Lots of random stuff...
In the world of iPhone games...
- TINY WINGS : If you haven't gotten Tiny Wings, it's a great little treat. The skill ramp is both challenging and satisfying, and the objectives make replay both fun and frustrating.
- BATTLEHEART : By Mika Mobile (makers of OMG! Pirates) have released a fun real time strategy/action RPG. It's missing some essential pieces (namely, a story), but it's fun, colorful, a great study for simple yet effective effects (love the fireball). The art-style inspired me to create a flash-based configurable avatar for Whirled. You can play with it, and customize it (just click on it). Here's a video demo.
- INFINITY BLADE : Like my Battleheart announcement, this is about a week late. However, there's been a long awaited update. Lots of great content has been added. My only warning to players is, if you attempt to play "New Game+" and you ever return to Bloodline 1 ... they really mean bloodline 1.
FLASH - issues with exporting videos to mov : solved
If you've ever experienced "artifacting" when exporting your flash to video (that's when you get all those ghosted pixels). There's a very simple reason for it. It took me forever to figure out. I'd spent countless hours exporting with virtually every possible combination of settings. Well, I finally stumbled upon the answer (in the Adobe forums, no less... fail).
I don't have Adobe Premiere, and I have yet to find a workable swf2video converter for Mac (shut up).
Flash (on a Mac... shut up), exports to quicktime. Quicktime runs on 30fps. So, the answer is simple ... all your animations have to 30fps in order to export without a glitch. I tried it. And it works. It's a pain in the ass to rework any older animations at 24fps, but at least now I know. And if you didn't before... so do you.
Newgrounds Redesign feature request
- email notification for pms (unless that exists, and I'm just not seeing it)
- Flash/submission sorting : I originally though it would be helpful to have automated categories (like vo, art, author, producer), that you could select and sort your flashes by. But after some thought, I think there's actually an even more useful solution... submission folders. With that, I could create a folder for "comedies", or "collabs", or "testing frame by frame", or "stuff I voiced for". Folks could then visit a user page and view how the user would like to separate their submissions. Just an idea.
Firefox vs Chrome 10?
I've been a long standing Firefox fan. However, I recently received this article on Chrome 10, and I'm considering the move. If you've already walked down this path, I'd love your thoughts.
- I have a corporate promo video, that I finished. Just waiting on the client to approve posting. (I will have to convert the swf to video, and seeing as I made it in 24fps ... I could really use some help from anyone who has a converter ... as I'm on a Mac ... shut up). The video features the music of Ockeroid and voice of Chris Zambelis.
- As always a ton of side projects that are getting pushed back as our company grows. But I'd like to finish a small tribute to "Dad and Me" vs "Castle crashers" vs "Pico".
- The music video is still on my plate.
It was great meeting Tom, Mike, Mindchamber, TS, and the rest of the gang. Seeing Luis is always a pleasure (rawr!). I got to meet and drink with some wonderfully kind and talented folks, and I hope it's not the last time. Thanks, Gory, for putting it together. Will definitely be at the next :D