Scope, or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Start Planning

Honestly, how much planning do you put into a project? A lot of people just dive right in and let the code take them as far down the rabbit hole has it needs to go, like a painter on a canvas. Well, guess what, Bob Ross, this is programming. There’s no happy little tree, no titanium white, and no happy little gnarly accidents that will save you. Diving in without any idea of what you’re going to be working on, or what tools or patterns you’re going to need, is the biggest killer of any project. I don’t care what you think the front-end should look like – you’ll just be left with default assets if you can’t visualize it.

I can say, at this point, I’ve been working on video games for 10 years. I can’t tell you how many projects never made it up to this blog, let alone out in to other peoples hands. All of them started with an idea, a gimmick, and then, as the project grew and got more fleshed out, more was added to it in a fever feature creeping, and then, bam, the project would die. Why? Many reasons: bloating features slowed down the game, asset creation became absurd, code became unmanageable, people dropped off the project, and so on. But it all boils down to one centralized issue:

We fell out of scope.

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Philly Game Jam 2013 and the Global Game Jam 2014

Yeah, it's that awesome.

So, my schedule has been pretty hecktic, so I haven’t updated this place in a while. But I have been working on a few new projects, as well as taking part in the Philly Game Jam. I’ve posted up the page for it – Super Ultimate Ghost Fighter Turbo! (Say what you want, that’s the best title ever).

Also, the Global Game Jam wrapped up yesterday. I wasn’t able to participate, due to me taking a much needed vacation in Vermont. The QuadraTron team, however, got together with a few other people and formed Team Threshold and made an awesome game – Threshold.

So, there. That;s 2 games for ya. That should hold you over until the next time I post (which will (hopefully (Nested!)) be soon!).

Take care, guys and gals.

Guess Who’s Back!

Try to find me.

Wow! Man, have I been neglectful! So much crazy stuff has been happening lately! I left my job, got a new job, left that job, and went back to my old job, and I’ve been running all around this crazy state. But now, I’m back, and I’m going to try to provide more updates and more answers to your comments! First, news:

  • I added the game made during the last Global Game Jam: Silence On The Line. Make your way through a haunted submarine and try to escape while avoiding massive heart failure.
  • I’m working on an actual legit game that will be my ticket to the Indy Game scene. Lots of development is getting punched in, and more is to be done. I plan on launching a Kickstarter for this one, so, yeah, things are getting pretty serious.

So, there you go! I’ll be around, posting the usual snippets and whatever else I got going on! Take care, guys! Good to be back!

Quadratron Returns in Global Game Jam 2012!

Hey everyone!

I know i’ve been out for a while – I’ve been SWamped up TO my eaRs in work.

Last month was the Global game jam 2012, and Me, Zenas Bellace and Christian Plummer returned to the battlefield. With the help of Moises Carreras and Matt Catron and George Harris, we dominated. Our task was to make 1 game. We made 3.

Come look at our accomplishments. And look out for evil lawn mowers and crazy airline pilots.

Do it.

 

Global Game Jam 2011

I’m participating in the Global Game Jam 2011 in Philadelphia today! 48 hours of non-stop game dev action! I am overly excited. I’m going to be runnin’ on nothing but (what’s left of my) youth, my passion for making games, and an unhealthy overdose of caffeine!

 

Hello, my sweet. Lets make beautiful games together...

So what I plan to do is I’m going to update this post with mini-updates as to how things are going at the Jam. I’ll be sure to add pictures and what-not. The Jam starts at 5:00pm EST today. I can’t wait!

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