Well this isn't much of a developer report to give you guys. I'll just get on with what's been going on and how my projects have been at least until my main issues started. I have no pictures or demos for you guys though, since this isn't my computer I'm on.
Recently my computer has been acting fairly strange. After rebooting the system I got to the welcome screen (This is Windows XP Home Edition) and none of the accounts showed on the screen. I did a Ctrl+Alt+Del twice to try logging in manually, however the passwords and user names didn't work as if they didn't exist. I tried to see what's up and booted the computer with a Ubuntu Live CD to find that everything is actually still there, including the accounts. This lead me to suspect a virus. So, I now went and burned over time four different Antivirus Rescue CDs (AVG, Kaspersky, Dr.Web, and Avira). Each picked up new viruses the others didn't. In the end I deleted I think about 4 trojans and 1 worm.
In the end, even after finding and deleting all of these issues, the problem was never solved. I suspect there's a bigger issue than just one virus causing this thing. Regardless, I will probably have to reformat the system.
Fear not! Due to the fact that I can boot the system with the Ubuntu Live CD and that I was smart enough to back the files up to begin with, I have everything completely backed up with the most recent files. Absolutely nothing important has been lost.
Now, although I'm a lot smarter with computers than when I first came to this community, I'm no expert by a long shot. Since the computer is also my dad's and he won't listen to me anyways, he's having an expert come along to check the thing out. I know he'll just say we need to reformat the system just like I'm saying now. Regardless, it's what's going on and I probably won't have my computer working properly and as it was before for about a week.
On to the report!
Sorry, no fancy pictures this time to display the different games I'm working on. I doubt anybody cares anyways, if anybody is reading this to begin with. I know I haven't been very active on my blog lately and I apologize for that.
Anyways, I was actually hoping to have a testable version of this done by the end of the week. I was planning to get a friend of mine to host it for awhile and see how things are working out. I have a lot of the basic game physics down completely and many small issues hammered out.
One of my favorite pieces of news is that the person who was helping me with custom Megaman sprites in the Megaman: Wily Wars style has finally finished his custom Duo sprite sheet. I must say that he did an extremely excellent job on it. I'm very happy and very grateful that he helped me out here.
Check out the sheet here! It's public domain so I'm not afraid to get the sheet out there. In fact, I'm rather excited to get it out there because custom Duo sprite sheets are pretty much non-existent.
That's right! This is a new project that I have teamed up with Neblim on a new isometric project called X-Fire. It's a futuristic-styled RPG set in a world overrun by monsters. The game is still in early development, but Neblim is working on the sprites and tiles and me on the basic systems of the game. The current plan is to have pixel movement in the game due to the recent advances. If I'm lucky and finish it soon, it might just be the first big isometric RPG to hit the guild. Not only that, it'd be the first with pixel movement if I'm correct! We'll see. I have high hopes for this project.
My "Make Little Games" Project-
Take a look at communities like yoyogames. Now take a look at BYOND's community. In reality, the communities aren't too different other than the fact that yoyogame's isn't quite as tight-knit, so to speak. The main differences people seem to point out are the games. Yoyogames has a lot of little games that seem to overshadow the crappy games. However, don't be fooled! They have just as many, if not more, completely garbage games in their community. What you see more of there though, are little games that don't have much content, but are also very fun. These could be called casual for the most part, but some aren't.
My main point here is that BYOND needs more little games and casual games like those to show off. I respect Iccusion Entertainment for their work in this area, but they can't be the only ones striving for more of these kinds of games. I want to try to be another going for this goal of creating lots of little games on the side of my bigger projects. Hopefully, after my computer is completely fixed, you'll see me updating my ideas on new little games to make and I will make them. You can also bet that I'll be using plenty of pixel movement as well :)