1. Hi there! What's your name? Want to introduce yourself?
Hi! I go by Seren. Not much to say, really. I like reading, writing, drawing, and computers! So games are a nice combination of those things. I'm also a big fan of animation. I want to go into animation, software development, or indie game design, probably! I like dogs.
2. Did you participate in the last jam we held? If so, what do you plan on doing better this time? If not, what's your reason for joining?
Nope. I joined this time because I was actually looking around for a game jam, and this one seemed perfect for me! Although, I will have some trouble with the deadline, ha ha. I've got a week, really.
3. What games are your favorites? Did any of them inspire you, or made you want to make your own?
I'm not sure I could really name favorites, but I love Legend of Zelda, Borderlands, Phoenix Wright, Professor Layton, Pokemon, Dangan Ronpa...there's a lot more, but those are the series I follow. One of my absolute favorite games is probably Paper Mario and the Thousand Year Door, alongside Legend of Zelda: Windwaker, but I'm not sure how much of that is nostalgia, ha ha. Oh! And Kingdom Hearts is a ton of fun - I think its combat system is absolutely amazing. Okami is good all-around. Honestly, I'm probably missing my absolute favorites here, but I'm awful at thinking up this stuff off the top of my head. If I wrote this tomorrow it'd probably be completely different. Dangan Ronpa and Phoenix Wright are my inspirations for this jam, but in general I think Nintendo games have influenced me the most, since I grew up with them. I can't actually peg down when I started wanting to make my own, though.
4. Do you have experience with game development? What did you do/with what engine?
A little? I've experimented a bit in Ren'Py and RPG Maker before, but the games were always incomplete at 5-10 minutes long, if that, and often used the default or free assets. I have tried to make a Game Dev Club, if that counts as experience? Basically we were trying to develop a fairly simple tower defense-ish game all together, with everyone combining their knowledge, but it fell through for various reasons (some of which I'm trying to fix here).
5. Tell us about something you're passionate about!
Animation! Video games! Other things! Specifically, I guess I'm pretty passionate about media in general. It's really important for children growing up (I can't imagine just how much of me comes from what I did as a kid), and for teenagers/adults to relax and be inspired themselves. With animation, I think it's really important to make sure kids cartoons are intelligent, enough so that the whole family can watch it and the children can still be taught, but not in a "count along with me 1 2 3" kind of way (though those shows have their place too). With video games, I think it's absolutely amazing how far they've come in such a short amount of time, and I can't wait to see where they go in the future! I think game mechanics deserve more love - a good story is a lot of fun, but it should be fun to play, too! And I'm excited to see where VR goes, especially in non-gaming related fields. Um...I'm also very passionate about hibachi-vegetables. I think they're really tasty, especially the zuchinni.