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Umibozu: a post mortem

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For a course, I worked a few weeks on a simple shoot them up game prototype in which you played a sailor lost in a haunted and misty sea, trying to navigate the dangerous reefs and avoid the attacks of the creature dwelling under the water.
We had to design the protoptype from a concept document that outlined the core mechanics of the game and its general structure. We allowed ourselves several changes from the original concept document. We change the […]

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Umibozu: a post mortem

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For a course, I worked a few weeks on a simple shoot them up game prototype in which you played a sailor lost in a haunted and misty sea, trying to navigate the dangerous reefs and avoid the attacks of the creature dwelling under the water.
We had to design the protoptype from a concept document that outlined the core mechanics of the game and its general structure. We allowed ourselves several changes from the original concept document. We change the […]

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https://lovliegamedesign.wordpress.com/2018/02/07/spawning-errors/
Hello Fredrik, your friendly neighborhood Fredrik here.
So if I got this correctly, you have one prefab for each spawnable, and some of theses prefabs are in turn collections of other prefabs, parented to a ghost object? Makes sense and is pretty neat, though there is an improvement for the interface. First though, your explanation that you made a ”separate script to create formations based on the position relative to the center of the formation” is unclear. If the […]

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https://lovliegamedesign.wordpress.com/2018/02/07/spawning-errors/
Hello Fredrik, your friendly neighborhood Fredrik here.
So if I got this correctly, you have one prefab for each spawnable, and some of theses prefabs are in turn collections of other prefabs, parented to a ghost object? Makes sense and is pretty neat, though there is an improvement for the interface. First though, your explanation that you made a ”separate script to create formations based on the position relative to the center of the formation” is unclear. If the […]

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Post Mortem

And we’re done! Well technically we we’re done several months ago, but it’s nice to revisit this project at its end. I’m overall happy with my contribution to Aetherial as a coder. As a game designer however I have some reservations.
The code works, there are no major bugs and there is a clear and working way from the start to the end. The game is full of devices and artifacts I am quite proud of, such as the updated transition […]

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Post Mortem

And we’re done! Well technically we we’re done several months ago, but it’s nice to revisit this project at its end. I’m overall happy with my contribution to Aetherial as a coder. As a game designer however I have some reservations.
The code works, there are no major bugs and there is a clear and working way from the start to the end. The game is full of devices and artifacts I am quite proud of, such as the updated transition […]

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Playtesting

At both playtests we put up two computers playing the game, each accompanied by an extra computer with a google survey on it and an observer from the group taking notes on what and how the player was doing. Anna(game design) had written a quite extensive observation sheet listing all the things to look out for in the player. Somehow though we all just started writing down our thoughts, observations and informal interviews with players on the back of the […]

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Playtesting

At both playtests we put up two computers playing the game, each accompanied by an extra computer with a google survey on it and an observer from the group taking notes on what and how the player was doing. Anna(game design) had written a quite extensive observation sheet listing all the things to look out for in the player. Somehow though we all just started writing down our thoughts, observations and informal interviews with players on the back of the […]

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Playtesting: a fresh pair of eyes

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Unfortunately, our group did not benefit too much from play test. We were late on development for the first one(but did have a bare bone prototype to show), and a large bug prevented us from showing anything worthwhile during the second one. But, we did have some people try it during the beta once the game was stable.
Motion sickness
In our initial prototype, the player was always pointing up on the screen, and rotation would result in the camera rotating to […]

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Playtesting: a fresh pair of eyes

Context
Unfortunately, our group did not benefit too much from play test. We were late on development for the first one(but did have a bare bone prototype to show), and a large bug prevented us from showing anything worthwhile during the second one. But, we did have some people try it during the beta once the game was stable.
Motion sickness
In our initial prototype, the player was always pointing up on the screen, and rotation would result in the camera rotating to […]

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Welcome Atavist! A Groundbreaking Publishing Platform Joins the WordPress.com Family

Today we’re announcing that Atavist, a multimedia publishing platform and award-winning magazine, will be joining WordPress.com parent company Automattic.
This news is exciting to me on a few levels — eight years ago I had my first introduction to Atavist when I met a journalist named Evan Ratliff for coffee at Housing Works in New York. He showed me the first pieces of what became a bold new platform for long-form storytelling, which he created with co-founders Jefferson […]

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Welcome Atavist! A Groundbreaking Publishing Platform Joins the WordPress.com Family

Today we’re announcing that Atavist, a multimedia publishing platform and award-winning magazine, will be joining WordPress.com parent company Automattic.
This news is exciting to me on a few levels — eight years ago I had my first introduction to Atavist when I met a journalist named Evan Ratliff for coffee at Housing Works in New York. He showed me the first pieces of what became a bold new platform for long-form storytelling, which he created with co-founders Jefferson […]

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Bookmark Posts with Save For Later

Maybe you’re reading a blog post while sipping your morning tea when you suddenly realize it’s getting late, or you’re browsing on the bus — but you just got to your stop.
The WordPress.com Reader is a great tool for catching up with your favorite blogs or exploring interesting new reads. And now, you can save those posts and resume reading at your leisure with Save For Later.
How does it work?
First, make sure you have the newest version of the […]

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Bookmark Posts with Save For Later

Maybe you’re reading a blog post while sipping your morning tea when you suddenly realize it’s getting late, or you’re browsing on the bus — but you just got to your stop.
The WordPress.com Reader is a great tool for catching up with your favorite blogs or exploring interesting new reads. And now, you can save those posts and resume reading at your leisure with Save For Later.
How does it work?
First, make sure you have the newest version of the […]

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Jungle Jive

As part of the “Arcade Game” course at Uppsala University, me and my team, Dyonisos Games, made Jungle Jive. The purpose of the course was to create a game using a special input method of our choice. After a bit of iteration, we chose to create a dancing game in which two players would use dolls to control their avatar on screen, instead of dancing themselves.
Here’s the trailer for the game :

We had about ten weeks to create the game, […]

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Jungle Jive

As part of the “Arcade Game” course at Uppsala University, me and my team, Dyonisos Games, made Jungle Jive. The purpose of the course was to create a game using a special input method of our choice. After a bit of iteration, we chose to create a dancing game in which two players would use dolls to control their avatar on screen, instead of dancing themselves.
Here’s the trailer for the game :

We had about ten weeks to create the game, […]

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Field Notes: WooCommerce Workshop for Women

Automatticians, the people who build WordPress.com, participate in events and projects around the world every day. Periodically, they report back on the exciting things they do in the community.
Members of Automattic’s Happiness team have traveled to Southeast Asia three times since last September to meet people in communities across the region. Our goal? To encourage people based in South Asia to apply to join us in supporting WordPress.com, WooCommerce, and Jetpack users.
In January 2018, the Happiness […]

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Field Notes: WooCommerce Workshop for Women

Automatticians, the people who build WordPress.com, participate in events and projects around the world every day. Periodically, they report back on the exciting things they do in the community.
Members of Automattic’s Happiness team have traveled to Southeast Asia three times since last September to meet people in communities across the region. Our goal? To encourage people based in South Asia to apply to join us in supporting WordPress.com, WooCommerce, and Jetpack users.
In January 2018, the Happiness […]

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Comment #6 Jan Plähn

Link to post:
http://gotlandblogblog.blogspot.se/2018/03/beelonging-postmortem_20.html
Comment:
Hi Jan,
Glad to hear you guys had team spirit! This is a great blog post that takes the reader on a journey through the final results of your game, and I’m glad to read that you had a lot of things working for your group, as well as for your game. I played your game, and I never noticed that the level was generic, nor did I care that much about the music being the same. […]

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Comment #6 Jan Plähn

Link to post:
http://gotlandblogblog.blogspot.se/2018/03/beelonging-postmortem_20.html
Comment:
Hi Jan,
Glad to hear you guys had team spirit! This is a great blog post that takes the reader on a journey through the final results of your game, and I’m glad to read that you had a lot of things working for your group, as well as for your game. I played your game, and I never noticed that the level was generic, nor did I care that much about the music being the same. […]

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Comment #5 Fredrik Lövlie

Link to post:
https://lovliegamedesign.wordpress.com/2018/03/08/the-importance-of-playtesting/
 
Comment:
This is a very clear blogpost on the benefits of playtesting. I also very much enjoy that you explain that playtesting is positive if you let your ego down and enter it with an open mind. The post also explains very well the type of criticism that you guys received during your playtest, such as the movement of your main character and using one of your buttons as a spam, both of which are criticism that […]

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Comment #5 Fredrik Lövlie

Link to post:
https://lovliegamedesign.wordpress.com/2018/03/08/the-importance-of-playtesting/
 
Comment:
This is a very clear blogpost on the benefits of playtesting. I also very much enjoy that you explain that playtesting is positive if you let your ego down and enter it with an open mind. The post also explains very well the type of criticism that you guys received during your playtest, such as the movement of your main character and using one of your buttons as a spam, both of which are criticism that […]

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Comment #4 Fredrik Lindsten

Link to post:
https://frli0438.wordpress.com/2018/02/27/checkpoints/
Comment:
This is a very detailed and interesting post with good English and even better information for future students.
After reading this, I must say, as a programming student, that it sounds like there was a whole lot of coding going on to achieve this animation sequence in your game. You share very good information that is easy to read and gives a great idea of how to achieve a the programming sequence and features to achieve the […]

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Comment #4 Fredrik Lindsten

Link to post:
https://frli0438.wordpress.com/2018/02/27/checkpoints/
Comment:
This is a very detailed and interesting post with good English and even better information for future students.
After reading this, I must say, as a programming student, that it sounds like there was a whole lot of coding going on to achieve this animation sequence in your game. You share very good information that is easy to read and gives a great idea of how to achieve a the programming sequence and features to achieve the […]

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