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Escape Cod - Ludum Dare #21 (26 Aug 2011 at 08:49)
Last weekend I did another installment of the 48-hour solo video game programming competition Ludum Dare. They announce the theme on Friday night and then we draw and sing and program all weekend to try to put together a game. This time the theme was Escape, which was a weird theme for me because I've been working on a game just called Escape for like 13 years. The game I made last weekend is called Escape Cod and it's kinda like recursive fish pinball:

Escape Cod

The game's best understood by playing. The basic idea came from Ryan. Thanks Ryan. Initially there was going to be more pinball stuff to do inside the fish, but I knew that the transitions and animations were going to be tricky, so I did most of that first. By the time it got to mid-sunday, I was burned out on implementing physics and I had come to actually like playing the game in its current form, so I just kept doing polish. As usual, when the weekend ended I felt kind of down on the finished product (because of all the things I knew were wrong or wished I could do), but after seeing a few people play and the feedback on the entry, I'm pretty happy with it now. Escape Cod for yourself.

Do you recognize the Cape Cod scene illustrated? I had this canonical image in my mind that I thought was from a postcard or t-shirt that we had around the house growing up. I wanted to get it right so I searched around for image. Turns out I was imagining the bag of potato chips! The title screen is a tribute.

I recorded screenshots from my computer every 15 seconds as well as webcam shots of me touching my face a lot. It's stalkertastic.

I've now entered this a few times. Only Disco? Very! placed in the top 20 overall, but I have done well in the audio category several times. Priority Cats was #2, for example. Since all I care about is winning (winky-wink) I spent a bunch of time on the music for this game too, which you can get in a separate soundtrack.zip. Or make it like an interactive music video by listening while playing the game.
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jcreed (74.73.111.23) – 08.26.11 21:07:23
My favorite piece of textfile insight was:
It is impossible to write computer software without calling atan2 at some point
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Nels (24.131.238.59) – 08.26.11 21:22:07
Yessss. I finally won.
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Tom 7 (67.186.6.86) – 08.27.11 11:13:17
Isn't it true??
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Anonymous (86.30.203.134) – 08.29.11 13:36:03
Oh cool you made something, and it's kindaaaaaaaaaa neat (but yeah, it has problemmmss)

Christ, those spiral fish >_<
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Anonymous (207.172.201.118) – 08.29.11 20:35:50
RSS feed for radar.spacebar.org gives the following error:
Prescript ping failed: MySQL server has gone away
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Tom 7 (74.125.59.146) – 08.30.11 10:36:36
I'm not getting any error. Maybe it was a transient thing? (or on your end? I don't think that's an error string that's even in my code...)
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jonas (31.46.112.223) – 10.12.11 18:07:17
Quick question. Why don't you add an obvious link to your Pac Tom webpage ("http://pac.tom7.org/") from the main webpage of your internet ("http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~tom7/"), and possibly also from the other sites page of the another page ("http://carnage-melon.tom7.org/othersites.html").
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Otto (c-98-225-95-115.hsd1.az.comcast.net) – 10.30.13 05:03:20
Those yellow circle fish are the bane of my last 10 minutes!
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