It has been a fun few years, but I feel it is time to move my blog.
I'm afraid the blog section of IMG has been forgotten, with most blog sites offering simple and easy forum like posting abilities the IMG blog still relies on HTML knowledge...
So sadly, as the last person still using the blogs here it is time for me also to move on... my new blog can be found at cobrablade.tumblr.com
Posted on February 18, 2011 at 3:56 am
Anyone who tried to access my site during the past 48 hours may be wondering why it was down. This was just due to me transferring my domain over to Crazy Domains. Everything should be back to normal now and I apologise for any inconvenience.
Posted on February 15, 2011 at 9:55 pm
New Site Design|
I'm still working on POWERSLAM and still hope to have it out some time this year. Hopefully I can share some screen shots once I have done the guts of the graphical stuff.
I'm also hard at work on a new site design. It has taken all day but you'll be able to see that the work has paid off when you see the new look of CobraBlade.com.
Posted on June 28, 2010 at 12:54 am
New direction & Interview|
I have two very news worthy items to report and they both happened today.
Last week I decided to unify all of my future games by giving them all the same setting. It'll be a while yet, but when I redo Soulless it'll also fit into this theme, so there will be some radical changes made to it.
The other news item is that my friend Erik Hogan conducted an interview with me regarding my game development which also comes out on this day. The interview can be found over at Earok.net.
I have also pasted it below for everyone's convenience.
Tell us a bit about yourself
I'm a 27 year old indie Mac game developer from Australia. I am also a Mac gamer with currently around 65 Mac games. My main interests are games, anime, as well as steampunk and cyberpunk.
What compelled you to become a game designer?
Well I have always been very artistic. The furthest back I can remember I wanted to create games. I use to draw all sorts of characters and think up stories and what the game would be like. For the most part they were all fighting based game ideas with the odd exception.
How did you become introduced to games?
Ah, I can blame my parents for that and my gaming addiction. They have a photo of me at around 6 months of age playing the Atari 2600. I've played games ever since. Growing up I got a Commodore 64 and then every SEGA console from the Master System onwards. Once SEGA pulled out of the console war I did too and don't play as many console games as I use to.
What tools do you use to create your games?
Well I have used all sorts in the past but I suppose the best place to focus is on my 1st finished project, Soulless. For this I started out in NovaShell, but being as hopeless at coding as I am I got frustrated so Googled game engines for the Mac that needed no programming. That is how I found Power Games Factory which I used to create Soulless from that point on.
Why do you exclusively make games for the Macintosh? Have you considered other platforms (Including Mobile, Web etc)
Game creation is very time consuming, even if you have nothing to show for it but a lot of half finished games. So I ended up retiring this aspect of my life for the remainder of being a PC owner. It wasn't until as a Mac owner I came across the game Kill Monty and saw the logo "OMG Original Mac Games". As a Mac gamer, this really spoke to me. I felt this was exactly what the platform needed, more original games. As game creation was what I always wanted to do, it just felt right. Supporting other platforms certainly isn't out of the question, although the Mac will always be my main priority.
How did your deal with MDickie come about?
After the disappointment of how Soulless was received and having it compared to games made by entire studios I decided to try and think outside the square. What was something that hasn't been done before? Since I have been a fan of wrestling games for some time this sprung to mind. There are not any wrestling games on the Mac and very few even on PC. Wrestling games however are extremely complex,and there was one I thought was a lot of fun that I played a long time ago. So I contacted Mat and asked him if I could licence the engine from him.
I understand that Soulless has been distributed through pirate channels. How did you feel about this?
Really shocked and really hurt. A lot of hard work and money went into making it that I'll never get back and you really feel awful when someone just takes that all away from you and gives it away leaving you with nothing. What really keeps me going though are the people that have supported me by buying my game. So a huge thank you goes out to them.
Tell us about how you went about marketing and selling Soulless
As a regular customer of Macgamestore my original goal was to get it onto there. When I was knocked back from there I asked Wally of Game Socks (another store I regularly visit) if I could get my game on his site. He told me they source their games from Reflexive so I contacted them. Reflexive were great and gave me suggestions they thought would make my game more marketable so I did this and have had my game on there ever since. Aside from this I also put a demo out on all of the major Mac file portals and even submitted it to Apple themselves who have it on their games download section.
Are there any indie game developers that you admire or draw inspiration from?
Funnily enough when I started out I had no real idea there were others like me doing whole games on their own, my goal in the beginning was to make games and get noticed by a big company like SEGA. Today though, I know a lot more and I take pride in being independent. As for admiration, after seeing Mat's code itself that powers his games I have to say his name comes to mind as does yourself having seen your coding ability firsthand also. Jesse Simko is also awesome and to be honest, just how easy and fun his Power Game Factory was inspired me to finally see a game through from start to finish. I swear that game creator is just as much fun as playing a game itself.
Finally, if someone was to ask you for advice about becoming a game designer, what would you tell them?
Mat Dickie said it is often a thankless job and he wasn't wrong. More often than not your single handed effort will be compared to what is done by entire studios so just ignored. Or even worse, if like myself your main focus is of more retro type games as that is what you feel is most enjoyable you even get those who will say they can just illegally download game X for free and run it on an emulator so why pay money for your game. Don't take it too much to heart if that happens though. I mean some of the most hated games by some can be loved by others. I know some of my favourite games aren't hits by any means. Also be sure to try and stick to one project, as you will find yourself with a million ideas flying through your head, but if you jump from one game to the other you'll end up in the situation I was in back when I tried to be a indie PC game maker and end up with just a whole bunch of unfinished games. Despite all the cons the great feeling you get when people buy your game and like it can't be described.
Posted on May 4, 2010 at 2:52 pm
Reflexive going solo|
I have some bad news to share with everyone. My publisher Reflexive is about to retire this part of their company and concentrate exclusively on their own games from now on. This means that Soulless and Powerslam my current game in production will now only be available from my own person site at www.cobrablade.com
Posted on April 4, 2010 at 1:38 am
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