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Happy New Year and a change of plans

Posted in MCE, Music, OriGamInc, Tone Def by Shawn on January 3, 2012

Well, it’s the new year.

It looks like I’ve had this blog for a little under a year now. Which is surprising, at least to me. A lot has happened in a year, it seems like, and progress has been made. Do I have a game out? No. Am I closer. Well, technically closer than I was a year ago. Whether or not I’m happy with the progress I made is another story.

First off, it does not look like I’ll be able to meet my personal deadline of January 3rd for Tone Def. Which is upsetting, to  say the least. But if I take a step back and think about all that I wanted to do, it makes sense why I was not able to meet this deadline. First off, it takes a while for me to make music that I’m happy with. This version of Tone Def needed at least three pieces of music. With the amount of time I have, and the goals for this game, it was likely that January 3rd would be an incredibly hard deadline to hit. As I write this (January 3rd), I could technically still make the deadline, but the levels would not be balanced, and I’d probably hit a bug or 15.

So, I’ll need to push back the date of release to a point that I do not know. But, that doesn’t mean it’ll be put off into a nebula of some sort. I’m still aiming to push this out as soon as everything is ready/balanced/looking good.

What about those other projects? Well, Mr. Condyle’s Escape has a lot of work still to be done. I have put it on the back burner for now, but I plan to return to it as soon as I push out Tone Def. It’s difficult to work on two games independently, especially with limited time. So, instead of letting one suffer from only glances, it’s probably better to put it away for a while. If anyone  has any better suggestions, I’d love to hear them.

I’m expecting this first month to really dictate how the rest of this year will go. If there is a lot of work done all around (I finally beat Dead Space 2 last night. Turns out I was pretty much 15 mins from the ending), then it’s possible that this year could turn out productive. This is not a certainty, but I’d like to think that I’m able to get things started off on the correct foot. As of now, there is only one thing on the agenda, PAX East, which I’m excited about. I also do plan to attend any local game developmental meetups or the like in the Philadelphia area!

This has turned into a semi-rambling of what I think I may do this year.

So that’s it for now. I’ll come back when I have thoughts that I can string together. I’ll just blame it on all the partying that I forgot to do on the 1st.

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