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What you said, from what I could understand, it seems to me true. Alone it is very difficult. Having at least one support person is what he would want. It would give us more successful. If I understood you, you believe that many games are published within a short time and are not complete, as for the potentialities of the original idea that are not fully exploited or perhaps because we was in a hurry to conclude. I'm partially agreed on this. It is also true that if you want to have a medium gain it makes no sense to spend a lot of time developing an idea without being sure that the public like this idea. Sometimes it is better to produce more in less time than to employ a lot for a great idea, but only for what we believe it to be.
But I also deal with marketing, but with moderate success. While I have to have a good idea to create a video game. Find it in my head is almost always impossible. When I created the first version of a video game, the idea was came from the need to flirt witht a woman. I represented a message with colorful three-dimensional scrolling text over an image in motion, with an Assembler language program. She was a painter and did not have much interest in the computer, so I failed; but I kept the source code. Then a my animalist friend, complained of a colleague who do hunting on Wednesday and told me: "Let you do him a joke, paint him as many hunters who shoot him." I also merged sliding text with the demo for a final goal. In a month I built the first 16 Bit version. Then I had to create a sort of editor to define the levels. I invented the screenshots, which I draw AutoDesk Animator, unite images with my own program to create, in about three days, a game-level. After about 3 weeks the graphics were OK. I have programmed the sounds and the music with a language invented by me. Finally, I made the conversion to 32 Bit. In about 3 months. Et voilà, les jeux sont fait!
Nice idea. It looks similar at mine idea. Beautiful graphics, although, in my opinion, it is of the "minimalist" type, which, among other things, works very well today. I would not say that the controls are a bit difficult because I have not played to this game yet. Also in my game you can use the mouse to move the ball, but I used another technique (see: BounceB & new adventures Revenge). One question: Why this game is it free?
I've seen dozens, if not hundreds, of pretty simple games, at least if compared to those of the great video game software houses; all of these are predominantly developed with appropriate development tools, which exemplify their creation. There are advantages and disadvantages. It is true that sometimes it is better not to think of the time and effort that our new idea requires us, but to think, for example, of the satisfaction of being able to say, "I did that all alone"?
Furthermore, by storing the pieces of our work so that we can re-use it in our others future works?
If we do it, we do not have to study things done by others, looking for that of we need, by found what seems the same of that we need, to say: "not so bad..." .
We can each time modify, improve and reuse what that it came out of our head. And everyone has his own style.
I did not understand if you are using the Unity tool, but a game of the kind I saw in your screen-shot, in my opinion, can be developed with less heavier but slightly more demanding systems; such as Visual Basic, Delphi, or Visual C. This will you to reduce memory occupation. If you then compress the texts with the Lempel-Ziv algorithm (Zip archives), and keep them in compressed memory, decompressing them only when you view them, this allow you to further reduce the space required. For the images you could encode them as 4-color BMP-Windows (this format still exists), compressing it with the Run-Length algorithm (RLE, supported by BMP-Windows format). I think that doing so it you should succeed!
It is not random. Also what you said now was a problem for me. I thought BROWSER meant that the game was inserted into the gaming provider's system (BROWSER), but maybe that term means a game that can be used with the Internet BROWSER (Explorer, Mozzilla, Chrome, etc.).
SALE suggests that the game is subject to discounts, but it is definitely the closest option.
Is exactly that it's happened to me: but other users have said to me that isn't a real problem. The games' provider need, in some cases, up to 24 hours to publish a game, however send you a notice that the process is starting.
BACCI AND THE
DUCKLINGS - RELEASE 4.0 - VERSION 1.2:
Now is possible to create up to 99 new game levels thanks to the tool BACCI32.EXE!
Is also possible to change any existing level, loading new background, new bird/enemy animation and new sounds; BACCI32.EXE can also be used to change “Bacci and the ducklings” video-game settings.
If you have just downloaded “Bacci and the ducklings” video-game you can upgrade it installing new patch BC32_P02.Exe; try it, it's free!
This file run under Windows platform for PC; requires CPU fast at least 667 MHZ, 128 MB RAM free, any video card.
BC32_P02.Exe: download it, run it and follow the instruction are shown.
You've understood well, thank you for your answer. I had doubts about itch.io's rules, which I thought they hold publishing rights on my software, so that it does not allow publications on other sites.
When i start blog with "hi, hello at all people" have I to ask a question ? Nooo...
Hi, hello at all people... I have to ask you a question (sorry): seriously, it is allowed to publish your application also in others site as well as IOTCH.IO, supposing that same application was just published on ITCH.IO ? Or it is prohibited. Tell me what do you think about that, please.
I've read all your answers, some very interesting. I originally tried to sell my products on eBay before ITCH.IO and I have had very little results, even by supplying printed manuals, light-scribes CDs and home delivery. With "ITCH.IO" I'm found better,but, although I'm here by only 3 months, I have not had a great result yet. The ad technique is, perhaps, valid, but also, in my opinion, one must find the right audience.
Interesting the GameJolt site!
Hi, hello at all people! I've a question for you: if I create a new version of my application and I prepare installer with Inno Setup Compiler, suppose that I generate a new GUID (Windows register's identificator); what Windows does when the patch is installed ? The same files, supposing i've enabled IGNOREVERSION flag, are replaced, or a backup copy remain in application folder ? And my program accesses to backup copy or new version of files ? For example: 1) the original application don't install PIPPO.DAT file, but the file is generated by the app; 2) the new patch install PIPPO.DAT file... Thank you for read! Give me e response, please.
On the average of today's games, including those published on itch.io, I say yes.
It is also true that it is not the minimum space for a video game, you can also develop highly optimized games even in 10 KB. However, the graphics (and music) of a nice video game are the ones that require more space.
Yes, it's true. Nothing can be said about a compressed archive, but, given the good faith of itch.io developers, it is likely to be not a huge sequences of just zeros. However, it is also true that elaborated images often take up a lot of space, provided they do not use compression with loss of information as suggested by jpeg argument. There is also the possibility of combining digital and vector graphics while developing, without compromising on the final quality of the levels, with minimal space consumption and with the possibility of further reducing the final product through compression.
Taken from the well-known "Operation Wolf" video game, I thought of setting my project in the mountains, in the woods, in the desert, in the city and in other places, imagining that I was a hunter who wanted to take home the most birds dead. At this point I would have some problems, because at that moment, there would be envious rivals who want to kill me with the excuse that they were wrong, they wanted to pull a bird. Then I would have a limited amount of ammunition and time available that runs out.
To make the game more fun, there are some crazy writing that, if hit, explode, bringing to Hell all the enemies and rivals that are close to them.
The game has two graphic resolution 320x200 and 640x480; in HIRES there are twho mirrors and more graphic effects.
The game has simply music and interesting sounds; it has parallax side-scrolling also.
Why not buy it ? See:
It has cost us a lot of fatigue, sweat and blood (poisoned by cigarette breaks and many hours of work), but apart that the blood flowing also in this video-game, the work is almost over (at least to 1 week and a half). The story is that of the wretched hunter, Bacci, that fleey from home because of a bet with friends and who will have to avoid the envious rivals, without that they see him as a duckling and they shoot him, bringing home the greatest number of dead birds, without running out of ammunition and without go late for dinner with his wife that preparing an excellent stew.
History may seem trivial, but Bacci is well-equipped: he has a rifle, a miter, a bulletproof vest and a radar equipment, plus a lot of ammunition to shoot at everything that moves, including many objects that can explode, including with a chain explosion.
The game features are: smooth-scrolling, parallax, shadows, mirrors, sprites and sounds.
Is it common that Windows Defender program on our computer warns us with the message "unknown author" before installing a program from itch.io? And, if not, how do you prevent by our application from generating this event?
Do not be fooled by appearances. If you are watching a game and the corresponding archive file is very small, eg. 1MB, it is not always said that the game you could download is short, or with poor graphics.
For example, I developed a video-game, BounceB-Revenge, which occupies just 1 MB but is very complex and long by finish, and with good graphics.
In defining the levels I used a mapping technique similar to that used by JPeg file compressors, which allows you to define rectangular, stackable, and renderable pieces in real time.
Good luck and good fun!
Good work at all and good fun (at least a bit, you aren't doing as A. G. Stachanov)!
I'm a fan of software development since 1987, I'm programming in Assembler Protected Mode and Delphi, but I know the C also. I like to draw and I've made some both video games and tools. Unfortunately most of my software is a bit "dated" and can not be marketed for now, it was developed for 16/20 Bits' platforms, though it contains so many unpublished ideas.
The video-game I've released this year on Itch.IO is an exception: "BounceB Revenge"; are exceptions also all the tools like "NewPatch", "DBMovie", "DlpLGrfT" and "DlpLGKBT", in fact all my Itch.IO's software is valid to be runned on all Windows systems between the 2000 and the 10.
I always thought, "Who works by himself, he works 3 times more" and I am very busy defining my software from the lowest level, including graphics and sounds.
Levels bottom are already ready. I have to deal with the soundtracks and management of game mechanics, as well as some menus: it may be before, but I expect it will take at least one or two months.
I can definitely put together, with your games, my "BounceB" video game and my "DBMovie" and "NewPatch" tools, for now. When the development of "Bacci & the Ducklings" will be completed, I can also put that.
Yes you are right when I wrote the post I was thinking about something else so I did not understand what you were asking for. I have seen that you are a software team already launched and there is no age. I thought I would launch my video game at $ 7.99, I do not know what you are asking for; I thought, as an initial hypothesis, that I could give you 25-30%, if it does.
I apologize to you, if I was a bit too explicit in defining my video game, even I like the cats a lot, I had 3: Nerina, Priscilla and Tito. I'm not against pets. Unfortunately, I like steaks and any other kind of similar food ... The game I am developing, however, will have some kind of ethics, although it will not be suitable for people under 15 years of age.
With regard to your proposal of collaboration, I can only say that:
- I could develop the software you need, provided that I use the development systems I know.
- I do not have time to deal with graphic design or music as a musician.
- Any agreement should be made by providing personal information that can not be disclosed (Privacy Act), so it would take a secure channel, such as email.
- I do not know how old you are, but you seem, perhaps, a bit too young to collaborate, without offense, but I'm a lot older; This does not mean it is better, though.
In fact, it is logical that you do not understand the purpose of the game, since it is just a tiny tasting of the game, a kind of "spot". The development of the complete game will take months ... However, the aim will be to turn the birds into meat to cook, since Bacci is a hunter, without being reduced in this way by his hunters rival.
It made me smile, funny, but In fact, from what I've seen, maybe because it depends on me, I do not understand the purpose of the game. The graphics are very nice. Maybe adding more cadres would become even more interesting. Cmq cats are my favorite pets ...
In my opinion fantasy is born out of tastes for things that like in childhood, when you experience the game and the reflection consistently; However, to be able to innovate today is not easy, everyone's fancy is just a bag but not always enough to create new things.
I am mostly a self-taught programmer, I like to draw free and love rock, in almost all its forms.
I think my little virtual world will please not only children, and I
always try to draw attention to what I did, since it has cost me a lot
of time and sacrifice, but also a bit of solitude.