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How I Started Making Games

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In the year of 2015, I had started to try to learn programming to make games. I had absolutely no clue how to even get started, I didn’t know jack…. I thought programming was for the smart people (I was wrong of course and I didn’t have the right mindset). But my brother who had started programming in 2012 knew something about programming. He directed me where to start. Basically, I started with a C# language book and I was reading alot of information, thinking I was gaining programming skills.

COMPLETE FAIL I must say, I started learning after doing some real programming and then reading a book for more depth and concretion to solidify what I had done.

I couldn’t retain the information and I couldn’t connect the dots to why I was learning these concepts (variables, objects, arrays). I closed the book. My brother tried explaining the concepts to me and I couldn’t understand what he was saying, it was foreign to me, I was like WTF. I gave up for a year, and now it was 2016. I hear about this website called “Udemy”, and I take a course on Java language instead of C# language because the book didn’t make sense to me (There’s many programming languages, you don’t need to learn them all, mastering one is a good idea, and creating projects with that language is where the real action happens). The course actually started to help me out a little bit. Things started to not look so blurry anymore, I was starting to understand. But I was still writing “Hello Worlds” and small text-based programs (small calculators, small bank program, small shop, and a whole lot of text programs without any pictures).

Basically it was looking like something like this.

“How much cash would you like to deposit?”

(Me typing amount): 500 Gold;

Account Balance = 500 Gold.

Would you like to deposit Gold? Press 2 to go back to menu.

So I was like so…. how am I going to make a game from this? (I now know if you learn the Java programming language, you can make android games in Android Studio Software, not IntelliJ Software I was using). I heard about Unity (a program that makes 2D and 3D Games). But I had trouble with this, So I didn’t do Unity at that time. Then I heard about GameMaker Studios, and that there was when I really started to make 2D games. It was very easy, and there was also this drag and drop feature to make a game (But I coded it instead, in Game Maker Language). Following tutorials after tutorial made me start to connect the dots and get a game going. Programming in general, whether using Java, C#,  or C++ languages, started to make sense. Basically learning the fundamentals of coding in general regardless of which language you choose matters the most (variables, arrays, methods, classes). But I still have loads and loads more to learn, programming is very much an endless learning journey, but you don’t need to know everything, just what you need, at least learn the fundamentals and then you choose what libraries, framework, or language you want to use.

Reviewing The Reviewers

Reviews have become much more difficult to decipher nowadays in my opinion, whether it be a movie, TV show, videogame, restaurant, etcetera. Some reviewers have little to no experience with a product or similar products that came before it, and yet they can criticize or judge whether something is good or not and tell others to buy it. And you know what? They can! But now the situation becomes a muddier mess to tell whether something is good or not. Now it becomes a deducing session about finding other reviewers saying common things about a product until it almost sounds like a fact to the ears. (Example, If a lot of people keep saying the food tastes stale, then chances are the food is stale). And so forth, but we always leave that very small probability that the food is fresh. But yeah, going to end the topic here for now (I could keep going, but this is good for now I think.) Like I haven’t even gone to talk about payed reviews yet.

Nintendo Switch Review (March 6th)

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Let me get the obvious out the way first, the Nintendo Switch is a great console when it comes to portability from handheld to console as its flawless and easy. The UI is very responsive and fast, going back to the home menu is like a snap of the fingers.

As for the library of games at launch, it’s disappointing, only about five games to play. So if you don’t like Zelda, then there isn’t much for you to enjoy until at least April when indie games hit the market and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe comes out. Some of the indie games next month will be implementing HD RUMBLE which will be exciting.

Do I enjoy the Nintendo Switch? Only because of Zelda I do, otherwise I wouldn’t like it that much because there isn’t much software to enjoy. I’m not going to buy 1 – 2 switch, so I will have to wait to feel the new tech in the joycons. I spent $540 which is a lot of money and even with the new Zelda game it doesn’t feel justifiable, yet (I haven’t beat the game to see how good it is, only 8 hours in). However, I think at the end of the year, the switch will be amazing because lots of software and future releases to look forward too that we’ve never seen before.

Online? There isn’t much, its bare bones right now with nothing fancy, very simplified with only adding friends and thats basically it. No online games really, except for Bomberman which uses this functionality.

The pro controller is okay, I’m not too crazy about it. I prefer the joycons attached to the base remote that comes with the Switch. It seems that my thumb has to reach too far to reach the right toggle stick which leads to finger exhaustion in me after a while. I didn’t get 1-2 switch because I heard and saw reviews that the game was a waste of money for the amount of content. But I think ARMS will really show the magic of the joycons in which I have yet to feel (Because Zelda doesn’t include HD Rumble.)

Verdict? Probably wait, if you wan’t to make the smartest choice. If you like Zelda, then why not? Only a few more months until we get lots more content :). Might as well enjoy that  Zelda on that Switch.

I Bought a Nintendo Switch by Waiting in Line! (My Experience)

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When the switch came out at 12:00 midnight, I missed the console release because I decided to be a risky frisky guy and showed up thirty minutes before it officially released. At 11:30PM at Walmart. I was sitting at my computer eating tater chips and feeling lazy. I wanted to wait as short of a time as I could to get the Nintendo Switch. I come to find out that there was a small line already waiting and camping out, and my chances of switching it up was now on cracked ice. When I finally reached the top of the line I was told “Did you preorder?”, “No?”, “Sorry, we ran out of Nintendo Switches, but we still have accessories”. (“____’)  Does it look like I want mother _ _ _ _ kin accessories for my Nintendo Switch placeholder spot which was now being overshadowed by sadness? Just kidding I wasn’t being that over dramatic or dramatic at all but not going to lie I was disappointed a little bit. But anyways,  I prepped myself beforehand to feel disappointment so I wouldn’t get mad. Before I got there I thought in my mind that I wasn’t entitled to one anyways and that I should be grateful for all the stuff that I already have. This made me feel a whole lot better instead of having the “entitled” mentality. Later that night I woke up before the crack of dawn and waited in line for 2 hours at GameStop. I am fourth in line, yay! Not only am I fourth in line, but I am the LAST one to get a Switch. My patience is rewarded. I am not bragging and if you didn’t get the switch, I’m sorry, this is just my experience. I hope everyone has an awesome day and please be patient if you didn’t get a Switch and you too will be rewarded.

Working On Other Peoples Dreams But Not On Our Dreams!

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How come people can work a nine to five job for others, but can’t work a nine to five job for themselves, to accomplish their dreams? People are told by their managers to do something they might not like all the time. But when it comes to telling themselves to do something, it becomes impossible! “I’m too lazy”, “I don’t feel like it”, “I’ll do it tomorrow”, “I got this game to watch”. People do the same thing over and over again, each and every day, and are clueless and lazy to what is happening. They are being controlled by their feelings and lack discipline to control themselves. Me? I’m still struggling to work for myself. It’s not easy, or maybe it is, I don’t know. But what I do know from people who have accomplished major things in life, is that discipline is one of the keys. It’s one of the most important traits that will get us things done whether we feel like it or not. Here are a few explanations on why I think it is hard for people to get things done.

Limiting Beliefs – Limits that people cast on themselves and others like a curse. They feel like they can’t do something because of reasons that may or may not be true. The scariest part of this is when people aren’t even aware that they have limiting beliefs. How would someone go about breaking their limiting beliefs if they aren’t even aware of them? “I can’t learn algebra”, is a good example because in most cases that is not true. A lot of people who don’t know algebra can’t figure out the most common sense things to do. They will go through loads of nonsense and never figure it out. Some copy homework from others, but when it comes to test time, oh dear lord. Some will make excuses to make self-fulfilling prophecies come true, “see I told you I can’t do it”, and so it is true. “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford. When all they had to do at the end of the day is open an algebra book and read it. Or maybe read the math books that came before it.

Lack of Discipline – The lack of order and obedience to control ourselves. Since we were a little child, we have been disciplined to behave in a certain manner or else we are deemed weird and that something is wrong with us. We have to act a certain way to get and keep a job. While at our job, I think most people are disciplined enough by society to keep their job and not flip out. Also some of us don’t want to lose our only money-making methods and get fired. The question that bothers me is, why can’t we have the same discipline that we have at work? Is it because at work we only have very few things were allowed to do, so we aren’t distracted? I mean a lot of us can’t control ourselves from the distractions and diversions that run our lives at home (television, social media, cellphones). Is this the loop we put ourselves through to get over the lack of fun at work? Maybe if we had less materialistic objects, became a minimalist, and cleared our minds of things to do, we would have enough mental clarity to be able to accomplish our dreams.

Lack of Faith People that don’t believe in themselves enough to make anything happen. Why waste time if we have already reasoned with ourselves on why we cant do something? Lack of faith and Lack of Discipline are knocking on our skulls here, buy one get one free. You know how some people are cheapskates with money and waste time like its nothing? Well, they wouldn’t be fussing over money and being cheapskates if they knew how to use their time well to make it. Okay maybe they would still remain cheap, but at least they would know how to use their time more wisely.

I will end this deep topic here, I could go into deeper thought but I think this is good for now. Goodluck to everyone that is trying to accomplish their dreams.

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Gaming on PC or Console?

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PC versus Console, which one is better? PC (personal computer) is without a doubt much more superior in “hardware” compared to its electronic cousins, the consoles. Without a PC, consoles wouldn’t be that successful because developers need computers to make games. PC is also a powerhouse in software and tools and houses thousands of exclusive games. You can surf the internet, shop, watch movies, and create so many things like, art videos, videogames, and blogs. The PC has changed the world enormously. PC is also upgradable, the graphics are upgradeable enough to make the consoles graphics look laughable. Also you can have the best version of virtual reality, what can’t a PC do? Be cheap, that’s what it cannot do. If money wasn’t a problem, the PC would outweigh consoles in capabilities by a hundred mountains and more, in my opinion. Anyways, why buy a console then? Because, even though the PC looks like a rich kid that owns everything and is pitch perfect, the reality is he/she doesn’t have everything. Good PC’s are expensive and spending $300 (near cost of a console) only qualifies one to play Minecraft on low settings. Consoles on the other hand are cheap and have exclusives that PC doesn’t have. Also Consoles have different services and hardware benefits then the PC, unlike the past where it didn’t.

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Reasons to buy a Xbox One Console over PC –  If you are a competitive gamer and love online capabilities and services along with exclusive games that take full advantage of this, Halo and Gears of War. The console is $299 + taxes and has a lot of features. No other console compares to online services like Xbox One and don’t even try to say the Wii U or the PlayStation 4. You can play with hundreds of friends, message each other by text or microphone, gain achievements, and have the most flexibility and freedom out of competitive online gaming. Not to mention you can listen to music while playing games and have multiple screens on the television for movies and apps. The downside of this console is the lack of first party exclusives and you can scratch Scalebound from that list because that has been cancelled. A controversy about the Xbox One is its owned by Microsoft which is good and bad. Xbox One’s biggest weakness is the lack of first party titles and considering that Microsoft has many businesses, I start to believe it’s not their main priority.

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Reasons to buy a Wii U Console over PC – If you love Super Smash Bros, innovation with hardware that gives you different ways to play a game, and only spending $299 + taxes. The graphics are good but not mind blowing like the PC. You can make use of the gamepad’s touchscreen features and play mini-games that involve throwing ninja stars, cutting pieces of paper, coloring pictures, hide and seek, shooting bows, and etc.. Too be honest, the use of the Wii U gamepad really never reached its full potential because of the lack of developers. The biggest downsides of the Wii U is the lack of third-party games and by far the weakest online capabilities. There was no real microphone use and talking to other people was as bad as using telegraphs from the 1800s. The friends list was mediocre and joining other players was a mental challenge. Super Smash Bros, Splatoon, and Mario Kart 8 were the only titles that made very good use of the little online features. There was rarely any lag while playing with others and the gameplay was flawless. The greatest strengths of the Wii U are the first party games and gamepad. Most of the first party games felt cherished and loved and received very high review scores. Nintendo truly knows how to make “fun” games and is a company who is driven at its best to make it happen.

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Reasons to buy a PlayStation 4 over PC – PlayStation 4’s greatest strengths are the cheapest virtual reality headsets for $399 and best console graphics. They also have more first party exclusives then the Xbox One but IMO not as good as Nintendo’s. The online is good and better than the Wii U’s online. However, its online is not as good as Xbox One. PlayStation is a great console.

You may be wondering what platform I spend the most time on, that would be the PC. There is so many things to do on it. As for my most spent time Console, that would be the Wii U because the games are phenomenal. The next would be the Xbox One because I love competitive games and playing with friends. At the end of the day PC could never replace consoles. Even if I have a thousand dollar PC with many games.

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HyperSensitiveBob a Game that I Love and Hate

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I bought this game for a $1.00 on the Steam Winter Sale on my PC a few months ago. And boy, my dollar surely wont be missed. But the reviews are mixed on steam, so how is it good? It’s a good game, however very short. It’s like I got served half a chocolate chip cookie while the baker ate the other half and then forgot the recipe. It’s basically a rock that could have formed into a diamond if given the time but taken out of the process too soon. My expectations were as low as they should be and I got what I got. HypersensitiveBob is a rage inducing game that will make you want to smash your keyboard into pieces and scream. If you like suffering, then here you go. It’s a rogue-like game in which a character who is allergic to everything must shoot all his allergies to smithereens to get to his cure, a vaccine machine. Bees, porcupines, weird balls of dust, turkeys and etc are exterminated in the process for their vaccine bottles and dopamine chemicals. It took me about three hours to beat the game however it’s very possible to beat the game in less than an hour. After dying countless times, I finally came back in my true super saiyan form and beat the game in thirty minutes.

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The graphics are some of the best graphics I have laid my eyes upon, brimming with colors that gave me a Disney-like impression. The levels are small so avoiding enemies is like sitting next to someone in public transportation that stinks but you got no choice. Each time you beat a level you can choose an upgrade (more bullets, farther bullet range, more damage, etc). Would I pay $4.99 regular price for this title? Yes, if they were going to make a sequel to the game and give the other half of my cookie. What I mean by that is add more content because the game is too short. Would I pay a dollar? Absolutely!

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