I started typing this into my phone on the ferry three weeks ago because apparently I require long stretches of useless time to accomplish Computer Tasks. Tif and I moved back to Seattle in June last year, which finally removed our horrendous boat commute from our lives, so now it’s a Very Occasional Treat, which is good because when it was a Regular Fixture it was devouring both of us, it ceased to be a useful way to collect energies and create things a long time ago.
2014 was beautiful and horrendous and petty and discouraging and full of marvels. Our daughter is growing up and she is excited about everything and I am excited about everything, the world is frequently gigantic and terrible, making videogames is the silliest possible venture, play is unreasonably silly and the answer to everything.
I played a lot of videogames last year! I also didn’t play very many videogames. I play videogames in huge blobs of time that spread out in the cracks between deadlines and benchmark assessments and progress monitoring intervals and presentations and videogames festivals. I’ve written festivals even though I’ve only ever gone to one, and that is Fantastic Arcade and it was lovely this year. Here are things that I played and can remember playing in the only way that I remember playing videogames which is seeing the room that has been built around the videogame and who is in the room:
SUPER PUZZLE FIGHTER 2X FOR MATCHING SERVICE
Tif and I lived in Port Orchard last school year and our commute was Fine at first and maybe Cute but then it because Ghastly and Enervating, and right at the end before we moved back to Seattle we realized we hadn’t done anything fun at home in A Long Time and we hooked up the Dreamcast and threw on another comforter and played Puzzle Fighter until we fell asleep every night for a week. The Dreamcast is a good console to have perched precariously on the edge of your bed and maybe you accidentally kick it off the edge in your sleep one night but it is good to have some good vibes as you wait for the logistic hell you live in to be over.
EARTH DEFENSE FORCE 2025
EDF! EDF! EDF! EDF!
MONSTER HUNTER TRI
Before That Party at GDC, I worked for a few weeks on getting FJOREVER into a playable state, and I did, and then I worked on BANANA CHALICE for Fantastic Arcade, and then summer was over and Fantastic Arcade was over and I didn’t want to make anything ever again. I spent a month or two with the bugs and mushrooms and leaves and scales and teeth of Monster Hunter, making fancy hats and skirts and leggings and knocking majestic beasts to pieces. I never want to make a game like Monster Hunter, but Monster Hunter helped me enjoy games again.
Desert Golfing is my lack of discipline and short attention span and exactly the same as VESPER.5 and it is something that has completely passed me by but I still come back to sometimes and I wish for a more ardent devotion but I don’t have it so I am trying to be content with where I am. I’m on hole 556 and here is a picture of the moment right before I moved on to that hole.
I spent years Not Playing Minecraft and instead listening to children talk about playing Minecraft the way I used to play Every Videogame when I was younger which is to say I turned all the cheats on if there were any cheats and I systematically ruined every surprise they might have had for me, so I mean, I understand why kids give themselves diamond palaces and giant mountains of TNT and that is Totally A Great And Valid Way To Play Minecraft Even Though I Used The Word Ruined Up There Sorry. Tiffany expressed a curiosity about Minecraft last month and we started playing together (she’d never ever played it), suddenly we are exploring caves and meadows together and building houses and that is totally a different and amazing thing.
I keep thinking about JOB LOZENGE, and thinking about the gentle Peace Parade at the end, and the perfect length, and the bent tree, and the relief of nighttime, JOB LOZENGE feels small enough to carry around in a pocket and I love every little object in this little game it’s great.
SUPER SMASH BROTHERS FOR 3DS
This game is just so fun and I play it a lot! It’s a fun game about all the Nintendos having a sleepover with some animes and they have a pillow fight and Sonic is there.
Last year at this time I did droqen’s VARIETY MEGA JAM and tried to make 9 games in 10 days, and I actually made GERM PARTY and DATING SIM and had So Many Ideas and I still like a lot of them so, I’m not going to make anything New for awhile. Here’s an ordered list of my priorities instead:
1. VERSNOOF. Ian Snyder and I have been working on making this into a 3D migraine nightmare party. Ian has succeeded in making a beautiful triangle visions and curvy walls and 3D sound and I have bounced a bunch of textures off it and made some crude voxel plants so,
2. FJOREVER. I recently brought FJOREVER into gamemaker 8.1 and it is not broken! I’ve had a lot of time to think about how everything works together and what is needed to make a Two Player FJORDS and I’m excited to write more about it soon.
3. BANANA CHALICE. Since I had to make a stable version for Fantastic Arcade, BANANA has just sat at 75% finished for awhile. I have a lot of fun secret bonus zomes to add to it and some new songs, that’s all. It’s basically where FJORDS was for most of 2013. That’s why it is at number 3.
I’m going to write another thing about FJOREVER in a few days, let’s do this, 2015!!!!
(FJORDS is in the EMP right now if you’re ever in Seattle)