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Ludum Dare 26
I think that this LD was too close to the 7DFPS competition. For some reason, I have little motivation this weekend and I’m just going to watch other people make their games instead of making my own. I think the problem was that I didn’t get enough sleep and my first idea was too ambitious. My second idea, which I started making, is pretty mediocre and I don’t really have any passion for it at all. I think I’ll make my first idea outside of the Ludum Dare competition because I think it’s pretty interesting.
Hopefully I’ll take part in the next Ludum Dare.
This is my 2nd Ludum Dare try and I made the cliche error of making an idea that is way too ambitious for 48 hours.
My idea was a business simulation where the world would update once every ten seconds. I wrote about 300 text document lines of concept which took me nearly 4 hours. I started to think about how to write the structure of the program and it just wasn’t doable in 48 hours. It’s basically an MMO idea which I may work on some time in the future.
I’m switching to a much simpler idea now. A shoot-em-up with +10 second power ups which allow you to keep you alive. The way I see it, the simpler the idea, the longer I can spend on making some good graphics.
Shitty energy drinks and no sleep gives me bad ideas.
I’m joining this weekend’s Ludum Dare competition. This is my second try at the comp. I hope to get a better score than I did last year. Here is what I’m using:
Java with the Eclipse IDE. Also using a library I wrote called Macmilib which is at the bottom of the post.
GIMP for graphics and Graphics Gale for animation.
Fruity Loops Studio, Audacity and SFXR. (Maybe Musagi aswell).
Macmilib can be found here (because of the rules):
Currently there is no documentation for it. It has things like a software-based 3D renderer which is soon to include CUDA for hardware accelaration. It will include things like 3D sound and things like that after the LD.
Youtube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/CryoOfficial
I’ve been wanting to try my hand at the Ludum Dare competition for a while now. I’ve thought about it in the past but I didn’t think I’d be able to live up to the 48 hour limit. I saw that LD48 was on this weekend and I thought “Why not?”.
I’ve never read anything else about Ludum Dare apart from it’s a game-making competition where you’re given a strict time limit. Because this is all I knew, I felt the need to completely rush and get the most out of the time I had.
LD48 starts at 3am where I live and I didn’t want to stay up the whole night. I slept around 4 hours then decided to live-stream me making the game. This is where I first went wrong.
When the theme was given I had already been live-streaming for about 5 hours of a Fallout standby. I thought live-streaming was a thing that everyone was encouraged to do but it did more bad than good to me. Reasons why I hated live-streaming:
- The competition started and I felt the urge to get something done straight away just because I was being watched by a few people. This meant that I rushed the idea and brainstorming process and decided on a concept that was completely dry and tasteless with no real distinguishable like to the theme.
- It made me rush the programming 10 fold. I was rushing the program to a serious level that I was getting errors on build every single time. The fact that I didn’t get a shred of sleep probably enhanced the ugliness of the code.
- It made me stressed when I got tedious bugs. Because I felt the need to rush, whenever I got little blips or bugs I felt embarrassed because people watching the stream could see.
- I didn’t have any breaks. This made me want to procrastinate like a bitch. I wanted to just stop the stream and just not do the Ludum Dare.
I started coding at around 3 – 3:20 am then finished around 9. The only good part about the stream was that it was all recorded and I could talk to a few interesting people while I waited for the comp to start. Next time I’ll probably just use a timelapse program on the LD tools section.
I still have 24 hours to improve, re-write or completely start again from scratch. I’m very tempted to say the least.
Even though I had a bad first experience, I’ve become addicted to this competition. The community as a whole is just brilliant. I could just spend the whole day talking to people on the IRC, watching people’s streams and reading blog posts during this event. Great fun, I’ll definitely be submitting to all the next Mini-LDs and LD48s.