Thursday, January 14, 2010

College Chronicles Part 4: Asteroids Evolution

Immediately after finishing Katamari Arkanoids I started work on the next assigned project in my class.  This game was made in the same class as Katamari Arkanoids, Structures of Game Design (SGD), while attending Full Sail University.  Everyone was assigned to make an Asteroids inspired game.  This meant you could make any game that had something player-controlled that shot bullets.

Making a traditional Asteroids game was something I always wanted to do.  The big reason why was because it was my Dad's favorite game.  I figured since my Mom and Dad were paying for all of this school that I should make something for them (sorry Mom).  Because of all of this I chose to make a traditional asteroids game...with a few twists.  Check it!

Friday, January 8, 2010

College Chronicles Part 3: Katamari Arkanoids

Only two months after Extreme Pong 2 I got to a class called Structures of Game Design (SGD).  In this two month class we got a crash course in designing games from the ground up.  We learned about breaking things down into easily maintainable features that we could use to mark progress.  We also learned a bit about taking all the things we had learned so far in the program and applying it to a game.  This included using DirectX (previous class), vector math, using data to drive your game, and many other techniques and technologies.

Everyone in the class was tasked with a project for the first month.  This was to make an Arkanoids/Breakout type game using the material that was taught in class.  At the time I could tell that Toni (my girlfriend at the time, now wife) was getting a bit frustrated with my amount of free time (which was zero).  I knew it was only going to get worse so I wanted to get her involved so I could spend more time with her.  I am no game designer by any means, but I can roll with ideas.

I explained the project and asked her how I could make something she would like to play.  She simply said, "Just make Katamari", which I think was a joke (we had been playing it a bit at the time).  That peaked my interest, and this is what came out of it: