Ready to Gameboy Jam through Ludum Dare 34

 

Well, with Ludum Dare #34 Just around the corner, under 12 hours away as I type this out, I’ve been preparing myself to put together a Gameboy Game in Under 48 Hours, based around a theme. Which I’ll discover at 2am.

So, what am I doing to prepare for this then, huh, huh?

  1. Clear some space around me in my lil home office so I’m not being distracted by clutter.
  2. Made sure I have made a gameboy game recently,in a small amount of time, so I’m not going in to this completely blind. You can play it on your Gameboy here, it’s a tough space invader clone and didn’t take too long to make, just a bit of time to debug. GBDK is funny with variables sometimes!
  3. I Managed to write myself a handy tool to make sprite creation easier, meaning I can now use photoshop, export to PNG, run it through my tool and out pops the relevant data for both GBDK and it’s Tile editor program, I can see that saving me a bunch of time and allowing me to make more complex sprites a bit easier! I’ll pop this online at some point, just not right now though, time is pressing!
  4. Probably grab a bunch of snacks later on tonight for easy eating. Not too junky though!
  5. Most shocking of all, I’ll be getting myself a decent nights rest, so I can make sure I’m not going to burn myself out over the 2 days, I love game jams and everything that goes with them, but yeah, sleep, that’s important!

Why in the hell am I making a Gameboy Game? Why Not Use Unity. Unreal / Something else?

Haha, yeah, I’d normally be a Unity bod for any Gamejam, but, what with my recent endeavours with GBDK¬† and Gameboy Development I wanted to see what I can make, from scratch, in 2 days. I’m not expecting my entry to fare particularly well in comparison to other games out there, but, this is just for the joy of game jams!