Bit Crushed 1.0 Branding/Poster

I got to create the branding for the first Bit Crushed coming up this weekend, a new recurring chiptune show put together by Hang On Get Ready. Unlike the artwork I created for his EP, I thought going a little more in the pixel art direction would be appropriate. Initial concepts for the logo were far removed from the final version, much more in the vein of 90’s tech companies. After a bit of tinkering, I started toying with creating the graphics in PETSCII. Using the C64 TrueType font from Style. I liked the idea of basically doing font art with old hardware, and the character set of the Commodore 64 was perfect (even though I’m fairly certain everyone performing at the show is using a Game Boy or NES). After a few iterations the main type logo was finalized (with a number of variants not featured on the poster), and the music notes pretty much just fell into place after that.

 

Bit Crushed 1.0 features music from Hang On Get Ready, BC Likes You!, and Danimal Cannon, with visuals by SBThree. Doors open at 7pm. For directions to The Modeling Factory, ask your friendly neighborhood punk.

Carbon @ The 2017 BGS Showcase

So yesterday I went ahead and did a thing by demoing Carbon for the first time at the 2017 BGS Showcase. Full of bugs, lacking major features like sound, and lacking any real objectives for the player, it seemed to go okay for the most part.

As it stands right now, Carbon randomly generates a large cityscape environment the player can pilot their GeoDyne Carbon mech around in. It also throws in eight randomly placed bases (icospheres defended by turrets) and some not-so-bright tanks that have a surprisingly decent shot at killing players.

Biggest takeaway from demoing it last night: my level generation code needs work. There’s a particularly nasty pseudo-while loop that was causing the build to crash pretty frequently when the player wanted to “play again” after dying. Fixing the loop is pretty easy, but I’m still not thrilled with how it’s building the levels in the first place so I’d rather come up with a better level generation system anyway.

Another thing is the bases don’t do anything other than give you a bunch of points when you destroy them. I made the weapons system in the game robust enough that I could create just about anything, so I’d like them to drop new weapon configurations the player could pick up (kinda like Star Fox). Health pickups and powerups could be cool too, but for now, pew pew pew.

I really hate the mech design. It had been bugging me for a while now, but after last night I’ve decided it’s gotta go. It’s too focused on being low-poly, and that detracts from the general vibe I want the game to give. Still gonna keep that low poly aesthetic to a degree, but just not quite so harsh. I really want the thing to look like a Pontiac Stinger with legs, and right now it’s very much not. This vibe applies to just about all the other art assets as well, so there’s probably going to be a revamp of them in the future.

On top of sound missing, the game really needs some explosions. In a game where your main method of interacting with the world is shooting things like tanks and turrets, it just feels better if they blow up, throwing weird polygonal bits everywhere. Not a terribly difficult thing to do, just something I passed on in terms of priority when getting it ready for the showcase.

All in all though, I think it went pretty well. It got way more play than I expected it too, especially when it was in the company of some way better looking and more polished titles. And the people that did check it out seemed to enjoy it for what it was, so that was nice. I’m not sure what I’ll fix/add next, but if you wanna check it out for yourself and play the latest version(s), you can grab it at carbon.hellocld.com.

ANYYES by HangOnGetReady – Sneak Peek

My buddy HangOnGetReady has been making tunes with FamiTracker for a while now, and I’d say an EP release from him is beyond overdue at this point. Fortunately he’s got a really good one on the way, and he was kind enough to consider me for designing the artwork for the release. I thought with it’s impending release it’d be cool to share a couple “behind the scenes” shots of the artwork I created for it.

ANYYES by HangOnGetReady releases on May 16th as a digital download or CD Digipak on Bandcamp. Listen to his other music at hangongetready.rocks