Year 12
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Making Games – the upswing.( 12th Jul 2016 )

It's not all doom and gloom. Not entirely.
It's been many years since I made a computer game. I was cut down in my prime by Windows Vista, and never really recovered. I can't bring myself to commit to anything Microsoft-related, now, because I can't trust them to still be supporting it six months from now. The new OS travesty, Windows 10, has the awesome feature of Microsoft being able to add and remove features as and when they like. If they one day decide not enough people are using the same steering wheel or webcam as you, bam, support dropped.

Oh, the manufacturer hasn't paid the fee to have their perfectly functional drivers badged my MS? Tough luck. Mandatory auto-update.

Anyway. As technology moves on, I do still have some options. My old 2D classics could, in theory, be remade entirely in Javascript and HTML5, to run in a browser. I had some fun educational games (maths and spelling) with Isegrim running around a maze. I had a pac-man clone, that I made just as a path-finding exercise. I even had a 3D game, where you race a hovertank around hunting down drones. That was fun.

My masterpiece was a repton/boulderdash game, which we just called Rocks and Monsters. It had an editor, action replays, even an in-game story system. It was awesome (imo). I'd love to come back to that sometime.

HTML isn't my only option, although at present that's the system I'm most fluent in. Unity might be better for a complex 2D game (and certainly for anything 3D), though they take a weird approach that I can't quite get my head around. I could probably shoehorn something to work the way I want it.

At the moment I'm looking into Ren'py, and the medium of Visual Novel Games. I like games, but I also like drawing, and I also like writing stories. This lets me do all three, in a single package, with (comparatively) little work required.

Watch this space, I'll keep you posted.
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21 May 17, 06:27
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19 May 17, 13:28
MikeL says:
i should have said "hopefully in favor of nice real life stuff you like". <3 :)
19 May 17, 13:26
MikeL says:
I'm checking for updates/new chapters on Dawn. I know that you are winding down your web stuff hopefully in favor of real life. Lots of thanks and compliments and love.
2 May 17, 18:45
MikeL says:
Just wanted to say thank you for everything :)
20 Apr 17, 17:12
MikeL says:
I found more of Dawn on the Whateley site and enjoyed reading it very much :) ty!!
20 Apr 17, 02:02
MikeL says:
Read the first chapter of Dawn and the only criticism is it was too short! I was done reading it too soon. More, please. :) Most enjoyable!
5 Apr 17, 21:45
MikeL says:
You know how much I like the Whateley universe and how much i like your writing so "Dawn" is going to be, i am sure, the greatest mixture of two good things since peanut butter and jelly. Will be following it intently. :)
2 Apr 17, 16:58
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11 Mar 17, 15:58
MikeL says:
And thank you. I feel honored that you give me clues and name me. :)
11 Mar 17, 15:55
MikeL says:
no more Verity's Ark. All good things must come to an end and V.A. was THE BEST!!!! Congrats on your writing. :) Love you.
6 Mar 17, 07:58
E.E. says:
And that's the end of my NaNoWriMo story.
11 Feb 17, 10:14
E.E. says:
Progress is good on the new story, but I don't want to give away too much. A clue for MikeL, though: the working title is 'Dawn'
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1 Feb 17, 22:15
E.E. says:
Starting work today on a new story. More details will follow...
30 Jan 17, 01:19
MikeL says:
It has been a while since i visited this site and i just reread some of my old comments and i just want to apologize for being a bit of a nag. I won't bring up that story again. :(
30 Jan 17, 01:17
MikeL says:
Looking at the latest cartoon (featuring Miki) and marveling at the incredibly prolific writing, it makes me a little sad that we never got to read the ending of "Revenge of the Sunbeam." But it is nice that we get to read more EE stuff.
30 Jan 17, 01:12
MikeL says:
TY, Ise. I know that EE is a great writer. A belated Happy new year to all! :)
7 Jan 17, 01:39
Isegrim says:
Have read the story, can recommend. It gets even better :)
6 Jan 17, 19:56
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17 Dec 16, 11:02
E.E. says:
Chrome paint for the Cobra! Got all excited until I noticed it was for the Mk4. Thanks, Frontier, a paintjob for a ship I can never ever buy.
7 Dec 16, 20:50
MikeL says:
Congrats again. Will be sure to read it. :)
1 Dec 16, 12:05
E.E. says:
Okay, we have a new story! 27 chapters, posting twice a week (Monday and Thursday).
28 Nov 16, 20:26
E.E. says:
Only a couple more days to go on this year's NaNoWriMo project, and everything is on target to actually have a completed story by the end of the month. Watch this space!
26 Nov 16, 02:51
MikeL says:
Congratulations on your story's progress. I realize it is never going to be finished now but I want you to know that your "Sunbeam" story on the old Crystal Hall website was proof that you were a great writer (as if any were needed). :)
7 Nov 16, 22:40
E.E. says:
First 11-thousand words done. Mostly on track to have 50k words by the end of the month.
2 Nov 16, 19:05
E.E. says:
Working on a Nanowrimo story for November. Making good progress.
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