Creativity and Design

Game design is hard

Category : General Jan 24th, 2018

Designing a game is way more difficult that I ever imagined, kudos to those companies who do well in this industry. I have been testing different technologies and languages and the more research and study time I commit to the project the more I realize it is a monumental task. Not impossible, just monumental.

I have completed a few tests with scrolling graphics, hit-boxes and touch controls and it feels great when the things just happen on the screen. I will continue this experiment as long as I can and hope at least I can produce something slightly amusing.

The original plans for the game will probably have to wait due to the simple fact I do not have the technical knowledge to make things happen. Some people have told me “sell your idea to SUPERCELL” but let’s be realistic here, ideas are worthless if they are not implemented.

Selling a prototype is a much solid prospect than offering a set of ideas and rules. Nobody ever got rich by having an idea and sitting on it. Ideas require action and action leads to results.

I give up on Dribbble

Category : General Jan 18th, 2018

I learned about Dribbble about two years ago and despite the bad criticism from some internet armchair “experts” it continues to amaze me with the quality of work displayed there. Specially work from accounts like Creative Mints their work is absolutely incredible

I have been trying to get an invitation, I tried different social media contacts and apparently it is virtually impossible. So even though I still have a dribbble account I am going to stop looking for a way in, because who knows, maybe my work is really not good enough. “I have to improve” that is my daily mantra.

Dribbble continues to be a reliable source of creativity and inspiration but unfortunately I will continue to enjoy their gorgeous site from the bench. πŸ™‚

Free “Legend of Zelda” mobile wallpaper

Category : General Nov 13th, 2017

I made this mobile wallpaper a while ago, it works well with most iPhones. Feel free to share it, just link back to my site, thanks.

I am learning to code

Category : General Nov 6th, 2017

A couple of days ago I posted a twitter poll to get a sample of the type of phones people use. I have been wanting to write a useful app for years but always postponed it due to work and other calamities. Real life gets in the way sometimes.

To make apps for Android I need to learn Java and for iOS I need to learn Swift. For someone like me who hasn’t programmed anything in a long time it is going to be a long and difficult road. These languages are new to me and I am unfamiliar with the syntax.

The reason to write an app is simple, I have original ideas that I want to produce into usable apps and nobody is making them. So I am going to make them myself. I already started courses and so far so good but the more I get into it the harder it gets to retain all the concepts. Coding is hard and it requires many hours of tedious practice, but nonetheless I am having fun learning.

On April 2017, I posted a fake commercial for a game called Clash Racing and people to this day are still asking about the game. Just to clarify, Supercell had nothing to do with the commercial I made it as derivative fan art, however this idea has potential and plenty of people are excited about it, I already have sketches and game play mechanics, I know how to draw, design and conceptualize but I am missing the most important component, coding experience.

I am not saying I will make Clash Racing by myself, while not impossible it would take many years for one person to code a polished game like the one I have in mind but I have to start somewhere, I might give up, I might succeed but I am sure I want to try to make something. Inaction is the enemy.

So I am slowly climbing a mountain, I am learning to code.

Site Update and news

Category : Announcements, General Oct 25th, 2017

Sometimes less is more, the shiny over-complicated website I had is gone and I have opted for cleaning all of the junk code left behind by Fusion Builder (what a mess), now I am using this simple theme and I think it works just fine. I might even get the full theme version. This new layout is clean, simple and it is made for creative types like myself. It works, I like it and I hope I don’t break it.

I’ve been gone for a while and I know I just made a couple of posts since April, I really appreciate all the emails, messages of support and your kind words. I never expected people to respond well to my work, I apologize for not responding to all your messages, they are too many and I do not have an assistant, also I was too busy with work and life.

This project is supposed to be fun, if it produces something useful or solves a problem it will be worth it. I am going to start making other things not related to Supercell I hope you stay because it will get interesting. Some of you have asked me why @clashroyale does not follow me on Instagram anymore, I do not have an answer, but I noticed they unfollowed everyone overnight. I am ok with this.