags.

Craigp, to random
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Music request time!

Anyone recommend any fun songs or bands that use a lot of natural percussion? Claps, banging random things, preferably in a fairly relaxed, fun way?

Drums are OK too, but only if they're suuuper laid back.

Craigp, to random
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Every time I check email on my phone, Google's beg asking me to use an app pops up, and the font on the "fuck off and let me check my email" button gets smaller and smaller.

It is now at parody levels. It is so small it is hard to read and even hard to hit with my big thumb.

Craigp, to random
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That video about enshittification is making the rounds, and it's not bad - a basic introduction for people that prefer videos to reading.

But its most interesting feature is the man slowly coming to realize that he has more than a thousand pounds a month in subscription services.

Including shit like Twitter Blue.

I'm not blaming him, but it is interesting how he started making a video on it and then seemingly realized HE was sinking in it.

Either that or he's a spectacular actor.

Craigp, to random
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Found a tab with spanish guitar on it, so back to that for a few more days.

Bobbins, to random
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Curse my brain for reading a nonsense phrase describing a videogame ("so texturally convincing, you'll want to touch it") and getting stuck on what leads someone to put those words together as though it makes any sense.

I've never managed to train myself out of this one even though I know it's futility incarnate.

Craigp,
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@Bobbins honestly have no idea which game you mean but yes, I agree.

Craigp, to random
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I launched Potionomics to make sure I wasn't glossing it up in my memories, but nope. Holy shiiiit these characters are good.

The animations are so astonishing.

I have a sneaking suspicion this low-rate gif won't capture it, but it's worth a try.

video/mp4

Craigp,
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... Oof, I wish the game was more fun.

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