Anyone who’s been following the Twitter account for BritBitGames will have noticed that things have gone a bit wrong over there with the suspension of development on the first game. I’d just like to take a moment to explain what went on.
BritBitGames was originally a three person team and the plan was to create some simple demos as a way of learning (or in my case re-learning, as I have worked in games development in the past but things have moved on quite a bit since I made games in BASIC on 8-bit home computers like the C64) how to turn ideas into working games. This lead to the development of the game Blokker, but we got there by jumping several steps in our learning curve, and by the time we’d realised we didn’t know what we were doing we had the start of a game and no idea of how to actually finish it. This lead to a rather messy development process, which wasn’t helped by the loss of all our work due to a failure of our backup system, which caused us to have to start over… And then we ran out of money… D’oh!
So, what now? Well, after a short break, BritBitGames will continue as a one person development studio and I’m going to go back to it with the original plan of making game demos and the view of turning at least one of them into a full blown game. I’m planning on getting everything up and running again around the start of June once I’ve finished with some other stuff that’s not games related.
So,what about Blokker? It’s been placed into a development limbo at the moment. I do want to finish it, but in order to do that I need to further brush up my game making skills. So by going back to basics with what I’m doing I’ll hopefully be in a position to tackle the project again at a later time. In the meantime I’ll keep it backed up on the system here (it works properly now) until it’s ready to be let loose back into the world.
There’s probably a moral to all of this somewhere. Probably something like “Don’t try to jump head first into a very deep pool when you’ve not learned to swim yet”. But they often say that failure makes you stronger, so I’m actually looking forward to getting back to BritBitGames.
Anyway, apologies for interrupting the usual astronomy posts with some gaming news… *gasp* Gaming news!?! How dare he! Normal service is now resumed.