A game development diary (and other stuff too)
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April-June 2000 (oldest-to-newest)
I still haven't heard if I passed, but my instructor
says that he would have heard if there was anything bad.
I've heard graduation is in May, which is when I'll
actually get my belt. Then after 6 months they stitch your
name onto the belt.
I recently acquired Rayman 2
and Resident Evil for Dreamcast.
Oh my word are these games tasty! I played the original
Resident Evil on PSX, but never played parts 2 & 3.
I was surprised, then, to discover the gameplay and controls
to be almost exactly the same as what I remember. I do have
a couple minor gripes, but for the most part the game is
sweet. The 3D model of Claire in particular is so realistic.
As for Rayman, I just got into it last night, but it seems
I received my scores from my black belt test and am happy
to report I passed! Plus, I don't have to re-test on
anything. My scores were actually lower than I thought
they'd be. The judge assigned to me was watching
everything. Graduation is on May 20th which is when
I'll actually get the belt. Then I have to wait until next
January until they stitch my name into it.
I went to Lake Tahoe this past weekend where me, my
fiancee, and another couple spent much of Saturday playing
Sega Swirl. It's remarkably fun
in 4-player mode. We even decided against going skiing
since we were having so much fun. I can't wait for more
4-player games like that on Dreamcast.
It's been a while, but I don't really have much to
report. I'm still on the first disc of
Resident Evil and
haven't touched Rayman to a large
degree yet. Come to think of it I haven't even played a PC
game in weeks. Guess I'm more of a console man. Kinda sad
since I used to spend all my free time on the computer
during college. Or maybe that's the sad part :)
If you happened to come by recently you may have hit the
site while it was down. I recently switched web hosting
providers and there was a little snag in the transfer.
Everything seems to be working now, though (except for some
of the counters).
I'll be heading to E3 next week. The company's paying for
it this time which is good, but that also means I'll have to
man the booth. Ah well, I'm not complaining. As long as I
get some time off to look around I'll be happy.
How can a game with such trivial puzzles and
one-dimensional gameplay be so darn fun? I mean come on.
You go from room to room shooting the monster-du-jour.
You find an lever? Pull it. You find an object? Take it.
The use of most objects is blindingly obvious. The only
thing that caught me so far was having to "Check"
everything. Stupid dragonfly key.
But the game is soooo fun and soooo engrossing! The
cinemas and atmosphere suck you in. Way to go Capcom!
I'll be gone to E3 this week so will likely update again
sometime next week.
I totally forgot to mention two majorly cool events at
E3. Both Nick Ferguson and George Bain stopped by the VM
Labs booth to say hi. I knew Nick was going to be at E3,
but George was a total surprise. It's nice to put faces to
names of people I feel like I've known for ages.
E3 was very cool despite my having to man the booth all
three days. I actually enjoyed talking with everyone that
stopped by about NUON. Most everyone was very receptive
and excited about what we are doing. There were only two
people I spoke to that just didn't "get it". I admit it
took me a while to come to terms about what NUON is trying
to do so I can cut them some slack. I don't want to turn
this into a company pitch though so I'll cut myself off
We had several celebrities in our VIP suite which was
separate from our main booth. They signed their DVDs for
people and a couple even came out to the main booth to
sign. I had the pleasure of eating lunch with George
Kennedy on Saturday which was my personal highlight of the
show. Mr. Kennedy has been in some older films such as
Cool Hand Luke and The Eiger Sanction, but
you probably know him from the Naked Gun movies.
He was extremely nice to everyone. It was fun listening
to his stories from his career.
I finished Resident Evil
yesterday. I only got a "D" score, but I don't think I'll
replay the game for a while. I need to focus on
Rayman 2 now. E3 just reminded
me how many must-have games are coming out in the next few
I finally sank my teeth into
Rayman 2 this weekend. What a
beautiful game! The sights and more importantly sounds in
the game are just fantastic. I've always been a big fan of
great musical scores and Rayman has that covered nicely.
I'm not sure how long the game is, but I wouldn't be
disappointed if it was on the short side. This summer looks
to be a great one for Dreamcast owners and I'll need all the
time I can get to play the games coming out.
It didn't take much time - I finished
Rayman 2 without much trouble. It
wasn't very difficult, but the atristry in the game is just
so rich that I didn't mind. I only got 88% of the lums
though so I'll have to go back and get the rest at some
I'm a bit under the weather at the moment so forgive me
if I'm brief.
These next few months are going to race by due to the
amount of stuff I'll be doing. My fiancee and I are going
to Europe for two weeks this month. Then July is full of
wedding preparations (including the requisite parties).
We're also going to Vegas with some friends over 4th of
July. Finally, we're getting married in August and taking
a few days off for the honeymoon. Should be fun!
I pre-ordered Space Channel 5
recently (with accompanying soundtrack). I'm sooo looking
forward to that since I'm such a big fan of music
Europe was a blast. It was also very exhausting so
it's nice to be back. We drove from Paris to Fussen (in
Germany) to Venice and finally to Rome. All told it was
nearly 24 hours of driving - not all at once of course.
The Germans drive very well; I love the autobahns. The
Italians on the other hand...
My Space Channel 5 order
arrived shortly before I left. Unfortunately the package
was ripped and the game was missing. I guess someone at
UPS saw the Sega name on the package and wanted it for
themself. I should have a replacement in a week or
I'm gearing up to start work on a game soon. I just
need to find time to do it. I don't really know what kind
of game it will be. I do have a plan for the game engine
which I think will be ultra cool if I can pull it off. I
just need to come up with a game that uses the engine.
Once I start working on the engine and have something to
show for it I'll relate more information.
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