Fab48hr Game Jam

This October long weekend just passed I went to Brisbane with a team from UOW for BriGDA's 48hr Game Making Challenge. I had a blast, and I feel really happy about our game concept, execution, and the music that I wrote for it.

The game was called Chroma Key and was a 3 player, co-op, puzzle platformer where each player had a halo of light around them (Red, Green, and Blue). If players stood next to each other, their light would combine to make Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and White.

There were also platforms in the same colours and when a player’s light (or combined light) rendered a platform invisible on the background, the platform would “not exist” and the player would fall to their death or get through a blockade.

I decided that I would make the music quite responsive to the environment and the players’ actions. I had an ambience track for each world, notes that would sound depending on what colour platform the players were close to. I also had little looped tunes attached to each of the players’ movements. The players’ themes were all in different time signatures (but same tempo) so that they always combined in new, interesting ways.

If this all sounds confusing, here is a video of some game play that includes the music.

I will be making a fixed version of the music for download in the next week or 2. At the moment I am thinking I’ll have it as 3 tracks (for the 3 worlds) that can also be played as one long track. To capture the feel of the game best, I think I will record a walkthrough of the game and get the audio from that.

- Jane

Anchors Aweigh Sampler Class: Pin-pricking

I’ve recently been doing a ‘Sampler’ art class at an awesome little studio in Wollongong called Anchors Aweigh Art Studio and it’s been so nice to do art without needing to hand anything in or be tested. I can muck around and experiment, not caring if I like what comes out or not. The ever talented & skilled Trina puts out some nibbles and makes us tea and shows us some incredible artists and their work, then we try some new techniques out.

I was introduced to Melbourne-based Ukrainian artist MISO last week and I love her stuff. Here are some photos from her blog:

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She also does amazing street art around Melbourne that I’d love to go and find when I’m down there in Oct/Nov.

Here’s a few pics of my paper-cut and pin-pricking efforts:

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I really enjoyed the process of making them. The really craft absorbs you and I felt really peaceful making it. I think I’ll try making some more.

-Jane

I’ve been noticing myself do so many little strange things lately. Putting something in the microwave and just watching it instead of turning it on. Flushing the toilet more than one time. Leaving my wallet or phone at home. They seem like small mistakes, but there are so many of them and I know they point to something much larger. Even though I feel like I “should” be able to cope with the load I have at the moment, that doesn’t mean I can, and persisting instead of changing something will only result in crashing later on. I need to have a reshuffle and a rethink. If I do less, I will do it better and be happier and safer.

- Jane