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Daniel Linssen, also referred to as Managore, is a prolific recreation developer producing video games of nice design primarily throughout recreation jams. He not too long ago gained Ludum Dare 35.
I used to mess around with RPG Maker a very long time in the past, however I by no means got here near ending something, and earlier than that I used to attract Sonic ranges on graph paper and make up ridiculously overpowered bosses for shmups.
The primary recreation I really completed was in 2011, a flash recreation a pal and I made for a small recreation jam. The sport was a single room platformer and it wasn’t actually all that attention-grabbing.
I am unsure whether or not this counts, however the second recreation I ever completed was a platformer known as Violet, and I keep in mind very distinctly how amazed and joyful I used to be when the sport was coated in a Youtube video
On the time, I could not consider that had really occurred.
I truthfully do not keep in mind! I believe the explanation I began utilizing itch.io is as a result of I needed a spot to place an online construct of Javel-ein, considered one of my earliest video games, and I will need to have already performed just a few video games on itch.io by that time. Shortly after that, jams had been launched and the Flappy Jam was introduced, and so I caught round for that as nicely. After which by no means left.
It is fast and painless to arrange a easy webpage for a brand new recreation, however you may also (when you’re neurotic like me) spend an hour tweaking the web page to look precisely the way you need it to look.
Leaf (in addition to everybody else who works on itch) appears to wish to make the very best platform for builders (and gamers), and is exceedingly pleasant and approachable. I do not know if that counts as a function, however both means it lets me segue into speaking about itch.io’s minimize from gross sales and donations. The minimal minimize itch.io asks for is 0%, and the default minimize is 10%, which is extremely beneficiant.
One in all my video games, Sandstorm, was really impressed by a recreation known as Step by takorii, so I suppose I’ve already executed this! Anyway, droqen has launched an enormous variety of actually attention-grabbing video games and I’d like to discover a few of the concepts in them myself.
I’ve performed an entire bunch of video games for Ludum Dare 35 and the bit jam I organized, however the final recreation I sunk a while into was Stephen’s Sausage Roll by Increpare, which I actually loved. I’ve additionally been taking part in Mini Metro quite a bit. I do not know if it is as a result of I am getting older or what, however I am beginning to actually like puzzle video games!
Daniel’s Ludum Dare 35 entry,
windowframe, was voted #1 general.
There’s one thing about recreation jams and the loopy deadline which implies video games get completed. As an alternative of making an attempt to do one thing the suitable means, or essentially the most environment friendly means, I will do it the way in which that works instantly. I do not know if it is a good concept in the long run!
I additionally love the group really feel that recreation jams have. Even ignoring the truth that you will be taking part in and ranking one another’s video games (and getting suggestions and recommendations), understanding there are dozens or a whole bunch of different folks struggling alongside you is admittedly encouraging. Even when you’re making a recreation by your self, it feels such as you’re all in it collectively.
The most important factor I do not get pleasure from about recreation jams is the extreme lack of sleep, however that’s at all times very a lot my very own fault!
I am certain there are many good approaches to this, however what has labored for me is to determine what side makes your recreation attention-grabbing or distinctive, and use that as a lot as attainable. For those who’re nonetheless determining the small print of your recreation, contemplate making an attempt to discover that attention-grabbing or distinctive side as a lot as you may, and construct the sport round it. Clearly that is not at all times attainable or acceptable.
For those who can showcase this side of your recreation visually, make use of this by posting photographs or (even higher) animated gifs or movies on no matter social media you utilize, and spend a while ensuring that no matter you are posting is as cool as attainable. For those who’re posting gifs, make them loop when you can. For those who’re posting pixel artwork, verify what dimensions work finest (for instance, twitter apparently likes widths of 506px for photographs and 560px for gifs).