GameDevDan vs Life – Devlog 02 (Preliminary Games List)

Yesterday I announced my brand new project and games compilation GameDevDan vs Life. The pack will feature 50 of my past games from my career in game development so far. As pointed out by high school friend and former “Wormintheworks” teammate Botothy, the screenshot I shared featured a game that won’t be in the pack (cos it’s his lol). In fact, the current version of the launcher reads from a list of games many of which I either don’t have access to anymore or published for other developers, so for clarity here is the actual list of games which I expect feature in the pack upon release:

  1. Antibody Blast
  2. Antibody Blast 2
  3. Antibody Blast 3
  4. Antibody Blast: Go
  5. Balloon Festival
  6. Ballooning Over The Ocean
  7. Brash Kangaroo: Portals*
  8. Chickens and Moles 2012
  9. Chickens and Moles 2013
  10. Concentrik
  11. Cosmos
  12. Cosmos Origins: Delegates In Peril
  13. Dan’s Narcissistic Adventure in Jam Land
  14. Dewey Feed Grogg
  15. Guitar Master
  16. Guitar Master II
  17. Guitar Master III
  18. Gyro Boss vs Life**
  19. HannaH
  20. Harrison Keats
  21. Hob’s Ash***
  22. I have never
  23. Jam Battle Shooting Gallery****
  24. Just Pop Bubbles
  25. Kitty Pounce
  26. Last One Standing: Paper Pumpkin Apocalypse
  27. Last One Standing: Tiny Panda Barrage
  28. Louise Payne: Criminal Damage
  29. Maggot In a Frying Pan*****
  30. Papantzin
  31. Pharmer Phil’s Phlock
  32. Potato Patch Propaganda
  33. Profanity Bot
  34. Radslaughter******
  35. Ring Of Fire
  36. Santa’s Christmas Defence
  37. Shuffled
  38. Store Room
  39. Sudz
  40. Super Honeybees Cluster on Hornet
  41. SuperBeanJump
  42. Thawed Out
  43. The Mystery Of Bockston House
  44. Tiny Pirate Captain
  45. WillO 2012
  46. WillO 2013
  47. Winmoo 2008
  48. Wish that I could be human
  49. Zhat
  50. Zhat: Reloaded

*Wasn’t called this originally, it’s a re-brand of a fan game.
**An exclusive version of Gyro Boss just for this pack.
***Seeking permission/deal from the story-writer, though the game itself was made by me.
****Originally “YoYo House Jam Battle Shooting Gallery”, to be changed for obvious reasons.
*****Seeking permission/deal from Dadiomouse, will re-brand if needed.
******Has already featured in NAL is Alive.

It’s gonna be a long old haul to get all of them working smoothly on new PCs but I’m looking forward to delivering the finished article! Follow me on Twitter for more updates.

GameDevDan vs Life – Devlog 01

Today on Twitter I announced a brand new project for Chequered Ink called GameDevDan vs Life. Prior to our business partnership over at CI, NAL and I had both released a whole bunch of fantastic games on our journey as budding young developers. At the end of last year NAL released a compilation of over 130 games on Steam called NAL is Alive. Now it’s my turn! 😛

Development has begun on my own game compilation, which will feature 50 games updated for new PCs. You can see an early screen shot of the launcher below:

The launch screen as of 09/06/2017

The launcher is already up and running and I’d love to throw out a version right now for you to play with, but first the actual content needs a little TLC. GameDevDan vs Life will feature all of my entries to the GameMaker Community Jam, as well as many of my commercial games released for mobile and desktop devices over the last ten years.

Where possible I hope to make each game compatible with gamepads and keyboards so that the flow from launcher to game is as smooth as possible. Some games, however, were built entirely for touch controls and will undoubtedly feel better with the mouse.

So there we have it – big news, I hope to bring you more of these devlogs as I progress through the project!

GE2017 First Reactions

GE2017Ok, so my first reaction was raucous laughter but that’s not actually helpful. I was honestly expecting to wake up to a Conservative landslide so you can forgive me for indulging in a good chuckle. Here’s a quick first assessment of the things we now know about this election:

  • Theresa May called this vanity election purely for her own selfish gains and has wasted our time and money and actually destabilised this country’s position in Brexit negotiations. Her own supporters should be fuming.
  • Never take the public for granted. The 20-point lead the Conservatives enjoyed in the polls has been squandered to a lead of just 2 points since the election was called. You cannot run a campaign based entirely on unfounded smears and expect the public to back you, we’re fed up with it.
  • This election was all about May vs. Corbyn and the minority parties (Greens & UKIP) have been crushed as a result. The Greens deserved to make gains, at least in Bristol West, where they threw the kitchen sink at it. But many green-leaning people (myself included) wanted to throw their weight behind Labour to stop a Tory landslide. We’ll survive, UKIP won’t.
  • The SNP were always going to get fewer seats than last time (56/59 is unsustainable) but they took a massive unexpected blow in this election losing 21 seats. However, 35 out of 59 is still a landslide by most standards and in many of the seats snatched by the Tories the combined left-wing vote would have defeated them. The Conservatives can absolutely not take Scotland for granted.
  • The polls have been all over the place in this election, but Survation called it with three separate polls predicting a ~1 point lead in the last week. Well done you guys. If we can ever trust polls again, the pollsters are going to have to start reading the mood of the nation properly instead of lumping people into lazy, ill-defined groups.
  • Labour absolutely must back proportional representation. They got 40% of the vote, and 40% of the seats, which is quite amazing for FPTP voting. However the Conservatives, have 48% of the seats on 42% of the vote. It doesn’t sound like a lot, but the likely outcome is now a CON-DUP coalition, which would have been numerically impossible if the seats were fairly distributed.

    At the time of writing the total seats are as follows:
    CON 315, LAB 261, SNP 35, LD 12, DUP 10, SF 7, PC 4, GRN 1

    when under Party-list PR or AMS the results could be:
    CON 276 (-39), LAB 261 (-), SNP 20 (-15), LD 47 (+35), DUP 6 (-4), SF 5 (-2), PC 3 (-1), GRN 10 (+9), UKIP 12 (+12), SDLP 2 (+2), UUP 2 (+2), OTH 6 (+6).

    It doesn’t take a maths whiz to figure out that under PR we’d be seeing either a minority-right wing or minority-left wing government with confidence and supply from the Liberal Democrats.

    To anyone who hates the idea of disorder that may sound like a nightmare, but it’s better for democracy if parties have to reach a compromise to push their agenda through parliament. One of the reasons we British are so fed up with politics is that we have yo-yo governments who lurch from left to right forcing a hardened agenda on a population that doesn’t fully support it.

  • Even with a possible right-wing, hard Brexit coalition of the Conservatives and the DUP, Theresa May is now extremely unlikely to be able to force through her most unpopular and damaging policies. Unless there is an election re-run, you can hopefully kiss goodbye to a free vote on the return of fox hunting, draconian internet regulation and repeal of our fundamental human rights.
  • In Kingswood, our hard work paid off a little but not enough (I was backing Labour rather than the Greens this time around). Sadly Mhairi Threlfall couldn’t take away Chris Skidmore’s seat, but we did boost Labour’s vote share and I’d like to think we helped the Labour surge at a national level.
  • Finally, I know Labour hasn’t exactly won this election, but it feels like a victory for the left after two years of non-stop smears from the press. Some of the coverage of Labour and Jeremy Corbyn has bordered on incitement to hatred and I take great pleasure in seeing the stranglehold of the tabloids slowly weakening. Also, huge belly-laughs to all those right-wing blowhards swaggering about saying “Labour and the left are finished forever”. Mate, we’ve only just started.

Full results / election coverage on the BBC.

It’s time for change, vote for a compassionate UK

Five PartiesGoing into this snap election we have seven years of proof that Conservative Party policy has made Britain a worse place to live. We have all the facts and all the figures we need to know that spending cuts aren’t working. We need to invest in Britain.

Since 2010, homelessness is up, child poverty is up, foodbank use has gone through the roof. Disabled people, young people, poor people have all been hit hard by massive cuts to their benefits. Real-terms wages in the UK are lagging behind most other developed economies. Front-line police numbers have been cut by around 20,000 – so have armed forces personnel. The NHS is in crisis and fire departments are struggling. Libraries, youth clubs and sure start centers are having to close down because councils can’t afford to keep them open. All this and the national debt is twice as high as it was seven years ago, standing at £1.8 trillion.

By almost any standard you might choose to measure the success of a country, we are failing. Britain is a proud, tolerant and compassionate country. We help those who are down on their luck and we expect them to help us back. We’re facing a choice on June 8th between a Conservative government who have failed, on their own terms, to pay down this country’s debt without harming the British people, and a Labour party who, although they may be unpopular, are committed to delivering a fairer society for everyone.

Don’t get drawn into the politics of personality on June 8th, vote for a fair and compassionate United Kingdom. It’s time for change.

What would stop you from voting Conservative?

This post isn’t intended to be a whinge or a moan, I’m genuinely curious to get some feedback here. If you’re thinking of voting Conservative on June 8th, whether you’re a lifelong supporter or a floating voter, is there anything the opposition parties could do to change your mind?

This week the scale of (alleged) Conservative electoral fraud became more apparent, some of Theresa May’s top staffers quit, and she launched her election campaign in a series of Tory-safe locations while refusing to talk to journalists. Meanwhile Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour have been getting out on doorsteps announcing bold new policies like a £10 minimum wage and four new “patriotic” bank holidays.

The result is that the Conservatives have now extended their lead in the polls and a whopping 50% of people are planning to vote for them on June 8th according to ComRes. A couple of polls even suggested that they could win a chunk of seats from the SNP in the liberal-left safe haven of Scotland.

I know my brand of politics isn’t popular in the UK at the moment, I’m under no illusion that people agree with me a great deal, but I do have a fairly good understanding of the Conservatives’ record over the last seven years and the kind of issues people tell me they care about locally (libraries, hospitals, their childrens’ education etc).

This is a genuine question to people who are considering voting Conservative: Are there any policies the opposition parties could offer, or anything the Conservatives could do badly, that would change your vote? Please Tweet me your answers @GreenDanJ or send them to me on my Facebook page. I won’t argue or debate, I’m here to listen and learn.

See also: The effects of Conservative policy from 2010-2017