Making Video Games
This is a topic that I’ve always thought about in my head, but I figured it’d be easier to organize all my ideas (along with sharing them to the world) via a WordPress post.
Making a video game. I don’t think there has ever been a point in my life where I DIDN’T wish I wanted to make a video game. Before I worked on my #1 passion under the name of LEAF XCEED Music Division and got where I am now, I did a variety of many other things (albeit still computer-related). There were points in time where I made my own “movies” and “games” in Microsoft Powerpoint, where I constantly looked for ways to improve my drawing skills, where I studied Photoshop tutorials, where I read up on QBASIC programming, where I tried making Flash animations and games, and where I attempted making my own website.
Nowadays, my daily activity has been drastically condensed to just composing and gaming for the most part. Along with that, I manage my hybrid website/blog as well as the multiple sites that I have set up for LEAF XCEED (Facebook, Newgrounds, YouTube, Last.fm…). Whatever happened to all the things I used to do before, to all the directions that I could’ve possibly gone if not for music? Nope, they didn’t disappear, I’ll give you that. They’ve been hidden away somewhere in myself, hoping that one day, in one way or another, they’ll find use again in my life.
How does all that connect to the post’s title? Easy. The creation of movies and games in Powerpoint and Flash might mean that I am capable of and enjoy making my own stories and directing my own cast of characters. Liking drawing and fancy visuals might mean that I’m capable of my own art style that’ll fit my story. Studying QBASIC and Flash might mean that I could possibly program entire events if I really put my mind to it. I spammed the words “might” and “capable” since those are things I’m not assured of, but in the music department, I don’t think I need to explain myself further, do I? 😀
It’s like everything I enjoyed doing in the past can all be utilized for one purpose, a purpose that I’ve always thought of, and makes all the prerequisites make absolute sense. It’s one thing composing, drawing or programming for something, but it’s another to take on a project all on your own, by yourself with minimal input from anyone else. Admittedly, I notice now that history shows that I’ve done way more of the latter than the former if not for certain restrictions. It’s no wonder why in the world of arts there are many things I prefer doing myself or at least I make sure that things go my way. So in the classification of people who work better with other people and people who work better by themselves, I’d hands-down say I’m the latter (I am not saying however that I don’t want to or cannot at all work with others XD).
Let’s take a break from text and have a showcase of what I did do in the past, shall we?
Now for some interactivity. Along with TWOUP EX I also was making another mouse game called Block Breakout which again, was never finished. I did however make a beta version for one of my affiliates, and I also uploaded it for you to get an idea of what I did back then before studio. 😄 It may work or may not, IDK how it reacts to Microsoft Office versions other than 2003. Download, open, enjoy.
As for Flash, I also did some movies which were all stick fights and games as school projects. What I uploaded was the best stick fight I had called Stick Fighters 3, and the computer project to create a simple Flash game which I called Pac-shooter, and you’ll see just why I named it that way when you try it out 😄
So there! Now it’s easy to see that in the past, I wasn’t just all about LEAF XCEED Music Division; there was a legitimate reason as to why I made LEAF XCEED a multi-division organization instead of sticking with completely different names for different artistic endeavors. After people read this, they’ll understand why sometimes I just have the seemingly random urge to make my own RPG, my own shoot-em-up or maybe my own visual novel even. That doesn’t just stem from nowhere. I have history, and I explained a huge bunch of it right here in this post 😄
I am absolutely sure that one of these days I’ll get to work on making my own video game. Not anything half-finished or never completed, but something I will finally take 100% seriously. If I get lucky, I could pull a Daisuke “Pixel” Amaya, also known as the creator of Cave Story, and make a great freeware game that would be enjoyed by so many.
Who knows what the future will bring? Only time will tell. Back then, I thought that my music wouldn’t get me anywhere soon, what with the differences of my style with the rest of the Philippines. But the internet makes the world a much smaller place. And here I am, continuously moving forward with LEAF XCEED Music Division. Who knows what’ll happen if I take it one step further and enter the realm of video game development. 😀