It took a while, but now I’m starting to master Stencyl. After nearly two years of working on many unfinished Stencyl projects, I finally finished a full game. Today, Annoyed Tomatoes returns as an online Flash game. Annoyed Tomatoes originated as an iOS app, which was meant to be an Angry Birds clone. But somehow, it morphed into a shooter. Yeah, it’s a little goofy, but it’s part of Photics history. It was also a great learning experience. Now I’m better prepared for completing my Stencyl book.
I have great plans for this website — like launching another book and creating an online arcade — but I’ll have to grind through some tedious work first. I’m thinking about bringing back BOT. This could be the first complete game in the new Photics Arcade. But to do that, I’ll have to port the project from GameSalad to Stencyl. It’s quite mundane work, but I’m making great progress. I’ll be posting comments in this post about my progress, so you can follow along.
Recently I was wondering, “Where are all the good Sci-Fi shows?” Star Wars, Star Trek, Stargate, isn’t there some other Star ____ show to watch? Unfortunately, reality shows seem to dominate the dial. Why take a risk on an expensive fantasy show when it’s cheaper and easier to make shows about karaoke or partying at the Jersey Shore? This is why I’m surprised by Robot Combat League. It has the reality show format, but it feels quite unique.
It’s been a while since I’ve been impressed by a computer application. Most of the software that I use today is basically the same from 10-15 years ago. Where’s the revolutionary software that changes how I work — for the better? I remember the days when I first learned of Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. With these programs, I dramatically improved my career. That’s great for design, but what about Web Development? While Adobe is trying with programs like Muse and Edge Animate, I wasn’t feeling the same excitement. With all the rumbling about the death of Flash, where’s the replacement for creating online interactivity?
I’ve been using computers at home since the days of the TRS-80 Color Computer II. And despite all of decades that have passed since then, I haven’t been serious about backing up my data — not until this weekend. Oh sure, there were some files that I may have copied to another spot. But for the most part, I was taking risks. In the blink of an eye, thousands of photos, my books, my game projects, applications and many computer resource could have been lost. I understood the danger, but I didn’t really care. It was such a hassle to manage. But with Apple’s Time Machine, the process is simplified.