Updating our #introduction posts over here: hi! We're Packbat, an autistic nonbinary USian plural system and novice game dev. Our main focus right now is PICO-8, which we have found delightful to work in; we've also recently made games with LÖVE (Love2d) and Bitsy and made a couple tabletop games.
We love nonviolent and especially cooperative gameplay, good sound and art design, and games used as a tool of artistic expression and communication. We hope to make and appreciate cool stuff here. 💚
Whoa, so if I'm understanding this right, it looks like (fairly) cheap textured 3D is soon going to be a thing
Updated our PICO-8 asemic writing program to animate the drawing of the glyphs!
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Today's #PicoBatMusic is pretty short - messing around with similar ideas to the previous one, but restricting it to only two PICO-8 SFX channels.
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Was listening to some funk this morning and decided to take another hack at composing PICO-8 music with a similar feel.
...I like this. I think it works.
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Have done a give-it-vertical-size thing to the PICO-8 asemic writing cart! Good amount of progress in a day.
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Made a couple tweaks and fixed a bug on the PICO-8 asemic writing thing - still haven't done the give-it-vertical-size thing, but I think the shapes are a bit nicer.
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Watching Allison Parrish's microblogging about computationally generated asemic writing - particularly https://friend.camp/@aparrish/103869885174359266 about adding a little bit of repetition and structure - has inspired us to mess around a bit with making random glyphs using our PICO-8 bezier curve code.
I think there's definitely room for improvement in this - some kind of "at least this tall" element would make sense, I think - but I'm digging what's here so far.
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...we were already thinking this after the first Technology Connections video about his electromechanical jukebox, but the second has really added emphasis to our thought that a physics-based programming game where the player builds electromechanical systems to solve assigned problems would be fantastic.
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oh, Endless Mines is /cruel/. Really cool puzzle game for people who love Minesweeper, I think. https://ruin.itch.io/endless-mines
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Oh, that's interesting - it looks like TIC-80 doesn't implement any CPU limiting. https://itch.io/t/185977/is-tic-80-too-heavy-for-me
(Thread is from a couple years ago but I didn't see any indication of CPU limiting on the Wiki.)
I guess it's effectively the job of the developer to make sure their TIC-80 carts are polite in that way...
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My first thought was that the game should be made in PICO-8 because we've been working with that a lot, but something that can be used free like TIC-80 would probably be better - that way, there's no financial barrier to being able to play the game.
It'd also be good to have an option for the game to generate itself automatically, without the player typing in any code at all.
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When we were kids, our brother and us found a combination gamebook (like Choose Your Own Adventure) and videogame at the library used book sale. The player would go through the adventure in the gamebook making decisions, and at points they would be given blocks of Apple II BASIC code to type in. At the end, they would run the code and it would be a videogame customized to the path they took through the gamebook.
...Twine exists. Fantasy consoles exist. This concept could be made again.
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Tested a few other images (pro tip: crank up the saturation before importing to PICO-8 for better results) and did a quick tweak to the dark green.
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p.s. This one uses https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kew_Gardens_Waterlily_House_-_Sept_2008.jpg from Wikimedia Common's list of widescreen wallpapers.
p.p.s. License link is https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en
Was thinking about how a #pico8 X-COM-like game could be made and realized screen palettes could do lighting effects for day vs. dusk vs. night. Put together a couple out of the extended 32-color PICO-8 palette.
Tried to preserve differences in relative luminance, although obviously the darkest colors end up crushed down to black in the darker palettes and the lightest up to white in the searing-brightness one.
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(Image is https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Parrot.red.macaw.1.arp.750pix.jpg from Wikipedia's list of color palettes.)
(not!)game jam idea: tutorials
pick a tool, make a tutorial, try out other people's tutorials and give them feedback, revise your tutorial based on feedback, share with the world
tutorials that /inspire/ but do not /require/ creativity - like the games in https://mboffin.itch.io/gamedev-with-pico-8-issue1 with suggested graphics the reader can replace and code clear enough to modify in interesting ways
the world deserves more tutorials that get people into using tools and maybe a jam would be a way to make some
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i've put together a list of hundreds (!) of open source, experimental, and tiny tools for interactive, web, and game development
this rose out of my weird tools games class, where we have been talking about walled gardens, the politics and aesthetics that tools carry with them, the edges of “tool” and where it intersects with “game” or “playful media” and how much a tool can say about its maker
(but i also thought this resource might be particularly useful now ~)
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128 music ticks per second
divided by 255 music ticks per beat
times 60 seconds per minute
= 30.1 BPM
...that's pushing into the territory under 33 BPM where beat sense gets ... shaky. Where rhythm feels almost steady but also not, because the sonic events are just a little too far apart to connect in the mind.
...I guess the only thing to do is to play with it and to work around it.
(Example workaround: dropping a percussion line under it to define a faster, comprehensible pulse.)
Anxious autistic trans nonbinary system and lifelong gamer and games enthusiast. Has been getting into the game-making community in a serious way since late 2018.
she, they, and ze/zir pronouns.
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