Monthly Archives: October 2015
Hi everyone! We’re down at PAX Australia showing off a brand new feature of Objects in Space which we’re very excited to announce. You’ll be able to build your own ship consoles and have them interface directly with
the game! To prove it, we build a few of our own and have them on the show floor at PAX.
Using a virtual serial port, you can have Objects in Space trigger buttons, LEDs or switches, allowing you to literally build your very own ship from scratch. If you’re in Melbourne, come check it out for yourself at the PAX show floor!
Meanwhile, to celebrate this feature announcement, we’ve released the first ever footage of the game! Jump on over to the Flat Earth Games YouTube Channel to see a video walkthrough of an encounter between a Ceres light freighter and a pirate in the Magellan system.
Sign up for the mailing list if you want to be kept up to date with more details, and check out the Objects in Space web site for a full dev blog with details of how we built our own stuff!
Digitally Downloaded, a local games web site, ran a roundtable feature article today which asked a series of questions of a list of developers from throughout Australia. The list of devs includes myself, Santana Mishra (Witch Beam), Morgan Jaffit (Defiant Development), Nicole Stark (Disparity Games), Paul Turbett (Black Lab Games), Neil Rennison (Tin Man Games), Ross Symons (Big Ant Studios), Nic Watt (Nnooo) and Trent Kusters (Armello).
Questions cover all sorts of things about the Australian games development industry, so if you want to get a great, multi-voiced 50’000ft overview of what it’s like to make games in Australia, this is the article to check out and share. Every one of these developers has great things to say which are important for anyone trying to make it as a games developer here.
I’ve been quite candid in this interview about battling depression and anxiety, which has hit me particularly hard this year. I suppose I’ve just decided that it’s something I want to be more open about now so that I can be some kind of support both for the students that I teach in my part time job at the Academy of Interactive Entertainment and for other developers, family and friends.
With that in mind, I’ve also agreed to be on a panel at PAX Australia called More Than a Game: Playing for Mental Health and Wellbeing. It’ll take place on the Saturday of PAX (31st October) at 3-4pm at the Wombat Theatre. You can find it on the map (right) or you can come say hi at our booth.. Please do come along, feel free to ask me or the vast panel of excellent speakers on the subject any questions you’d like. Alternatively, anyone who’d like to talk can approach me immediately after the panel. I’ll make a point of sticking around and carrying on the conversation with anyone who’s interested in talking.
Be well, everyone, and I look forward to seeing you all at PAX!
For the fourth year in a row, we’ve decided to hop on down to Melbourne for the combination of PAX and GCAP (that’s the Game Connect Asia-Pacific conference for those unaware). This year, Rohan and I will be giving a talk on our relationship with the craft of game development over time. The theme for this year is ‘Loving the craft’, so that’s mainly what we’ll be discussing.
But wait! There’s more! If you were on Twitter this morning, you might’ve seen me involved in a hailstorm of rapid-fire tweets under the hashtag #GCAPChat, in which Leigh joined fellow developers Brie Code, Nicole Stark (who was on the Women in Games panel with me at PAX last year) and James Everett to facilitate a general discussion on Twitter about a range of topics which will be important at this year’s conference.
We talked about the biggest challenges the industry currently faces, the greatest opportunities open to us, our thoughts on incoming new tech, and of course, diversity in games – why we still suck at it so much and how important it is to help get better at it.
I had a great time chatting, and it was all thanks to GCAP and the organiser Tara Brannigan, so please check out the full Storified version of the discussion here to catch up and set the mood for what I’m sure will be another exciting and inspiring conference!
Happy Saturday, folks! This is just a quick announcement that if you’re going to be at PAX Australia this year (and let’s face it, who in this part of the world isn’t?), then be sure to check out the PAX Rising indie pavilion for some hands-on time with Objects in Space.
To celebrate this news, we’ve updated the Objects in Space web site with a new gallery of screenshots (mainly of the Ceres class starship), and have a dev blog post from our lead artist Mathew Purchase about the transition from 2D to 3D and what that meant for the development cycle.
Check it all out and if you’re keen for more spacefaring submarine-influenced intrigue and excitement, then we’ll see you at PAX Australia!
Sincerely, the Flat Earth Games team…
Rohan has posted a new dev blog over on objectsgame.com outlining the jump from 2D to 3D.
For those unaware, Objects in Space was originally going to be an entirely 2D game, using pixel art graphics on everything from the main bridge to space stations and NPCs. What we discovered, however, was that the level of functionality we intended for the game simply wouldn’t work on an entirely 2D plane.
We wanted to switch to 3D, but knew we didn’t have the resources to compete with high-end space trading games like Elite: Dangerous, so we agreed to keep the low-fi look of the game even as we went 3D.
The poly counts and texture resolutions were kept very low to evoke that pixel-art feel. Each monitor would become its own interactive texture, and the player could zoom in and out with a simple left-click/right-click interface.
Check out the dev blog from Rohan here!