My-Escape / Critter Cubes

Feb 4, 2011

COUGH…is this thing still on? I can't believe I haven't updated in 3 years. I'm tempted to write about how I will definitely start updating it more regularly, but I know that's probably not going to happen. With my track record my next update will slide in sometime in 2016.

Anyways, though the website has been laying dormant, I have been busy with life and work. On the games front, for the past 6 months I have been working with the game design group My Escape, a great bunch of folks from all over the world who have come together to build killer flash games. So far we've done one, called Critter Cubes, a game about evacuating frozen animals from a zoo in Antarctica. The game taught me many things, such as the power and challenges of the great Box2D, and the relative difficulty of crabs. I encourage you to play the game!

I am not currently doing any development on the next game from the group, as I am currently running in standby/support mode while I get ready for the arrival of my first child. However I do plan to stay busy this year and put out some new games. So there you go, three years of updates in one post. That wasn't so bad, was it?

New Game: Rocket Assault

Oct 20, 2008

Defend your moonbase from the alien armada in Rocket Assault, a retro-remake of the Atari classic missile command. I've been working on this game on and off for a few months and have finally finished it off. Enjoy!

Artcade

Oct 20, 2008

If you live in or around the Toronto area, you may be interested in checking out Artcade, “where you can play over a dozen Toronto indie videogames on our totally awesome & totally fake arcade cabinets”, including my entry to the Toronto game Jam Happy Goat Lucky. Artcade is part of Canzine, “Canada's Largest Zine Fair and Festival of Alternative Culture”. My apologies for the excessive use of double quotes.

The festival is on Sunday October 26, at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto. Check out the website for full details and a schedule.

TO Jam 3

Jul 25, 2008

I'm a little late posting this but what can you do. Back in early May I participated in the Toronto Independent Game Jam (TOJAM). The object of the Jam was to program a full game, from scratch, in 3 days, while adhering to a couple of requirements. The requirements in this case were to use an image of a goat on a pole, a sound bite of a Toronto subway car door closing, and to fit the theme of 'Cheese'. My entry was a game called Happy Goat Lucky.

The Jam itself was a lot of fun. It was pretty cool to see so many talented developers whaling away on their projects at all hours of the day. It was also great to just have three days to do nothing but code.

The quality of the resulting games is pretty amazing. All of them are now available for free online at http://tojam.ca/games_2008/default.asp, so go check them out!

A Porpoise for Life

Jan 17, 2008

If you are a DO addict you owe it to yourself to check out this video. A warning though: it's a real tear jerker.