BANANALICIOUS!

Art, Design, My works, Programming

Apes ‘n’ Spells is here! This is the monkey related game I was already working on December.

After almost 5 months of (not at all) hard work, David, Ferran and I published a playable prototype of this killing fruits adventure. You should remember David from Mr Penguin and many other projects we have shared and Ferran is another cool work mate who just learned Unity with us for this crazy fun development.

As I said on my last post, we did this for fun and we shared a lot of laughs, but we ended wanting to add lot of stuff and development was getting no end. We decided we wanted to at least make a playable demo to show to everyone and then we would decide how we would continue.

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Take a look at some of the images from the development process.

So… we recently published the demo on Google Play and even if it was still really rough (it doesn’t even have a trailer, you have to watch the how to play game on the store to understand anything), our friends liked some things of the game. Although we have a good base to continue building the game and we got some feedback, we decide to take a pause so everyone could go back to their own projects and ideas for a while before deciding if we want to continue.

 

For instance, aside from gamedev (that VR basketball game is still waiting for me) I would like to think a bit about making some small machine learning project at home. I would like to use knowledge from my job on some different field. A nice example would be style transfer CNNs, which I recently was able to run on my GPU at home.

 

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Chicago skyline + Starry night typical style transfer example

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It works more or less with anything, even a picture of my face!

Furthermore,Β  I would like to spend some time on other projects or hobbies like drawing. I’m thinking about improving my technique so I can draw cooler things, because right now drawing cartoon monkeys is probably my limit XD
It would be nice to make some new t-shirt design with better drawings. I will have to practice a bit and not just doodle things without any reason.

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Even if they are cool, I have probably spent too much time on Snapchat drawings and not enough practicing with a pencil….

I hope the pause will also help with my incoming German final exams, and with my summer holidays planning.

I feel like long posts are becoming my default post length, but I feel more comfortable writing like this (maybe since I started working?). Hope you don’t mind.

Have a good spring end and even a better summer start! πŸ˜€

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Many starts, few endings.

My works

4 months since my last post already! Time sure flies if you don’t have a clear objective.
This time I can’t show you any clear advance as I have been starting and trying lots of ideas without finishing them. However, let’s see what I have been doing.

First of all I want to share some of the beautiful and stressful experiences I had on this time which include: going to “las festas de Tura” in Olot with my basketball team, moving to the new office at work, driving to Madrid to visit my brother, getting my wisdom tooth removed, painting my house,getting injured playing basketball, start using and studying Deep Learning at work (dark magic CNNs basically), flying to London to visit the city and a friend, celebrating three weddings with my brother (one of them being a Klingon one) and Christmas!

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Me walking my brother’s dog around Madrid on the left and enjoying (like a child) seeing dinosaurs at London’s Nature Museum on the right.

Now that I think about it, it is not surprising at all I didn’t have much time for developing or much else! πŸ˜€

Even if I can’t show any finished project, there are still some little cool things I did:

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My first horrible creations with MagicaVoxel. XD

Inspired by that last basketball creation, I decided to make some simple basketball game and I ended making a VR one.

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More like a little demo than a game though.

It was really fun and I really want to keep adding things until it’s a real game, but…

Some cooler idea came along and stopped the VR game: making a game with some of my coworkers! Working as a team on our free time is so much fun. We accept that we don’t have a lot of time in our hands with our jobs and the rest of our lives going on, but it’s great to spend some time on our crazy ideas and work on something together just for laughs sake and seeing what comes out of it.

It’s not a secret, but I don’t want to ruin the surprise so I will only show this for now:

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Monkey related game? You will have to wait to know πŸ™‚

So Merry Christmas (a bit late) and best wishes for everyone’s New Year!!!!

PUBLISHED TANKS, AGAIN!

My works

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Yes, that’s right! I published Voxel Tanks: Security Breach on Google Play with some new controls!

While I was thinking on what could be my next project, I decided to push a little more the development of Voxel Tanks for a mobile version and I did a lot of other awesome stuff.

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That’s me showing you Granada’s cathedral from the Alhambra!

My trip to MΓ‘laga and Granada at the south of Spain would be the greatest thing in my vacation, but I also enjoyed having so much free time after that long. Drawing, video editing, watching movies and tv shows I had no time for before (like the great surprise that Stranger Things was), a little bit of partying and a lot of meeting with friends.

Everything gave me a lot of energy to go back to daily routine and I hope I can transform this energy into some surprise to show you!
Hope you all had a great summer too! πŸ˜€

PUBLISHED TANKS!

Design, My works, Programming

Finally! After more than 6 months I can finally say again I have published a game!!! I had some ups and downs, but I made it.

As I said on my last post, developing while working has been a difficult challenge and that has made publishing the project a much more rewarding experience. Although it made me always go slower than expected: specially after I didn’t get into the 3HMA finalists (as I expected with that teaser really).

But that is all in the past and now I have a better published game than what I previously showed and I will present it to the Indie Developer Burger Awards, which are some really fun awards I have known for a couple of years. I will probably be discarded on the first round again, but I always wanted to participate since I went to the awards ceremony for the first time. In any case it will be a nice experience for sure. πŸ˜€

(PS: I got nominated to the worst game award, I had a blast on the awards ceremony and then I didn’t win the worst game award!)

And after this “big effort”, I think I will rest from gamedev for at least a month or so. I want to draw again, read some stuff, practice as a Dungeon Master, edit some videos, think on new ideas for games and in general give more attention to some other hobbies for a while. I should also do more exercises to work on healing my injured knee. πŸ˜›
I’ll try to keep you posted about anything interesting anyway! πŸ™‚

PS: Like this:

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Me (on the bubble) with some friends.

Bubble Football, a totally recommended experience. You will sweat a lot, but you will laugh even more! A fantastic afternoon for sure!

Slowly developing, but developing!

Design, My works, Programming

Hi! Sorry for not posting in so long in the first place! I am having a really hard time working on gamedev (or any creative work in fact) after working all day on my job and some other things…
But, even if it’s difficult, I am still doing it and with the 3 Headed Monkey Awards as a goal I managed to keep developing the tank game I revealed on my previous post.
It’s not finished yet but I advanced enough to feel confident enough to participate in the 3HMA competition, which means I had to make a video. So here is the first teaser of “Voxel Tanks: Security Breach”!

I will the first to admit that it feels rushed and both the video and the game need a lot of work, but making this and participating have given me new energy for working on the game to finish it for this spring as the competition rules ask πŸ˜€

The most important parts of the game are already working and need some minor tweaking only, so if I am able to keep up with implementing the levels I have designed I am sure I will have something interesting for the endline!

However I will try to not only do the minimum and work more time than what I have been doing until now… Let’s hope my will is strong enough!!!

Finally a job

Blog, My works

It’s been too long since my last post for how many things have happened in this time!

First of all, the game jams topic. The first was the JS48 -Episode 1 Game Jam that resulted in a little web game called Super Toaster Shooter.

As usual, you can learn more about it on its project page.

As usual, you can learn more about it on its project page.

Then, neither David or I had the chance to participate on the King game jam because we were not elected D: So there isn’t much I can explain about that, but I am waiting for the people who participated to publish their games to see what I missed!

And last but not least, my biggest announcement for today (which I already spoiled in the title) is that I am currently working. Finally! I found, or they found me depending on the point of view, a job in Serimag Media! I have been working there for over a week already and I am really happy about how things are going so far. I will have to learn more about machine learning, image processing techniques and other interesting topics that I saw at class for some cool projects the company does. πŸ˜€
Although this is great news for me, it might be bad for the blog as it isn’t a gamedev job I won’t be sharing much about it and I will have to make an extra effort to keep making stuff that has place here.

However, don’t worry too much as I am already working in my next game! Even if I don’t know when it will be finished, I hope it won’t be too long until you can see something in action. For now though you will have to satisfy your curiosity just with this:

Is it clear it is a tank? xD

Is it clear it is a tank? xD