Pax Prime 2017 Highlights

27 09 2017

Another year of Pax Prime at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle Washington. The line to get in was quite odd, but a little  improvement. Instead of waiting to get in from the back of the convention, they made people wait in the overpass next door, which confused alot of people. but if you had waited an hour after it opened, you did not have to worry about any line at all to get in.

This year, there were more VR showcases, such a Skyrim VR in the Bethesda booth, a bunch of Playstation VR games (sparc?), and Dell was showing their new VR set.

 

Another theme I noticed was that there were plenty of “Ride the ___ and take a picture” themes at most of the booths. Mostly dinosaurs or dragons.

Speaking of dragons, the Dungeons and Dragons crew aka Wizards of the Coast was a no show this year which disappointed some people.

The swag this year was quite an improvement to over years, more T-Shirts, hats, and mouse-pads were given out to the attendees who checked out the latest games. Also, if you traveled a block away form the event, you can find a Monster Energy truck giving away their new soda, and Nissin was giving away cases of their Cup o’ Noodles. In the area, I was lucky enough to run into the creators of the show and Penny Arcade comic (Tycho and Gabe). They were cool enough to sign my badge.

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There were also plenty of Indie games you can buy, this year I got the latest Shovel Knight, and Broken age from the Limited Indie Run booth. Also, I got the Hunted Halloween 86 for the NES (yes, the original), the sequel to the one they made last year, which was quite fun. Other indie games had an impact this year, Nintendo has their Nindies area, after waiting in line for a couple hours, you get to play all the new indie games coming to the Switch in the next year and get to talk to the Develpers who made this. I was able to play to the next Shovel Knight: King of Cards, Floor Kids – a dance off game, Sausage Sports Club – A four player mini games  match, Super Meat Boy Forever – Super Meat Buy Sequel, they announced  No More Heroes: Travis Strikes Again, but did not show it off at the area.

 

Overall, this was a fun show, but drains the life out of you if you wait in the lines. Next year, the convention center should have expended a large mount of square footage, I wonder what the layout will be…

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Spin Attack! and PAX Prime is Next Week

27 08 2017

Its been a while since I last posted. I wanted to concentrate more on the mechanics of the game. I added a new fight ability, a spin attack.  Alpha-1 spreads its arms allowing Anna to spin and knockout enemies.

On a side note, I will be at PAX Prime next weekend. If anyone wants to meet up PM me on Twitter or Facebook.





#indiegames and #gamedev Now at San Diego Comic-Con 2017

1 08 2017

This year I was lucky enough to be able to attend to this years Comic-Con in San Diego, California. I was able to see the latest in games, movies, TV, and other entertainment.  The expo hall at the convention center in downtown San Diego was well organized, all of the gaming companies where in  one section of the hall (the end). Here you can see the latest games from Xbox, Capcom, Nintendo, Blizzard, and Namco Bandai (see pics below).  Nintendo was showing off their latest game, Super Mario Odyssey. Capcom was showing off Marvel vs Capcom Infinite. Xbox was showing the latest from Shadow of Mordor series. Also Bandai was showing Tekken 7,

 

Also, as a convention first, they introduced a Indie Game Meetup called Game Creator Connection, here you can meet with industry experts to get feedback on your game and get sage advice on anything in the field. The only drawback I had we only had time to only meet one expert. Hopefully next year, they can extend it to more. Also during the meetup, you can meet other industry types, such as freelance artists (such as Erik Arreaga  (pic below)), 3D artists, and other developers.

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Also at the con you get to meet various independent artists in other fields such as movies and comics. This year I was able to meet Lloyd Kaufman, creator of the epicly awesome Toxic Avenger and his new pic Return to Return to Class of Nuke’Em High Vol 2.

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Lloyd Kaufman and Toxie

Comic con is also a great place to be inspired to work on future projects an see what other technologies the entertainment field is coming up with.





Beyond the Infinite Abyss – More Destruction #ScreenshotSaturday

4 06 2017

This week I have been adding more destructible environments to Beyond the Infinite Abyss. Not exactly Micheal Bay style explosions. Also, I have been doing weekly dev video blogs for the game, check out my weekly #gamedev tests at http://facebook.com/bitcorestudios. To find out when the stream is up, be sure to follow/like our page on facebook.

 





Beyond the Infinite Abyss – Carry On #ScreenShotSaturday

26 03 2017

Adding new environments to the entrance to the catacombs. Too bad the loader does not have the power to move the boxes in this harsh landscape. Carry on. [d]

 





Beyond the Infinite Abyss – Evil Wizards and Rock Sentinels #ScreenShotSaturday

5 02 2017

New baddies added: Try to dodge the magic missiles from the evil Fish Wizard and Rock Sentinels! See below for a sample. [d]vugyi53pljvvy





Beyond the Infinite Abyss – Spider Sharks Alpha #ScreenshotSaturday

11 12 2016

A new monster to battle against in Beyond the Infinite Abyss is something scarier than a tornado of sharks, but a spider shark! Below is a sample video of some action here. [d]