For this weekâ€™s Thousander Club update:
Game Hours: 166.5 / 1000
Game Ideas: 432 / 1000
There are 26 days left until the deadline for entering a game in IGF 2007: Countdown to IGF 2007
This past week was another one spent mostly at my day job, and so all of my development happened on Saturday and Sunday. I probably could have spent a few more hours in development, but I let distractions get to me, the least of which was the five to ten minutes being tempted to learn Klingon while playing chess online. Thanks, cliffski! B-)
As suggested by others and my own thoughts after writing about porting physics code, I’ve decided to stop worrying about generalizing my engine too much. I will focus on making a Pong clone. I set August 18th as the date that I hope to have it finished, and I spent this past weekend working on creating some simple sprites for the game and designing some classes I would need for it to work. I already knew that if I wrote up a configuration file the way I think I would want to use it, I could code to make it work. I just never think to create other assets. Creating the graphics first helped me to focus my efforts, which allowed me to be efficient with my limited development time.
I’m a bit worried that I will miss the IGF 2007 submission date, but I believe that I can still make it with some serious effort. On the other hand, I haven’t finished a game since a Pac-man clone I did in QBasic in 1998. Is it unlikely that I can make even a slightly innovative game in less than a month?