I've been in a state of flux for the past, I don't know, maybe two months it feels like now. I want to make something, but I just can't. I'm limited on time nowadays, what with college and all, and it's rather annoying in some aspects. However, when I get a programming assignment, I prioritize it above everything else, because it's usually the most interesting to me. I guess, if I didn't get those assignments, I probably wouldn't have any programming done in the last two months at all.
I want to make a small game, but I'm not creative enough to think of something I can contain (all of my ideas have potential to expand in some direction, which I have time/dedication issues with).
Now, we have a game development club at our college, but they want to use C++ for everything. It's not that I'm biased, but I can't get anything to compile to save my life, because the current project they have suffers from dependency hell. Three of us spent about two hours trying to get it to compile, but none of us could replicate how it was set up by it's creator, even with full access to the computer and resources. Maybe we're all just that bad, I don't know. That's one of my dead ends.
I had a small itch to make a NDS program, too. I was going to write a media player (before people flame me: I dislike moonshell and every other player I found either is broken, doesn't have enough features, or doesn't run at all). Was. I can't even get a hello world program to compile on the NDS, across three different IDEs (or command line), following all instructions. I could probably handle C++ if I didn't have to deal with the linker, libraries out the wazoo, and everything else that I can't think of. I got closer today, but then the makefile acted up, so whatever, I just set it down and I'll probably look at it next week. Another dead end.
I want to make something 3d. I have played with Coggoid (formerly known as CoreFactory), and OGRE, and OpenGL, and Ogre4j(ava), but I guess I just can't wrap my head around 3d space yet. There's that, and I don't have any assets (meshes or otherwise), or the time to create them myself. Or the time to learn how to create them. Yet another dead end.
I want to make a DM game, too, but those end up larger than they should be. I guess I just don't know where to cut my feature list, or think things through completely. There's that, and I feel like I ran out of interesting ideas. And they're all too large. I want a small idea. YADE.
I wanted to try my hand at making a game with Java or Ethanon, but then I run into the issue of "art what's that," as well as having to learn how to use the latter. I can use Java to make applications just fine, but apparently when it comes to games I'm just doomed.
I know people are going to go like 'lol placeholder art,' and I know, I can make placeholder art. But sometimes it's not really the art, it's learning how to use the tools (blender for 3d, 2d is less of a problem, some engines I'm unfamiliar with).
On an unrelated note, I've tried Unity, I can't wrap my head around the UI. Something about it makes me completely unable to figure it out. Maybe I was just having an off-day when I tried to work with it.
The worst part is, it's not even a motivation issue this time. I don't know what's worse, having motivation and nowhere to put it, or having no motivation but having places to put it.
On another unrelated note, I'm surprised to see that people are playing Doomed Dreams still. Neato. Yes, that's all I have to say.
Apr 22 2011, 4:34 pm