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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

Robofish Weapon Factory

When we first started working on Robofish our plan was to implement 10 unique weapons each with 10 levels of power that you had to upgrade as you progress through the game.  We completed all 10 weapons and their upgraded abilities before we realized that this just really wasn’t unique or innovative at all.  So about 70% into production we completely scrapped that idea and started working on the weapon factory.  The weapon factory, in a nut shell, allows players to create their own weapons.  As players become stronger and obtain more money in the game they can purchase stronger components for the weapon factory.  To see a more detailed explanation on the weapon factory and see it in action check out the video above!

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!

Personal Opinion: L.A. Noire (PS3)

L.A. Norie

I am calling these type of posts “personal opinions” for a couple of reasons.  One, I am pretty much a terrible writer as you will find out if you read any of my posts.  Two, because I am in no way a professional game/movie reviewer.  I am simply a video gamer who has opinions.  So, as my first personal opinion post I wanted to talk about a pretty hot game right now called L.A. Noire.  I assume most people who are going to read this already know about the game, but a brief description would be to say you play as a LAPD cop who moves up the ranks to detective and works on various criminal cases through different “desks”.  The different chapters in the game are referred to as “desks” such as Vice, Homicide, Traffic, and Arson.  As you progress through the game an over arching plot becomes clear and things start to tie together up until the end.  I liked the game, but I didn’t love it and I think it could of been a lot better… keep reading to find out why.

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Robofish Survival Mode Gameplay Video

Check out the latest video on Robofish!  This video displays our survival mode in action.  The difficulty is set on the hardest so you will see how a combination of a good weapon plus upgrades can really be useful for staying alive longer.  Check out all the Robofish media on the Sparkrift Youtube Channel.

Sparkrift & Robofish

Welcome to my personal blog.  I am currently developing Xbox Live Indie Games with my brother, Jacob.  Visit our website below to check out our latest projects.

Website – www.sparkrift.com