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Developer interview with Kenney Vleugels

Developer interview with Kenney Vleugels

Developer interview with Kenney Vleugels


This put up is a part of day three of itch.io week. We’ll be interviewing builders all week. Study extra right here: https://itch.io/week


View on itch.io:
https://kenney.itch.io


Observe on Twitter:
@KenneyNL



Kenney is a developer primarily recognized for
his fantastic asset packs and instruments which have enabled accessible recreation improvement for a lot of


At the moment my asset packs include round 200 ~ 300 property every, however the first one solely contained a single sprite with simply three animations. The character in that pack was meant for a recreation that I by no means completed and I believed it could be a good suggestion to supply it to different recreation builders to see if it may very well be utilized in another person’s challenge. Whereas the primary launch wasn’t very fashionable, the second is what actually hit it off. That pack was made up of fully new graphics and included the now (in)well-known inexperienced alien that obtained utilized in a whole bunch of video games and prototypes.


Hyperlinks to the property:


The primary ever launched pack:
http://opengameart.org/content material/game-character


The second pack:
http://opengameart.org/content material/platformer-tiles


In some unspecified time in the future I got here throughout my property on the duvet of a programming ebook offered on Amazon, I used to be in full awe. It is actually one thing to see content material you have created on an precise product! The ebook(s) at the moment are proudly displayed on the workplace. When the primary few asset packs have been launched there weren’t many builders utilizing them, that allowed me to personally assist all of them and create unique property for his or her video games. That is not potential anymore as a result of sheer quantity of customers, however I’d like to make some extra time to work on small scale stuff like that once more.


I used to be in search of a web site the place I might host my asset packs plus begin accepting donations for them. I attempted a couple of providers and so they have been all missing options, both a uninteresting merchandise web page or lacking cost choices (most solely provided bank cards on the time). Itch.io had all of the options that I required (I particularly appreciated the customization of recreation pages) and it felt proper to host my recreation property on a gaming associated web site, quite than a generic storefront meant for all kinds of recordsdata.

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As a vendor the creator dashboard is by far the most effective, I can shortly get an outline of my gross sales, see the place guests got here from and all kinds of different analytics. The content material discovery on itch.io is among the finest round. On the opposite recreation storefronts it is usually exhausting to search out video games made by smaller studios and builders. On itch.io it looks as if each developer will get the identical quantity of publicity and it is very easy (and fairly addicting) to search out new video games to play. What’s additionally nice to see is that there is a great deal of truly free video games, not riddled with in-app purchases or in-game adverts. It is a breath of contemporary air!


The final recreation I’ve performed is KeeperRL (out there on itch.io!), I am an enormous fan of the traditional Bullfrog recreation Dungeon Keeper and KeeperRL manages to fulfill each the keeper and the adventurer in me. It is a improbable mix of the traditional recreation plus some roguelike components. For my part it ought to get a bit extra recognition than it presently will get.


Hyperlink to the sport:


https://miki151.itch.io/keeperrl


Kenney’s first asset pack on itch.io


Seeing them get used for schooling is indisputably probably the most rewarding. I stop college at an early age so the truth that I get to assist tons of instructional services world wide is wonderful. Because of the gross sales of the bundles and instruments (Kenney Sport Property 1 and a pair of, Kenney Studio) I can maintain releasing most of my property totally free, realizing that I can hearken to the group carefully and provide them free content material is what makes me love my job.




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