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Forza Motorsport 4 Demo on Xbox Live

If you are a fan of racing games you should check out the Forza Motorsport 4 Demo now available on Xbox Live.  I played a a little bit of the 3rd installment and enjoyed it.  It reminds me a lot of Grand Tourismo but doesn’t seem to take itself quite as seriously.  Heres a link to the Xbox Live page http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/Product/Forza-Motorsport-4/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d8024d530910?nosplash=1&cid=majornelson.

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Creating Sprites for Robofish

Acid Gun

Acid Damage Effect Sprite

Just finished up a new article on the process we took in creating sprite sheets for Robofish.  Here is a snippet:

“Robofish is my first real game project and when I started working on it I knew that using sprite sheets was the preferred method for exporting graphics to the engine but I didn’t have a clue how to set them up efficiently.  Sprite sheets are basically large image files that tile out each graphic or animation’s frame so that the game engine can read the images in order according to the sheet and display them on the screen when called.  That sounds confusing, I am not even sure I understand what I just typed!  Simply, a game engine runs faster if it can see a bunch of graphics on one image file rather than thousands of individual images.  Jacob, my Brother and the programmer behind our games, and I knew this but our first attempt at sprite sheets wasn’t quite the most efficient.”

If you are interested in how we made the graphics and some of the troubles you run in to as new developers check it out!  Link to article: http://www.sparkrift.com/2011/1/creating-sprites-for-robofish

New Robofish Video: Hit Effects

Check out the latest video displaying a few of the weapon hit effects available in the game!

Hit effects are special abilities that you can apply to projectiles when you create a weapon in the weapon factory.  Some of the effects include freezing, life leech, explosion, teleport, and many others.  Keep checking back to see footage on other hit effects!

Dues Ex Live Action Trailer

Check out this sweet live action trailer promoting Dues Ex.  I can’t wait to play this game!